How to Increase Your Curb Appeal

This article was contributed by Vanessa Woznow, National PR Manager.
How to Increase Your Curb Appeal

Whether you are looking to sell your home, or create a warm and inviting exterior for your house, there are many cost-friendly, easy, fun, and beautiful ways of increasing your curb appeal.

Because, after all, first impressions count.

The tricks to remember are: keep it simple, and keep it cohesive. Don’t go out of your way to build intricate and involved facades, and don’t break the bank collecting all of the details to put it all together. Stick to one aesthetic that works for you, your family, and your space. If you try and combine too many ideas, your end result will feel disjointed and messy.

So ask yourself: What do I like? Country chic? Modern minimalism? Big, bright, and brilliant colours?

Answering these questions will allow you to build out your plan and decide what areas are best to focus on. You can also incorporate the following four tips to boost your home’s curb appeal.

Fun with doors

A statement door can be a great way to catch the eye of a prospective buyer. If your home’s paint colour is a neutral tone, play up the contrast by painting your door a rich red or deep purple. You might also think about going retro by outfitting an antique wooden door or choosing one with beautiful stain glass woven throughout its design.

If you like to adorn your door with simple and sweet accoutrements, think about hanging a beautiful wreath (that you can change to fit the different seasons) or placing a beautiful welcome mat at the entrance to your home.

Keep it clean

The exterior upkeep of a home greatly impacts how potential buyers feel about a place. Dave Notte, Managing Director of Shack Shine, a house detailing service, and sister brand to You Move Me, recommends power washing walkways and patio spaces to make these areas more inviting. When they are clean and tidy, buyers will imagine themselves using these spaces all year round.

Try to keep any outdoor tools, bins, and furniture to a minimum, and be sure to clean your windows. Squeaky clean exterior windows will make your home literally shine, creating a warm and welcoming environment.

Let there be light

Outdoor light immediately makes a space inviting and cozy. Plus, it adds an element of safety and security - a must for both potential home buyers and new resident

You can use low-voltage lighting to highlight your favorite parts of your garden and lawn, a well as illuminate pathways and stair cases. Solar lights are great for low-rise lighting fixtures, and you can also have fun hanging beautiful fairy lights or small lanterns from both trestles and trees alike.

How does your garden grow

Flowers in the front garden; flowers in clean, freshly painted window boxes; flowers in beautiful, symmetrical pots placed one each side of your front door - no matter how you plant it, you cannot go wrong with flowers.

You could also consider purchasing a few hanging baskets that you could attach as fixtures on your porch, or just off to the side of your front door.

Flowers add beautiful pops of colors to your yard and the outside of your home, and are a great way to create a friendly, approachable feel to your house. Plus, depending on the type of flower you choose, they will keep coming back every year, without any work on your part!

There are so many different ways to boost the curb appeal of your home. Have fun incorporating color, light, and nature into your look. No matter what you do, you’ll create a space that you and your family love.

Vanessa Woznow is the National Public Relations Manager for You Move Me and sister company WOW 1 DAY PAINTING. Having spent much of her life moving between the East and West Coasts of North America, she now mostly moves around Vancouver wearing her running shoes.