Barbara Corcoran once said that “Buyers decide in the first eight seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first eight seconds.”
Whether you are selling your home or not, curb appeal is important. What your house looks reflect on what kind of person you are. A clean home means an organized household.
When you move into a new home, whether it’s made from a prefab home kit or not, the very first thing you will have to consider is its overall appearance. In this sense, you will have to do a bit of renovating to give life to the house and get neighborly praise for it.
Indeed, once you have laid down the last piece of furniture inside the house, you can then focus your attention on how it looks like from the outside. First impressions last, and to give your home a stunning community welcome, a little extra effort to improving your curb appeal goes a long way.
It shouldn’t cost you a lot improve everything outside. There are a lot of ways to increase your curb appeal without breaking the bank. Here are just some of them.
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Maintain your yard
For many people living in the neighborhood, the first thing that anyone notices about your home is your front yard. To some extent, the way the grass is maintained reflects on your own capacity for good housekeeping. When the grass is unevenly mowed or kept dry in the summer heat, people will instantly wonder how your house looks inside. They wouldn’t want to know for sure.
So, if you want to increase your curb appeal, remember to trim the grass regularly and keep it hydrated through an effective sprinkler system. It wouldn’t cost you as much compared to losing opportunities to build relationships with your neighbors.
Choose a color palette that works
When it comes right down to painting the exterior walls of the house, choosing the right color combinations is crucial. There are combinations that work, and there are those that won’t. Either way, it is always important to exercise caution when shopping for paint. Getting the wrong colors, on the other hand, can is only a waste time and (more importantly) money.
To be safe, always refer back to the color wheel and try to experiment with opposite colors as well as different shades of a particular hue.
Decorate your porch
The porch is where you usually stay to relax and watch the world go by. It is also a part of the house that people see when they come for a visit. In that case, it is always essential to try out different cost-effective ideas that can improve your porch without pushing comfort to the sidelines.
For a start, you can shop for secondhand furniture such as rocking chairs and a coffee table. You can also place potted flowers you prepared yourself and DIY decorations. For instance, you can repurpose old crates into small tables that are perfect for a night of wine-sipping with friends.
Light the way
If you want your home to stand out even during the night time, you can install decorative lamps along the pathway to your door.
If you’re on a budget, you can shop for energy-efficient lamps. They are cheap, but they can emit just the right amount of light to keep your home visible from the curb.
Home improvement can be inexpensive. There are plenty of DIY projects that you can try. Ask friends to help you out. Not only will you save on labor cost but you can also spend time with your friends and family.