As summer begins to shift to fall, so begins the mad rush to finish all of your warm weather to-dos. Whether you’re planning to list your home or not, enhancing the curb appeal of your house can benefit the entire neighborhood. And, when it comes to curb appeal, a little can go a long way. Significant changes don’t have to be costly or time consuming, but they can make a world of difference for getting your house noticed. Check out some of our quick tips and suggestions below to find some inspiration!
Clean it up – After the snow, rain, and wind we experienced throughout Vancouver, the Willamette Valley and Central Oregon this winter, things got dirty. The best way to get things looking fresh is to power wash the dirt and grime away. As HGTV pointed out, “pressure-washing the dirty siding and deck, as well as the oil-stained driveway and faded walkways is an extremely cost-efficient way to increase your home’s curb appeal.”
But dirt isn’t the only thing that needs to be removed. Clear your front yard of weeds and excess clutter. Things should be clean and simple so that what you have on display can be enjoyed distraction free.
New hardware – Better Homes and Gardens made it clear that If the hardware is “out of date or dingy, your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you think it is. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces.” Especially if your house is on the market, you want it to be easy to find. Large, easy to read house numbers are essential and, traditional or modern, the style in which you choose your hardware should reflect on both you and the style of your home.
Have fun – The front of your house is the first impression people get when they come over, so make it fun and representative of you! Make your front door stand out by adding color – for inspiration you can look to our Designing in the Pacific Northwest blog. You can also add color to trim and shutters to make each element pop.
With everything happening inside the house, sometimes the exterior can be forgotten. Ultimately you want the front of the house to be as functional as it is nice to look at. It’s a space where you can bring the inside out and show your neighborhood your own personal style.