curb appeal ideas
Jun 30, 2022
Publish by Brett Murrell
Category: Selling

8 Curb Appeal Ideas to Attract Home Buyers

As a seller, one of your responsibilities is making sure that the house is in a ready-to-move-in condition before finally handing over the keys to your buyer.

That means handling the necessary repairs and taking on small renovation projects. This also helps increase your home’s property value. Check out some home staging tips to find out how you can style your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

And even though first impressions don’t always last, it’s still important to make a good one—especially when selling your home. Here are some curb appeal ideas that can help you make your home more attractive.

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Clean, Clean, Clean

There’s nothing more attractive than seeing or walking into a clean home. It gives off the impression that your house has been loved and well-maintained throughout the years. It can even make your home look and feel brand new.

Use a pressure washer on your exteriors and driveway to really get all the dirt and stains your house has accumulated all these years. Just be careful not to damage these surfaces as the repairs could be costly.

If you don’t have a pressure washer or want to make sure the cleaning is done right, hire a cleaning company instead.

Add Some Contrast

The easiest way to make your home more noticeable is by adding some contrast to it. Give it some distinction from other houses in the neighbourhood. Because why conform to the norm when you can make your property stand out (in a good way) instead?

Painting your front door helps in doing so. If you have muted or neutral exteriors, you can give it a kick with the right pop of color. The key is to strike the balance between making a statement and not going too bold with your color choice.

It might be nice to stick to a specific color palette with three colors. Have a muted or neutral color for your siding and exterior walls. Then, add a complementary color or tone like white or black to highlight your trims, railings, and posts. For the third color, you can go for a strong color that still coordinates with your color palette.

Repainting can also help make your home look newer and more polished.

Give It Life

Another affordable way to spruce up your curb appeal is to add some plants. It’s good for the health and the environment. And it easily makes your home more inviting.

You can go simple with potted plants or window boxes. These are much easier to maintain, especially if you don’t have quite the green thumb. Play around with some colored pots or flowering plants to give your home a little pop of color.

Shrubs also look good at the front of your home. But if your landscape still somehow looks flat, try adding boulders, planter boxes, or retaining walls to introduce a fresh element and color.

Unique Outdoor Features

One of the proven ways to increase your curb appeal is by adding unique outdoor features. These make your home more distinctive and easier to identify.

Try investing in some good-quality and durable house numbers. These come in lots of different styles, so you won’t find it hard to find something that will fit your home’s aesthetic. Just make sure you put them somewhere that’s for others easy to see.

If you have a mailbox, it might also be a good idea to upgrade it. There are a lot of modern mailboxes on the market today that are both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

Setting up some outdoor furniture like chairs or benches in your front yard also helps make your home feel cozier and more welcoming.

Garage Makeover

For homes that have a garage out front, a simple garage door makeover can bring such a huge improvement to your curb appeal.

The huge slab that is your garage door can really affect your home’s aesthetic. But then again, that also means you can easily revamp it by adding a few small decors.

If you have a textured garage door or one that has patterns, try playing with some paint. Just make sure that the colors still complement your home exterior design. If you want to use a bold color (maybe one that’s similar to your front door), use it only as a highlight or accent.

Or if you want, you can add some faux hinges, latches, or even windows to give it a little more character. The whole point is to make sure that you give your garage door some depth and dynamism.

Window Upgrade

Window shutters are a way to add a little more privacy and security to the home. In the summer, it’s also a great way to let the breeze in without having your room bathe in the sunlight. It could even act as a natural sound barrier.

Window shutters give your home a unique charm. And maybe that’s why people love them. They’re more common in homes with traditional aesthetics. But there are also options available in the market today for modern homes.

Define Boundaries

If your home is close to the road or sidewalk, it would be a good idea to define where your property starts. It helps give you more privacy and makes your house look homier.

Try adding a fence to your front yard. Most people would opt for a white and wooden one to really achieve that picket fence look. But there are other materials like steel or metal that can also look good when used as a fence.

It really doesn’t matter what material or color you choose to go for as long as it complements your home and improves its appeal.

Light It Up

Lastly, a sure-fire way to increase your curb appeal is to add lighting fixtures to your front yard or porch. Plus points if you use energy-efficient or solar-powered ones.

Illuminate your driveway with ground lights. This not only helps you see better at night but also makes the whole area more appealing.

You can also add a couple of small lanterns on your gate or front porch. These really help brighten up your space at night and possibly deter intruders who might be lurking around the neighbourhood.

Remember that a well-lit house always feels more welcoming and more joyous.

Selling Your Home

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Selling your home is not as easy as making a listing and waiting for a buyer to contact you. Before you can even focus on your responsibilities as a seller, you first have to make sure that you attract as many potential buyers to check out your property.

While most people focus more on the interiors of the home, the exteriors should still not be neglected. After all, it’s the first thing that people see when they visit your home.

So, you have to make it count. Again, here are some front yard curb appeal ideas to make your home more appealing to potential buyers:

  • Freshen up your home’s exterior by cleaning the walls and driveway.
  • Make your home more striking by painting your front door a bold color.
  • Give your front porch more life by adding some shrubs or potted plants.
  • Make your space more unique and distinctive by adding house numbers, upgrading your mailbox, and setting up some outdoor furniture.
  • Add depth to your garage door by repainting it or adding some faux hardware.
  • Improve your home’s privacy and security (aesthetics, too!) by adding window shutters.
  • Define boundaries by setting up a fence in your front yard.
  • Brighten up your space at night by adding lighting fixtures to your driveway or front porch.

If you’re selling your home, you’re going to need somewhere to move to. Why not consider living in Okotoks? This small town just a few minutes away from Calgary will give you the perfect balance between urban and rural living.

Contact us if you want to look at some Okotoks properties today and we’d be more than happy to assist you.

Written By
Okotoks Realtor | Griffin Real Estate | Brett Murrell

Founder/Realtor® Team Lead/CIR REALTY Okotoks Owner

Brett Murrell

I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, where I’ve brought dedication, hard work, trustworthiness, and loyalty with me into life and work. Farms and acreages have always been a big part of my life, and I bring those values and knowledge to my clients who seek my help. I care about what’s best for my clients, and I don’t stop until they’re happy.

Helping others goes beyond assisting them in viewings or paperwork, sometimes it’s lending an extra pair of hands unloading a U-Haul, helping with home repairs, or watching their pets.

My background in construction along with first-hand acreage living gives me an advantage over other REALTORS®. Whatever your acreage concerns are, I’m the expert on it.

There’s nothing more satisfying than helping people and teaching them along the way in their real estate journey. It’s satisfying to help them find a place they’re truly happy with.