Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal with These DIY Projects
When you put your home on the market, it’s all about the curb appeal. Potential homebuyers
aren’t going to be interested in viewing the rest of your house if they aren’t impressed with the
exterior. Small changes to your curb appeal can make a big impact when people check out your
home online or through other listing services.
Improving your home’s curb appeal is all about working with what you have. Go with the design
elements that you already love and focus on updating and refining details that homebuyers
notice. A lot of what needs to be done is not different from your basic spring cleaning yard work.
Trimming the hedges, cleaning out gutters, adding mulch to flower beds and mowing the lawn
are all great places to start. However, if you really want your home to stand out, you have to go
the extra mile. These helpful DIY projects are a great place to start.
Pressure Wash Your Driveway
Your driveway has probably seen its fair share of traffic over the years and shows it. A good
pressure washer can rinse away years of tire marks and scuffs to reveal cleaner and brighter
concrete underneath. There are definitely services that can do this job for you, but if you have
access to a pressure washer yourself, it’s really a simple you are capable of doing yourself.
Plus, it can be cathartic watching all that dirt and grime blast away.
Ask around your local hardware stores for quotes on renting a power or pressure washer to get
the best deals. You have to invest in other products and accessories including degreaser and
detergent to effectively power wash your driveway. Always read the instruction and safety
manual before using a piece of heavy machinery like a power washer.
If you don’t have time to repaint your entire home’s exterior, you can still update its look and
draw the eye in with a bright new color on your front door. It may seem crazy, but it can be a
little detail like an interesting front door that makes a home shopper want to look inside. If there
is some sort of funky, cool detail apparent to visitors, they will want to see more.
When choosing a color, don’t just pick the brightest or wackiest option you can think of. Work
with your home’s existing color scheme and find something that complements the other
elements of the house rather than overpowering them. Try taking a digital picture of your home’s
exterior and experimenting with different color options through photo editing software or an
online application to get an idea of what works best.
Adding solar lights to your front yard combines two things homebuyers love: It looks great and is
eco-friendliness. Lend some illumination along flower beds and walkways so people can get up
and around the yard even on the darkest nights. These sun-powered lanterns are a great option
because they don’t add to a home’s utilities bill. Plus, they are low maintenance to boot.
More tips for adding solar lanterns to your front yard:
● Use lamps to highlight garden features like fountains or benches.
● Keep them out of high traffic areas to avoid accidentally destroying them with your lawn
mower or car.
● Solar lanterns need the maximum amount of sunlight throughout the day. Observe the
shadow patterns of your front yard and avoid placing lanterns in shady spots.
● Some larger solar lamp systems attach to a panel that absorbs sun energy. Research
which option is best for your home’s needs before investing.
● All solar lanterns need to be fully charged before installation.
● Water soil a few hours before installation to make it easier.
Your home’s curb appeal draws in potential buyers when you put it on the market. Beyond your
normal yard maintenance, you can help your home stand out from the rest with extra projects
that improve curb appeal. Pressure wash your driveway to remove stains and make concrete
look like it was just poured. A new coat of paint on the front door can update your entire home’s
look. Finally, add eco-friendly illumination with solar powered lanterns that highlight your yard’s
Article provided by Bret Engle from DIYGuys.net.