10 Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Posted on April 24th, 2013

If the view of your house from the street makes a good first impression, many people – including prospective home buyers – will want to see what is inside.

Here are 10 simple tips to improve your curb appeal, many of which can be done in a day. Others may take longer or require the assistance of professionals but all will add value to your home.

Dress up the front door

Your home’s front entry is the centre of attention for anyone first visiting your home.  Giving your front door a splash of colour with paint or by installing a custom wood door will make a statement. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a wreath or a door hanging that reflects your personal style.

Polish up old hardware

House numbers, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all elements that can add style and interest to your home’s exterior. If they’re out of date or dirty, your home may not be conveying the message you’d prefer. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.

Perfect symmetry

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways.

Brighten things up

Adding outdoor lighting will not only make it easier for you to navigate your way home in the dark Montreal evenings but it will also add a great degree of warmth and security to your home. For a greener option, consider using solar powered lighting.

Add some green

Ready-made container gardens and planter boxes are available year round and they can immediately add a great deal of warmth and ‘life’ – especially after a long and harsh Montreal winter.  These are excellent options for homeowners who didn’t get blessed with the ‘green thumb’ gene.

Dress up the windows

Window boxes offer a fast, easy way to bring colour and charm to your home’s exterior. Choose boxes made from copper or iron for a traditional look, or painted wood for a cottage feel.

Add some outdoor art

Weather-resistant artwork such as bird-baths, wind chimes, metal cutouts and stone sculptures can add a great degree of curb appeal to most homes. Fountains should be placed at eye-level so home owners can enjoy the sound of running water in the spring, summer and fall months.

Consider shutters or an accent trim

Shutters and trim add a welcoming layer of beauty to your home’s exterior. Shutters also control light and ventilation, and provide additional security. Exterior shutters can be made of wood, aluminum, vinyl, composite, or fiberglass. New composite materials, such as PVC resins or polyurethane, make trim details durable and low maintenance.

Tile your doorstep

Create a permanent welcome mat by tiling or painting a design that contrasts with the porch floor or front stoop. Not only will you not have to worry about replacing the mat when it gets ratty, but you can impress your visitors with your creativity.

Fix up gutters and downspouts

While this may be a bigger job, your gutters and downspouts have a great visual affect on your visitors. After a long winter, these elements should also be checked for any damage or wear and tear. Damaged material is an excellent reason to replace or really spruce up gutters and downspouts.