When it comes to making some new changes in your home, improving your curbside may not always be the first choice. In fact, this may be the last on the list of priorities of homeowners, in favor of fixing up the home’s interior first.
But, when you come to think of it, your home’s curbside should actually be on your list of priorities. Why? This is the very first thing outsiders see of your home before they’re even welcomed in. First impressions are always lasting, so it’s essential that your home gets a good one. An unimpressive curbside can hurt your home’s appeal and aesthetics.
To help you boost your home’s appeal, you may want to consider these improvement ideas for 2021 – and beyond.
1. Install a Security Mailbox
Theft is still a prevalent crime. One of the things these thieves can steal is documents in your mailbox. Now, you might say that the only things in your mailbox are paper and documents. As it is, those may not be that valuable. But, those documents may contain confidential, personal information you won’t like anyone else – strangers, in particular, to have access to.
For instance, you may be sent bills for your credit card, phone, and other utilities if you haven’t subscribed to a paperless system yet. Then, there’s also your bank statements, employment records, and others. If your information can be easily stolen, you might become a victim of identity theft.
One thing you can do to prevent that is to install a security mailbox. It is also referred to as a locking mailbox. There are many benefits to having one, and these include:
- It protects any unsupervised mail;
- It allows you more privacy;
- It’s also more convenient for postal workers and delivery employees.
2. Create a Sitting Area on Your Front Lawn
Whether you have a porch or not, it’s always a nice touch to have a sitting area on your front lawn. This addition makes your property feel more welcoming and homier.
It also adds a functional purpose to your front lawn. If you have a fence that defines your property, you can spend some time on your front lawn watching people pass by. Now, you have a choice to alternate between your front and backyard.
This addition is also great for families with children. You can sit comfortably on your front lawn and watch your kids while they enjoy some time playing with the neighbors.
3. Build New Shutters
If your home is leaning more towards the classic and timeless vibe, building new shutters is another good way to improve your home’s exterior. Aside from aesthetic benefits, shutters can also provide you more privacy. It gives you more control over how much sunlight gets into your home as well.
When you browse on the Internet, there are so many shutter ideas you can choose from, from simple ones to more complicated ideas. The choice is up to you, according to what you want to achieve in your home.
4. Add New House Numbers
Every home has a house number. But, do you have yours readily visible? Perhaps your house numbers are aging and are in dire need of new ones. Whatever the case may be, you can never go wrong with having new house numbers added.
To avoid having to hang up new ones regularly, create number signs out of durable and weather-proof materials. Also, when your house numbers are stylish, it sends the message that you pay close attention to details.
5. Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters may seem like a tedious task. But, if you want to improve your curbside appeal, this is one you’ll definitely have to do. Dirty gutters will always be unsightly to your exterior. It sends the message that the homeowners might not care enough to give their home a good clean.
Unclean gutters can be a hazard as well. It can weaken the foundation of your home. Because the water can’t pass freely due to the debris, it will flow to the house’s foundation and can cause cracks over time. Your gutters may give out and break to the weight it’s holding if you left them unchecked for too long. You wouldn’t want your gutters to fall on someone, unknowingly.
6. Install Air Conditioner Covers
If your air conditioners have been exposed out in the open, you may want to install air conditioner covers. This is as simple as building a fence or wooden covering around it, just to conceal the presence of the air conditioners. For more modern homes, you can also opt for wooden panels.
This may seem like an unnecessary detail. But, when you see the change in how it makes your home’s exterior look better, you’ll be glad you took this extra mile.
7. Trim Overgrown Plants
How often do you give your plants and shrubs a good trim? If it’s been too long since you last gave them one, you may also want to schedule landscaping services to trim those overgrown plants. Plants, when well-maintained, can make your curb and yard look great. Otherwise, those overgrown plants will only make your home look cluttered.
If there are visibly dead plants around your curb at the moment, then it’s time for you to remove those, too. For the other living plants you’d like to keep, make it a habit to trim those plants as part of your regular yard maintenance and upkeep.
8. Add Exterior Lighting
Exterior lighting serves more purpose than lighting up your home and deterring thieves. It can also make your home’s exterior look more sophisticated. Illuminate your porch and plants in strategic areas. There are so many options you can choose from, ranging from fixed lighting with all the electrical makings to solar lights which are also quite popular nowadays.
With exterior lighting, your home’s beauty and façade can be well appreciated even when the sun goes down. It also avoids anyone from tripping through steps and uneven parts of your curb, when you have guests at night.
With the tips above, now you have quite a wide array of ideas as to how you can improve your home’s curbside appeal. There are many things you can do from simple changes to bigger ones. In fact, if anything, the ideas above should show you that it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to improve your home’s curb appeal. If you got a few extra hours on a weekend, you can give your home’s exterior that much-needed mini makeover.