Spend five minutes watching HGTV and you’ll probably hear something about curb appeal and how to boost it. Curb appeal is how attractive your house is from the street and has long been a concern for realtors selling a house. A house with poor curb appeal can easily turn away potential buyers regardless of what the house looks like on the inside.
More and more homeowners are also setting out to improve the curb appeal of their homes for their own enjoyment. There are a number of things that can go into boosting curb appeal and you can spend a lot of money. But what if you wanted to just quickly boost the curb appeal? Sometimes just cleaning up a few things can make a huge difference and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money.
Below are a few things you can do to quickly boost the curb appeal of your home. Once you’ve done this, you may be able to more easily assess what kind of big (or small) curb appeal projects you want to take on.
Driveway and Sidewalks. Driveways and sidewalks are bright and pretty when they’re new, but they can age and discolor quickly. Their job leads them to get dirty quickly. A yard with a lot of trees can also cause driveways to color faster as the sap drips on them and then collects dirt. Luckily, this is an easy fix. A quick power wash cleaning can have your cement surfaces looking bright again.
Fences. Most fences can be seen from the street—even backyard fences. This means they’re part of your curb appeal. Fences that have aged, peeled, or been damaged can have a negative impact on the overall look of your home. Giving your fence a little TLC can be done over a weekend and make a big difference. It’s important to replace any damaged boards, especially if they pose a hazard to children and pets. Power washing a fence helps to rid it of build-up, including mold, grime, and residue. After a good cleaning, you can stain the fence a color that complements your home. This will have your fence looking new again.
Porches and decks. Much like fences, wood porches and decks need some occasional revitalization. Power washing and staining these structures can breathe new life into them. This helps with the overall look of your home. For a more finished look, add some comfortable patio furniture and potted plants to create an outdoor living space.
Windows. Replacing windows can be a huge and expensive project, but washing them isn’t. When we see our house day after day we don’t seem to notice how our windows are slowly getting very dirty. If you go outside and wash one window, you are sure to see what a huge difference cleaning them can make. Now imagine all of them sparkling and shining. First-floor windows are manageable, but second and third-floor windows can be problematic. You may want to call in a professional for this to avoid any potential accidents.
Exterior. House with siding or light-colored brick can show a lot of dirt. Home exteriors can also be power washed to a sparkling clean. If there isn’t any major paint chipping to contend with, cleaning your exterior can be an affordable solution to quickly improving your curb appeal.
So before you go and spend a lot of money on new landscaping, paint, or architectural installments, try to clean up and see if you’re not happy with how much your home’s appearance improves. If you don’t have the time or ability for these projects, call in a professional power washer. They can quickly and easily handle the cleaning and you’ll be able to see a quick boost in your overall curb appeal.