I am a perpetual mover, never satisfied, and always seeing potential in the next house. Boxes aren’t even unpacked and I’m Zillowing, planning our next upgrade or downsize. Countless weekends filled with open houses and drive-bys finding the gem that needs a little TLC. Simple changes and curb appeal make me happy. First impressions matter!
My husband, on the other hand, is a “set down your roots” kinda guy; therefore, thoughts of moving again are horrifying! Waiting in the car at open houses to check football scores and hanging family photos right away keep him busy. Inviting the neighbors over is another trick to keep me grounded. Find our niche, participate in the Halloween parade or the progressive dinner, and even, God forbid, join the neighborhood board!
So, whether you’re a perpetual mover or a set down your roots kind of person, we all have one thing in common… we strive to make the best first impression! Character and curb appeal are a reflection of you.
Overall, simple and quick changes make a big impact on curb appeal and your home’s first impression!
1. FRONT DOOR:
First, your entryway is the focal point of your house. Doors should be welcoming, say something about you, and stay true to the architecture of your home. Whether you choose to paint your exterior door or buy new, this is an inexpensive way to add curb appeal. Fortune Builders say, “Entry doors have been known to return almost 104% of their initial investment.” People are actually getting back more than they spent on the price of the door.
Next, nobody likes to be welcomed by a light filled with bugs and cobwebs… or worse, no light at all. Every entryway needs a beautiful light for safety and curb appeal. Drive by your house at night… look critically at the entryway. Tiny little sconces plugged on either side of your door hardly give out any light. That’s a definite curb appeal disaster…not to mention an accident waiting to happen! Your lights should be between ⅓ to ¼ the size of your door.
Finally, remember, craft fair butterfly flags and Disney characters that somehow sneak out of Orlando and onto your home (gasp) are trouble. Funny welcome signs hanging on your door that say, “Dogs Welcome Anytime” aren’t a great first impression; with that being said, finding home in a basement… maybe, but on your front door or in your yard, not so much. Live plants in sturdy planters should be what’s on your front step. Beautiful greenery and simple wreaths may hang on your door. When in doubt, less is more, hence, keep it simple!
In conclusion, whether you’re looking to make top dollar on the sale of your house or looking for inexpensive ways to keep your house looking fresh, curb appeal matters. You never have a second chance to make a first impression…