It doesn’t matter why you want to have better curb appeal—maybe you want to increase the value of your home before you make a sale, maybe you want to enjoy your front yard and make your home into a dream home, or maybe you just want to make all of your nosy neighbors jealous. These are all good reasons to improve your curb appeal. But how do you improve your curb appeal, exactly?
In this blog, the Simi Valley landscaping team at Swink’s Creations will give you a few ideas for how you can improve the curb appeal of your home. No matter what reason you have for a curb appeal boost, these tips and strategies will make your home make a stellar first impression on potential homebuyers and the entire neighborhood!
Refresh your front door.
Your front door is the focal point of your front yard—after all, everything points guests directly to your front entrance. If your door is old, cracked, and chipped, people are going to notice, and it’s going to drag down the otherwise pleasing aesthetic of your front yard.
There are plenty of ways to refresh a dated front door, the cheapest of which is to give it a new coat of paint. Painting your old door with an unexpectedly bright color can breathe new life into your curb appeal, and give your home a unique look and feel. We must admit that the fire engine red door is a bit played out at this point—so try something new like a mustard, a sea foam green, or a fuschia for a truly original and eye-popping look.
There are other ways to improve your door’s look as well, like by having a professional add glass door inserts, or by having a team like Swink’s Creations build the perfect pergola to frame your front entrance. These tweaks can add visual flair and dimension that will make your front yard the envy of the neighborhood.
Light it up a bit.
It’s not your face that’s making your selfies look rough—it’s the lighting. Harsh, unflattering light can bring out your flaws and hide your true beauty—and the same can be said for your home. If your home isn’t well-lit during the evening hours, it could make your home seem unwelcoming and downright creepy in some circumstances. Not exactly a recipe for great curb appeal.
You don’t need to flood your yard with light by any means—a few porchlights and some atmospheric lights will keep you safe when you take out the trash at night, and will keep your home looking stunning and secure. Better curb appeal through better lighting? Now that’s lit.
Repave your driveway.
That old, cracked concrete driveway isn’t going to do your curb appeal any favors, especially since you have dandelions and salvia poking up through the cracks. A great driveway should be more than just a slab of concrete—it should add visual dynamism to your front yard, even after years and years of being rolled on by your Suburban.
There are plenty of ways to improve your driveway that are visually stunning and cost effective. If your driveway isn’t cracked, but looks dated and dingy, concrete staining is a great way to freshen things up. For driveways in worse shape, concrete resurfacing or replacement is an excellent option—you can level things out and add a new stain, or switch it up with a grid of concrete pavers and artificial turf. The possibilities are endless, and the results will take your curb appeal to a level unmatched by your neighbors and many houses on the housing market.
Keep your lawn in excellent shape.
Your front lawn might not be used too much for sunbathing or playtime for your kids, but it plays a huge part in curb appeal. A lush, green lawn is incredibly cheap to create and maintain, while providing so much aesthetic value (and perhaps a little monetary value) to your home. Keeping your lawn looking sharp should be your highest priority if you’re looking to sell—if you lawn isn’t up to snuff, you might be turning homeowners away before they see what’s inside.
Add some flowers.
Neutral, neutral, neutral—this is the school of thought that drives most home improvement decisions, especially when it comes to curb appeal. Too many bright colors in your front yard can make things look cluttered, and scare away potential homebuyers, which is why many home improvement professionals recommend installing neutral siding, painting your door a neutral color (boring), and keeping things vanilla to appeal to a wide variety of homebuyers.
With that said, a home will look dull without a little color. Flowers are a temporary, yet effective way to add a pop of color to any neutral home—just have a few flowerbeds built, thrown in a mix of annuals and perennials, and step up your curb appeal game in a way that will grab the eyes of passersby and make those online listing photos stand out from the pack.
Trust the Simi Valley landscaping professionals!
Not sure how to boost your curb appeal for a lucrative home sale? Want to brainstorm more ways to make your front yard the yard of your dreams? Trust the landscaping professionals at Swink’s Creations. From design to installation, we can help with all of your curb appeal projects including landscaping, hardscaping, concrete resurfacing and pavers, front porch installation, painting, and anything else you would need to transform your front yard into something you truly love. We serve Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Camarillo, Newbury Park, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Oak Park, and west San Fernando Valley areas including West Hills, Chatsworth, Canoga Park, Woodland Hills, Northridge, Porter Ranch and Tarzana—so no matter where you live in SoCal, we can make it happen. Get started with us today.