Whether you’re ready to sell your home or just want to boost its curb appeal, the front facade of your home is a very important element that should receive regular upkeep and attention. Sometimes a first impression of a home makes all the difference when it comes time to sell or lease your property. If you’re not selling, the facade is likely to add to the value of your property, transforming it into your dream home. Enhancing the facade of your home is relatively inexpensive, and there’s much creativity involved in picking out materials. Here are 10 cost-effective ways to spruce up the front appearance of your home.
When windows start to get dirty, have saggy window frames, or get damaged with cracks, it’s time for some general remodeling. Remove any rotten window frames and replace windows if you have to for a cleaner, more modern look. You may even consider getting some double-sided windows for more insulation, as older homes probably didn’t come with energy-efficient windows. You may even want to consider painting them a different color as a contrast to the rest of the house. Bear in mind the prominent color of your home’s brick, stone work, and other features before choosing a different color. Finally, large windows may enable outsiders to see your blinds, curtains, or drapes, so also be sure those are in good condition and also follow similar color schemes.
The path leading up to your front door is a prominent feature of the facade, as it is well traversed and is usually a focal point. The steps, driveway, and/or pathway should be swept of leaves and free from unnecessary clutter. You want to keep these pathways leading to the front of your door as orderly as possible — this includes trimming overgrown grass or plants from the walkway. Power-washing dirty driveways or pathways will also instantly enhance the overall appearance of your home
Peeling paint is just not a good look, and takes away from the initial impression of a home. While a fresh coat of paint may not always be necessary, it’s a good idea to touch up on any peeling spots until you do decide to repaint entirely. Always buy one or two extra cans of paint to save for future touch-ups.
The numbers on your home provide another outlet for you to be creative and customize the look of the front facade. However, number plaques can easily go wrong — hard-to-read numerals, hard-to-read painted numbers, or plaques with pictures generally should be avoided. Consider numbers that are large, easy to read, and have a simple design. Not only is this more practical and attractive, but it’s also a matter of safety. Emergency services can locate your house much faster if it the numbering is clearly marked.
A front facade is greatly enhanced with flowering trees, plants, and evergreens. No matter how small of a space you may have, try to add some greenery to liven up the space. Houses look even more beautiful with plant trails and landscaping leading up to the home. If you have no space in the front, you can be creative with window planter boxes or potted plants.
Lighting is an essential component to the overall look of your home. It doesn’t always have to be symmetrical, either. Consider lighting key paths (the pathway leading to the front door) and lining the sides of driveways or entrances to the garden with walkway lights. These come in easy-to-assemble kits and in many designs. There are even solar-powered lights that don’t require any electricity, making them easily movable if you want to change up the look. You can also choose a new light fixture for porch areas and entrances. Even a small wall-mounted, battery-powered fixture can do wonders.
Mailboxes come in so many shapes, sizes, and types. If your mailbox is looking a bit sad, it may need some sprucing up. You can invest in a new mailbox, or make your own. Creative mailboxes mimic the look and style of your home, or stand out for being unique and modern. You want your mailbox to catch the eye of passersby, but not for the wrong reasons.
Homes in especially dry and arid climates should pay extra attention to the maintenance of the front lawn. Lush green lawns truly contribute to the look of your front facade, and you don’t want dying, yellow grass to make your home seem untidy and sad. Invest in a sprinkler system or fertilize your lawn every month to keep grass healthy and growing.
Many old homes from the 1950s to 1970s were built using cheap bricks or pebbledash cladding, which don’t do much in terms of aesthetics for the facade of a home. One of the best ways to truly transform the look of your home is to change the cladding. There are so many options to explore here — painting over ugly brickwork, completely or partially changing cladding, or only replacing certain decaying pieces. Nowadays, so many innovations have led to affordable and durable new materials. Concrete tiles, timber, PVCu, softwood, and hybrid bricks are just a few options you can explore.
It sounds obvious, but the first thing visitors are going to look at (after the initial overall impression of the facade) is your front door. While you can choose to replace your front door with a grand-looking one, you can also enhance old doors by painting them, installing glass, changing handles or glossing them. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint — get creative with the color theme or go for a more contemporary look with matte, muted, or washed out colors.