10 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal matters. First impressions are often made the moment a potential home buyer or guest pulls up to your house.

And you want to be proud of your home. You want to drive up to your house and feel pride.

Here is some inspiration on how your can boost your curb appeal. We tried to include a wide variation of different ideas. Some are more costly than others, while some are more budget and DIY friendly.

01. Coat Your Home’s Exterior

One of the most effective ways to boost your curb appeal is to transform your outdated, faded, or stained exterior by having it coated with a breathable, permanent system. 

Not only will this give your exterior a fresh and modern new color, but it will also help give your home an extra layer of protection against strong UV rays and extreme weather conditions. 

With our advanced coating system, we offer a lifetime, transferable warranty, so you won’t ever have to worry about painting or coating your home again. And it can increase the overall value of your property.

Our coating is available for the following exteriors: stucco, brick/masonry, wood, and metal. And it’s available for application across the Edmonton area, including all of Central and Northern Alberta.

Are you located somewhere else in Canada? Check out CHIC’s dealer network to find an installer near you.

Also, if you’d like to learn more about our lifetime, fade resistant coating system, head over to our stucco coating page. And don’t forget to book your FREE estimate.

02. Update Your House Numbers

Updating your house numbers is a simple and cost effective way to boost your curb appeal. Try going for a look that will compliment the overall design of your home. For instance, metal numbers will likely pair well with a modern home design. In contrast, if you have a more rustic design, try opting for wooden numbers.

If you really want to freshen up your exterior, replace other pieces of hardware, including door knobs, mailboxes, and light fixtures so they match and compliment the rest of your property.

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03. Invest in Landscaping

Home and property owners invest quite a bit in maintaining their lawns. And there’s a reason. Your landscaping plays a huge role in the overall curb appeal of your home. But with the dry, hot weather we’ve been experiencing in Alberta, it can be difficult to maintain that vibrant, fresh look.

Here are a couple things you can do to maintain your lawn:

  • Invest in drought tolerant plants and flowers
  • Purchase a sprinkler if your zone permits lawn watering
  • Consider replacing your grass with landscaping stones or mulch, so you can easily maintain an attractive lawn without the continuous upkeep
  • Contact a local lawn maintenance company to have your lawn professionally treated with eco-friendly products

There are many landscaping companies you can contact to purchase professional services. However, there’s also many different ways you can update your landscaping yourself. Consider looking into some DIY landscaping projects that aren’t overly time consuming or expensive.

04. Paint Your Door

Chances are, if you coat your exterior, you might have to paint your door to compliment your new color. More homeowners are opting for contrasting door colors that add a bit of vibrancy or contrast to their home.

Depending on your budget, you may even consider replacing your outdated door with something new, fresh, and modern. Try opting for a door that allows natural light to enter into your foyer, which will not only look classic from outside, but it will also brighten your interior.

05. Modernize Your Front Porch Furniture

If you have a front porch, consider updating your furniture to boost your curb appeal. This could include something as simple as purchasing new cushions. Or it could include purchasing a brand new outdoor seating set.

We particularly like this simple wicker conversation set from Wayfair. It’s small enough to fit on most front porches, and you can add whichever cushions will best compliment your home’s exterior. Or you can also add an outdoor area rug to bring a splash of colour or contrast.

06. Add Some Statement Planters

Symmetry is always important with doorways. And one of the easiest ways to boost your curb appeal and create a welcoming touch to your exterior is to frame your entrance with statement planters. 

If you’re concerned about your less-than-effective greenthumb, you can always opt for fake planter arrangements. This is particularly useful if your entranceway receives little to no sunlight. 

Visit your local greenhouse or garden centre to find planters that will enrich your home’s exterior. 

07. Update Your Gutters & Trim

If you coat your exterior, there’s a good chance your trim will also need to be painted or updated. And that includes your gutters.

If you notice rust, staining, or mold/mildew build up on your trim or gutters, it might be time to replace them. Not only will these conditions affect the overall curb appeal of your home, but it could also lead to more serious problems, such as leaks, moisture build up, and damage to your wall assembly.

08. Improve Your Walkway & Driveway

Updating the walkway and/or driveway leading up to your home can greatly improve your curb appeal. And there’s no shortage of walkway options. Here are some ideas:

  • A quaint, brick or cobblestone walkway that’s perfect for a classic, timeless design.
  • A natural stone walkway to create a more rustic, unique look. However, be aware that natural stone walkways will likely require a bit more maintenance as they are prone to chipping, and they can become slick when wet.
  • A newly poured concrete walkway that is a more durable solution. To add a unique element, you can consider opting for a stamped design or a different texture and color.

Unless your walkway or driveway is cracked and needs repair, you can also pressure wash it to remove any dirt and debris. This a more cost effective solution to updating and improving your curb appeal.

09. Add Some Landscape Lighting

Landscaping lighting can dramatically enhance your nighttime curb appeal. And it can be as simple as purchasing some modern solar-power lights from your local home improvement store.

If you want to get creative, you can also install some porch lights to add a warm, inviting element to your home.

Some solar-powered lights even come with different modes and color variations. Another method is to uplight any trees you have in your front yard. This can create a focal point for your landscaping and enhance your overall curb appeal.

10. Modernize Your Garage Doors

There are tons of garage door designs and options that you can choose from to boost your curb appeal. From rustic, barnyard designs, to sleek, modern looks, there’s no shortage of selections. 

So consider the overall design of your home and choose a garage door option that will compliment your exterior.

Final Thoughts

Your curb appeal is important, especially if you’re considering selling your home. But even if you aren’t, your exterior can affect the amount of pride you have in your house. Even if your interior is immaculate, if you drive up to an ill-tended and unattractive exterior, it can be uncomfortable or even embarrassing.

Hopefully, with these 10 ways to boost your curb appeal, you can improve the look and design of your exterior and be proud of your home.

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