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Article by Advantage Pro Services / May 20th, 2021

What Is Curb Appeal & How to Improve Your Curb Appeal

You may have heard people talk about curb appeal, but do you know what it really means? Merriam-Webster defines curb appeal as ‘the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street’. And we think that’s a pretty good explanation.

There could be all kinds of different reasons that you may wish to improve your curb appeal and, if you do, then this guide is for you. Today, we’ll be looking at what curb appeal is, what the benefits of curb appeal are, and some practical pointers on how you can increase your own curb appeal.

Why increase your curb appeal?

There are a number of reasons why you may wish to increase your home’s curb appeal, including:

  • It can dramatically increase the value of your home
  • It can make it easier to sell your home
  • It helps you make a better first impression
  • It makes your home more attractive from the outside

Regardless of why you choose to give your curb appeal a boost, you may be pleased to know that it can be really simple to do!

How to increase your curb appeal

Increasing your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to break the bank and there are lots of different things you can do to make a big difference quickly. Below are just a handful of the things you can do to get your home looking wonderful. 

Lighting

There are so many lighting options out there. You can choose LED lights to line your pathway, solar powered lights in your flower beds, or something else. Whatever you choose, adding a touch of light can make your home and garden look spectacular when the sun goes down/

Pressure washing/soft washing

Having your home’s exterior (walls, driveway, fences, siding, etc.) pressure washed can have a huge impact on its curb appeal. It makes your home look as good as new and also gets rid of nasties that can build up and cause allergies such as mold and mildew. 

Lawn care

Keeping your lawn in ship shape will do wonders for your home’s attractiveness. Lawn care is pretty simple if you do your research – if you’re not sure how to care for your lawn, this seasonal guide from Wikilawn will tell you what you need to know.

If you’ve taken the time to care for your lawn, it creates the impression that you’ve taken the time to take care of the rest of your property, too, which is great if your aim is to sell your property.

Nothing beats the real thing, but if you don’t want to care for your lawn, artificial grass could be a great alternative.

Plants and flowers

It’s amazing what a pop of color can do for the overall appearance of your garden. The plants you choose will entirely depend on your location and personal taste, but we do have some recommendations. Plants such as acers, fruit trees, cape plumbago, and petunias are all great for bringing your garden to life! 

Clean your windows

This might seem obvious, but so many people overlook it. Having the interior and exterior of your windows cleaned thoroughly and regularly can increase your curb appeal, especially if your building is near to the sidewalk. It’s easy to not notice how much dirt gradually builds up on your windows. Once you get them cleaned, you may be really surprised at the difference it makes!

Pay attention to the details

Of course, things like pressure washing, lawn care, and lighting can make a really big impact. But the finer details will smarten up your home, too. Here are some small things you can do to smarten up your home quickly:

  • Clean your gutters and get broken gutters fixed
  • Paint your front door
  • Fix up any paint
  • Trim your hedges and shrubs 
  • Get a new mailbox 

These are only a handful of things you can do to step up your curb appeal, and brightening up your home can be a really exciting activity. 

If you’d like to get your home looking spick and span, we might be able to help you. Advantage Pro Services offers home maintenance in Houston, Texas. Our team of expert technicians will pressure wash or soft wash your walls, fences, driveways, siding, and patios. We also offer interior and exterior window cleaning and gutter repair and replacement services. Click here to get a quote.

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