17 Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

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Everybody wants that picture-perfect, delightfully welcoming home. Whether you’re a fan of the sleek minimalist look or country cottage chic, improving the curb appeal of your home need not take a lot of time or money. If you’re looking into giving your home a bit more curb appeal, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll be discussing 17 fantastic ways to improve that all-important first impression. So, without further ado, let’s talk about all things home improvement.

17 Incredible Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

From trimming the lawn to giving your driveway a much-needed spruce up, there are so many things you can do to make your home shine from all angles. Even just a few tweaks here and there can make the biggest of differences.

Let’s take a look at 17 of our favorite home improvement tips for improving curb appeal and first impressions. You’ll be wowing guests once more in no time at all.

1. Maintain Your Garden

An unruly garden is the first giveaway of an unkempt property. Simply maintaining your lawn and garden will do wonders for your property’s curb appeal. Rule number one. Nothing should be overgrown. That means keep the grass at a neat and tidy length, trim those hedges, and root up those weeds. Even without any elaborate landscaping, your garden will look neat, tidy, and elegant.

And keeping your garden in order need not be an arduous task. With the right tools, you can spruce up your lawn and hedges in a matter of minutes rather than hours. Investing in a good quality leaf blower and trimming tool will make the world of difference to your gardening maintenance routine.

Here at Big John’s, our range of industry-leading trimming tools is ergonomically designed and super lightweight. Perfect for keeping hedges and edges perfectly trimmed all year round. We also stock a fantastic range of leaf blowers from electric handheld blowers to vacuum shredders and backpack blowers.

Plus our blowers are all low noise so you won’t even have to bother your neighbors. Check out our selection of leaf blowers for sale here.

2. Upgrade Your Front Gates or Fences

First impressions count. So give those garden fences and gates a spruce up. These are the features that frame your property. There’s nothing more enticing than a beautifully presented exterior.

So, gives those fences and gates a lick of paint and carry out any overdue repairs. Go bold and bright or classic and chic. A fresh lick of paint is guaranteed to keep things looking fresh and inviting.

3. Power Wash Walls, Walkways and Driveway Areas

A power wash can make the world of difference to exterior surfaces. Wood cladding, stone slab, brickwork, render, you name it. A power wash will transform walls and driveways and have them looking like new once more.

Focus on external walls, paving, paths, and driveways. A power washer will get rid of years’ worth of grime, moss, and debris in minutes leaving everything gleaming.

Here at Big John’s, our pressure washers make cleaning the exterior of your property a walk in the park. We’ve got washers for every kind of job - big and small and all of our washers come with powerful engines for some serious cleaning power. Check out our range of power washers for sale here.

4. Repaint Your House

If you’re feeling like a full-body makeover, why not repaint your entire house? Depending on your budget you can either hire a professional painter or get down and dirty with some heavy-duty DIY. Either way, a new lick of paint I guaranteed to bring your home’s exterior back to life.

5. Revamp Your Porch or Patio

Here’s one of our favorite tips. Revamp your entrance porch. This is where you meet and greet your guests after all. So make sure it’s looking absolutely fabulous. Clean your front door, give it a lick of paint, add some gleaming new hardware and (if you’re feeling really fancy) match the shade on your garage door.

Because nothing improves curb appeal like color coordination. As a final touch, add a beautiful doormat, wreath and planter to welcome your visitors.

6. Clean the Windows

Nothing destroys curb appeal quite like grubby windows. Clean windows are the holy grail of a handsome home. They shine and let so much more natural light into the home. Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there to help you clean those hard-to-reach windows. So there’s really no excuse.

Whilst you’re at it, make sure that window frames are in good order. Old wooden frames may need a lick of paint or a polish and uPVC window frames can be cleaned with specialist cleaning products.

7. Hide Unsightly Areas

Every working home has some things that you’d rather be left unseen. We’re talking bins, utilities, that sort of thing. Creating designated covered storage areas for these items is a great way to keep unsightly items out of sight and out of mind.

Bin storage units can be bought (or made) and will save your beautiful garden from unnecessary eyesores. A classy move we do say so.

8. Maintain Gutters and Roofing

Here’s a practicality, but an important one. All too often homeowners forget about their gutters and roofing. Out of sight out of mind, right?

But leaving these things too long could be damaging. A damaged roof or broken gutter could cause water damage in the long run.

Regular maintenance is the way to go. That way you’ll avoid any costly bills for blocked or broken guttering or missing tiles.

9. Increase Natural Light and Add Exterior Illumination

Nothing is quite so welcoming as external lighting. Adding some relaxing and mood-enhancing external lighting to your property is a fantastic way to increase all-around curb appeal.

Warm lighting will create a cosey and enticing atmosphere that everyone will want to hang out in of an evening. So go out there and create a magical wonderland of your own.

We suggest adding the following lighting to your front and backyard spaces:

  • In-ground garden lighting
  • Solar lights
  • Stair lights
  • Rock lights
  • String lights
  • Motion-detection lights

10. Create an Outdoor Dining Area

Nothing speaks home louder than an epic outdoor dining area. Creating an outside lounge and eating area in your garden ranks pretty high on the curb appeal chart of fame.

And there are so many options to choose from. For all you pizza lovers, why not install your very own pizza oven for authentic crust pies. More of a BBQ kind of family? No problem.

Here at Big John’s, we stock an impressive range of grills and smokers including Yoder smokers, Cajun fryers, wood, and gas-fired grills. Just get in touch with one of our outdoor living specialists and we’ll help you create the perfect outdoor dining area for you.

11. Add Vegetation

Adding natural vegetation to your home is guaranteed to improve curb appeal. And there are so many options for every taste and style. You could opt for smooth and sleek topiary bushes, a Mediterranean-style potted garden, country-cottage wildflowers, or low-maintenance evergreens.

Whatever you choose a splash of natural colour is bound to improve your home’s overall look. Or, if you’re after a serious makeover, investing in professional landscaping will transform your space from a simple garden into an outside oasis.

12. Install a Hot Tub or Spa

For those regular entertainers amongst you, a hot tub or swim spa is the perfect party trick. Your guests will absolutely love a post-dinner soak and a glass of champagne. Guaranteed. This is the ultimate curb appeal asset.

And there’s a hot tub for every taste. Check out Big John’s range of quality hot tubs and swim spas, all high-quality models perfect for enhancing any space.

13. Dress Your Windows

A pretty windowsill and window dressing is a very attractive thing indeed. Remember curtains and décor can impact the way your home feels from the outside as well as the inside.

Choosing matching, attractive window dressings, pretty plants and decorations can transform your façade. Hanging baskets outside windows are another perfectly pretty option for a chocolate box home.

14. Get Seasonal

Many of us place a Christmas wreath on the door each year. Walking up the path to a beautiful Christmas wreath hanging on the front door is about as festive as it gets. But why stop there?

Who said wreaths were only for Christmas time? Spruce up your front door with a display for every season. Let your imagination go wild and channel your inner creativity.

15. Add Porch Seating

Another perfectly quaint scene. A beautiful wrap-around porch, complete with a cosey chair swing. Porch seating is not only comfortable to sit on, but it looks cozy and stylish.

Whether you have a large or small porch, a simple item of furniture is guaranteed to make your home look even more welcoming and wholesome.

16. Install Shutters

Shutters are both practical and beautiful. Adding shutters to your windows does some serious magic for curb appeal, creating symmetry, continuity, and a splash of colour to your home’s façade.

Shutters are an opportunity to add a little bit of personality to your home. So express yourself with the colors that make you feel happy, whether that’s shocking pink or a mellow duck-egg blue.

17. Upgrade Your Mailbox and House Number

The little things really count when it comes to curb appeal. So think about the finer details. Is your letterbox falling apart or peeling paint? Has your house name or number plate seen better days?

Polishing, repainting, or replacing these items will finish off your home and ensure that everything looks streamlined and complete. Plus, if you can make them match all the better!

Make Your House a Home with Big John’s

Whether you’re improving your home to sell or just fancy a bit of a makeover, improving your home’s curb appeal need not be taxing, tiring, or costly. Pick from these fantastic tips and you’ll be well on your way to a glittering, gleaming, enticing home.

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