You might be looking to move house after you’ve sold your old one, or you simply might be looking to spruce up its curb appeal to increase its value in the eyes of your neighbors, friends, and even potential buyers down the road. Whatever the case may be, making a good first impression will boil down the aesthetic appeal of your home’s exterior, and yes, that includes the curb and the lawn as well.

Sprucing up your home’s exterior might seem like an expensive and tiring task, but in reality, it can be a short, sweet project the entire family can enjoy. All that without busting the proverbial bank. Here is how you can improve your curb appeal and make a good first impression, no matter the occasion.

Scrutinize mercilessly

First things first, you’ll need to play the bad cop here, and investigate every nook and cranny around your house, starting from the curb, and working your way towards the driveway and the fence. The majority of people make the mistake of not being objective enough when it comes to their home, and most of the time, the flaws people would perceive as unattractive slip through the cracks. Pun intended.

But don’t worry, it’s only normal, after all, it is your home. However, if you want others to like it as well, and especially if you want to increase its value on the market, you will have to tend to all cracks, dents, flaws, and other problems around the property.

Tend to the biggest problems first

After you’ve listed all of the necessary repairs and touch-ups, you want to start with the most time-consuming problem and work your way in towards the simplest of challenges. So forget about the cracked step on the front porch for now, and devote your attention to the paint job on the house, and around the windows.

Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to reinvent its exterior, and boost its aesthetic appeal. Don’t forget to do the same for the fence, the garage, and the backyard patio as well. Additionally, take a walk around your property and inspect the sidewalk and the driveway for any damage, potholes, or irregularities.

But pay attention to detail

Working your way in, you want to start paying attention to details you can incorporate into the setting to further enrich your home’s exterior. Think about stepping stones instead of a traditional walkway and warm accent lighting along the route to your front door.

Likewise, give your old mailbox a makeover and be sure to buy house numbers that complement the design of the entire house. Remember, it’s little details like these that make all the difference in how your home looks in the eyes of your neighbors and prospective buyers.

Don’t forget the roof

You would be surprised how many people forget to glance up and inspect their roof, especially as its one of the most important elements that will determine the worth of your home. Be sure to give it a thorough clean, and while you’re up there, check if there are any loose hinges, damage, or streaks.

Tidy up the landscape

Finally, a beautiful home is not complete without a breathtaking landscape to enrich its look and frame the property into a beautiful picture homebuyers will want to be a part of. So make sure the front lawn is nice and tidy, and even consider raising a beautiful vertical garden on the fence.

For the backyard, you want to organize the space into a secluded oasis with a lounge area, a play area for the kids, and even flower and vegetable gardens. Not only will this breathe new life into your property, but it will also increase its value on the market.

When it comes to making a statement and enticing people to fall in love with your home, the exterior is of the utmost importance. Be sure to use these essential tips to increase your home’s curb appeal and make a strong first impression no matter the occasion.

* Source - Catherine Collins *  
Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also likes sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.