When selling a home, one of the most important aspects to pay attention to is what's known as curb appeal. Curb appeal refers to how appealing the home is as the new potential buyers are approaching it from - you guessed it - the front curb. This is the first impression your house will give to new owners and it can be a make-or-break moment.
So, how do you improve curb appeal? There are almost as many places to begin as there are aspects of the front of your property: landscaping, exterior siding, roofing, garage, driveway, etc. But if you can't update everything, one of the best places to focus is on the windows and front door. Here are 3 ways to improve your windows and doors no matter what your budget is.
Add a fresh coat of complementary paint to both door and windows, whether they are new or old. Choose a contrasting semi-gloss or full-gloss exterior paint that fits with the house's exterior but highlights the windows nicely, such as white or a bold dark color (depending on the siding color).
If your budget has some wiggle room, you can do well to replace aging windows or a worn-out door entirely. Double-pane vinyl windows not only improve the look of the home but also add to the impression of energy-efficiency inside. Modern home buyers want both. If you cannot afford to replace both a tired front door and the front windows, though, change the door since this will have the most visual impact on buyers entering your home.
If you can't afford to replace things, spruce up your front door and windows with some natural color. Window boxes are easy to find in any nursery or home improvement store and come in a variety of colors. Choose a color that complements either the window trim or the house's exterior paint, then fill it with colorful, vibrant annuals -- including a few flowers that hang just over the sides of the boxes. Add a container or two to the front entrance around the door, filled again with greenery and colorful plants. If you have the budget to spread some of those flowers on the ground below the windows or outward from the front porch, it could help to brighten things up even more.
Changing the look of your house doesn't have to cost a fortune. Whether your budget is large or small, you can find ways to improve the front yard a lot just by focusing on what you can do with the windows and front door. It can take as little as one afternoon's work and can give your home sale a real kick start. Contact a local contractor, like Alartco Windows & Doors Manufacturing, for more information.