House Painting Is One Way to Cash In on Curb Appeal

First impressions are crucial, and the exterior of your home is the first thing people notice when they see your property. Potential buyers will take a pass if they see a shabby or poorly painted exterior, even though the property itself may meet their specifications and preferences.

Of course, you’d like to avoid that scenario if you’re selling your house. A house with a beautifully painted exterior will help you attract more buyers. The more buyers interested in your property, the higher the price you’re likely to achieve.

To help reach your desired price and sell your home quickly, here are some tried-and-true tips to cash in on your home’s curb appeal and make a great first impression before buyers even enter beyond the front gate. 

Refresh the Exterior Paint

One of the easiest but also one of the most impactful ways to boost your home’s curb appeal is to refresh your paint. Choosing the right colors can breathe new life into your home’s exterior, making it stand out in the best possible way. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Choose complementary colors: Select a color scheme that enhances your home’s existing features. Traditional homes often look great in classic colors such as whites, grays, and blues, while more modern homes can handle bolder choices like charcoal or even vibrant accents. Consider the colors of your roof, stonework, and natural surroundings when making your choice.
  • Get quality paint: Invest in high-quality exterior paint. It might be tempting to save money on cheaper options, but premium paints provide better coverage, richer color, and superior durability against the elements.
  • Finish with the right sheen: The finish of your paint can affect how colors appear and how long they last. Satin finishes are typically used for siding because they offer some gloss, are easier to clean and help highlight architectural details. Gloss or semi-gloss finishes work well for trim and doors.
  • Paint your fence and gate: If you have a fence and gate, update their appearance by cleaning and repainting them. But if you don’t have a fence and gate and decide to install one, you will want to make sure to choose the right type that will protect your property but won’t obscure the main view of your home. Some house hunters are looking for a property that will make them feel secure, and a property with a fence and gate surrounding it should appeal to them. They can also add more value to your property.
  • Consider professional application: For the best results, consider hiring a professional painting service like Custom Painting Inc. We can help you ensure the job is done right, from proper surface preparation to the final touches. 

Upgrade your landscaping and garden 

To increase curb appeal, make sure your landscape and garden is well-maintained. Thoughtful landscaping not only complements your home’s exterior but also creates a welcoming environment. Here are some effective ways to elevate your garden and green spaces:

  • Trim and tidy: Regularly trim shrubs, prune trees, and mow your lawn regularly. Overgrown or unkempt plants can obscure your home’s features and make it appear neglected.
  • Add colorful plantings: Use flowers to add colors! Choose flowering plants that bloom beautifully in San Ramon, like petunias, California brittlebush, wild radishes, marigolds, blood flowers, water hyacinths, carnations, rue, and periwinkle. Consider using planters or flower beds to introduce color in key visual points, like near the entryway or along driveways.
  • Define borders and beds: Use edging to clean up the borders of your lawn and garden beds. Materials like stone, brick, or metal can provide a crisp, clean line that enhances the overall neatness and design of your landscape.
  • Mulch matters: Apply fresh mulch to help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds, and give your garden beds a tidy, uniform appearance. Choose a color that complements your home and garden design. 

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Clean up and refresh

Don’t forget the basics of maintaining your home’s curb appeal by keeping it clean. You want to avoid your home from looking cluttered, busy, and messy.

  • Put away clutter: Toys, trash, lawn ornaments, religious décor, garbage bags, and bins – keep these out of sight. When taking pictures of your home, make sure that your car is inside the garage (and close the garage if it has a door) so that the view of the driveway and the garage won’t be obstructed.
  • Clean your yard: Make sure that your yard is free from trash, fallen dead leaves and branches, and dog poop. Keep your house’s gutters in top shape by cleaning out accumulated fallen leaves, branches, nests, and other debris.
  • Clean your house exterior: Remove heavy dust, soot, and grime from your house’s siding by simple wiping, using a garden hose, or power washing. You can buy or rent a power washer or hire a power washing service. Also, clean the deck, porch, driveway, and pavement to keep them in good condition.
  • Refresh your mailbox: If you have a mailbox – whether it’s at the end of your driveway or situated in the front of your house – refresh its appearance by cleaning and repainting it. Or you can replace it if it looks too outdated or is beyond repair. 

Upgrade the front door and entryway 

Your front door and entryway are the central focal points of your home’s curb appeal. Make a strong statement with these upgrades:

  • Paint your door: Choose a bold color that pops against your home’s exterior. Colors like deep red, navy blue, or classic black can make the door stand out while also giving your home a touch of personality.
  • Replace old hardware: Update doorknobs, locks, knockers, and hinges with new hardware. This not only enhances security but also adds a modern or uniquely styled touch that can make a big difference.
  • Accessorize: Add new elements, such as a stylish doormat, a new mailbox, or house numbers that match the aesthetic of your home. Consider seasonal decorations like wreaths or lanterns to give your entryway a welcoming and festive feel.
  • Add lighting: Ensure the entryway is well-lit with either a hanging pendant light, sconces beside the door, or floor lights leading up to the entrance. Good lighting is crucial for both aesthetics and safety. 

Improve outdoor lighting

Sure, proper lighting is important for visibility, safety, and security. But it can also help increase your curb appeal when it is well-placed. Here are some tips to effectively use outdoor lighting:

  • Light up the pathways: Install lights along pathways and driveways. This not only guides visitors to your door safely but also highlights the landscaping features along the way. Solar-powered lights are a great option to conserve energy.
  • Add accent lighting: Use spotlights to accentuate architectural details or key plants in the garden. This can include lighting up a beautiful tree, your home’s facade, or a water feature, adding drama and focus where it’s most visually appealing.
  • Add porch and patio lights: Ensure that entry areas like porches and patios are well-lit with overhead lighting or wall sconces. These areas are functional spaces but also key in making a good first impression.
  • Use decorative lights: If you have a patio or a deck with outdoor seating, consider adding decorative lighting, such as string lights or lanterns. These lights add a charming glow and create a cozy ambiance for evening gatherings. 

Refresh or replace windows and shutters 

Windows and shutters are interesting features of the house that are not only functional but also contribute to the aesthetic appeal. Here’s how you can enhance these features:

  • Clean and repair: Start by thoroughly cleaning your windows and shutters. Repair any damages like cracked glass or chipped paint. This can instantly brighten your home’s facade.
  • Paint your shutters: If your shutters look dated or faded, consider applying a fresh coat of paint. Choose a color that complements your home’s overall color scheme. This is a cost-effective way to make your windows pop without replacing them.
  • Update window frames: If your budget allows, consider replacing old windows with new, energy-efficient ones. Look for styles that match the architectural style of your home. For a less expensive update, painting the frames can also make a significant difference.
  • Add window boxes: Window boxes filled with flowers or herbs can add a touch of charm and color to your home’s exterior. Ensure they are well maintained and coordinate with the overall landscaping theme. 

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Enhance driveways and walkways 

Your driveway and walkways should be unobstructed and welcoming. These are not just practical features but also key elements in your home’s curb appeal. Here’s how you can improve them:

  • Resurface or repair: If your driveway is cracked or stained, consider resurfacing or repairing it. For asphalt driveways, seal it to refresh the surface and extend its life. For concrete, consider staining or painting to give it a fresh look.
  • Add decorative touches: Add visual interest to your walkways with decorative pavers or stamped concrete patterns. These materials come in various colors and styles, allowing you to create a unique path to your home that complements its style.
  • Define edges: Clean and define the edges of your driveway and walkways. You can do this by adding edging materials like stone, brick, or metal landscape edging. Not only does this enhance the look, but it also helps keep grass and weeds from encroaching on the paved areas.
  • Ensure lighting: As with the garden and entryway, ensure your driveways and walkways are well-lit. This improves safety and adds a welcoming glow to your home at night. Consider solar lights as an environmentally friendly option. 

Add or upgrade fencing 

Fencing can dramatically alter the appearance of your property while also providing privacy and security. Here are some tips to consider whether adding new fencing or upgrading existing ones:

  • Choose appropriate styles: The style of your fence should complement the architecture of your home. For example, a picket fence looks perfect for a cottage-style home, while a sleek, wrought iron fence might suit a more modern aesthetic.
  • Maintain or replace: If you already have a fence, make sure it is in good condition. Repair any broken or worn parts, and give it a fresh coat of paint or stain if necessary. If your fence is beyond repair, replacing it might be a better long-term investment.
  • Integrate landscaping: Use your fence as part of our landscaping by adding climbing plants, hanging flower pots, or integrating shrubbery along its line. This can help the fence blend more naturally with the garden and enhance both privacy and beauty.
  • Consider materials: Different materials can affect both the look and functionality of your fence. Wood offers a classic look but requires more maintenance, while materials like vinyl or composite provide durability with less upkeep. 

Accessorize with outdoor features

Adding unique accessories can personalize your home’s exterior and give it character. Here are some creative ways to enhance your curb appeal with outdoor decor:

  • Install water features: Consider installing a small fountain, pond, or bird bath. The sound of running water adds a tranquil element to your outdoor spaces, and these features serve as natural gathering points.
  • Add a fire pit: A fire pit or an outdoor fireplace can transform your yard into a cozy evening retreat, ideal for entertaining guests or simply enjoying quiet nights at home.
  • Use seasonal decor: Embrace the seasons with decorations such as pumpkins and hay bales in autumn, floral wreaths in spring, or festive lights and garlands during the holiday season. These touches make your home feel current and well cared for. 

Final Word

Ready to elevate your home’s curb appeal but not sure where to start? Contact Custom Painting Inc. today! Our team of experts specializes in exterior painting, landscaping enhancements, and more, all designed to make your home stand out beautifully. Don’t wait to turn your dream home into a reality—call us at 925-866-9610 or message us through our online form to schedule your consultation and see how we can help your property shine!