Earlier this month I had the pleasure of meeting with HGTV Curb Appeal & Outdoor Living Expert John Gidding. As part of the Nashville Home and Garden Show, he was busy entertaining and enlightening us on all things curb related. It was a great day learning easy ways to improve the curb appeal of your home.
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I want to share my main take aways from our visit.
Top 10 Tips to Enhance Your Homes Curb Appeal
- Make sure nothing is missing or broken on the outside of your home. Broken on the outside sends the message of things broken on the inside. You have just moments to make a good first impression. Paying attention to these little details will help create a strong first impression while creating a sense of value.
- Use color to draw the eye in. The front door is an easy place to have a little fun with color. John loves jewel tones so imagine rubies or emeralds. Use muted colors on the garage and/or trim.
- Avoid using more than three colors on the outside of your home.
- Create seating area outside to imply you spend time in the front yard. This will send the message that you live in a lovely neighborhood and spend time talking with neighbors, enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, or simply being outside.
- Draw inspiration from similar architecture style. Don’t think what works for one style will work for you. Trust the experts and stay true to your architectural style.
- Pay special attention to your house numbers. They are truly the first thing someone sees when looking for your home. Avoid cheap little stickers for your numbers. Create something of visual interest for a little wow factor.
- Your mail box is a great place to enhance the appeal of your home. Make sure it is clean and in good working order. Consider adding flowers near the base.
- Tie landscape and architectural style together.
- Always take your own measurements. This will prevent error and save you money in the long run.
- $1 for $1 return on curb appeal projects and often more. Starting with a simple budget can really up the wow factor of your home.
I loved all these simple tips. With just a few easy improvement you can truly up the wow factor of your curb appeal.