If you’ve ever tried to buy or sell a home, there’s a phrase that you’ve likely heard multiple times: Curb Appeal. Simply put, does the look of your property communicate value to those passing by? For many, there’s a common perspective out there that enhancing your home’s curb appeal means major renovations. That’s one way to go, but it’s certainly not the most practical. We’ve got a couple of options below that can help you make your home pop, and in some cases, it’s surprisingly easy.
- Stamped Concrete
Ready mix concrete is a great way to add value to your property. While the typical homeowner isn’t going to attempt pouring fresh concrete themselves, the scale doesn’t have to be overwhelming. What’s interesting is what you can do with concrete when you have professionals like HK Contractors do the work. Beyond just pouring a walkway or some concrete pads, concrete pros have access to molds that, when applied to the surface of concrete before it’s fully cured, can create the effect of just about any kind of surface that you can imagine. Pavers, cobblestone, tile, wood planks — and the list goes on and on. And if you want some variation, colored concrete powders can be added to the concrete before it’s poured so that you can achieve a color that matches the style of the newly stamped surfaces. It’s a stunning way to create a cost-effective upgrade to your property’s curb appeal.
- Water-Wise Landscaping
One of the reasons why HK Contractors carries such a wide array of decorative landscape rock is that it’s a practical way of adding beautiful aesthetics that don’t require additional water usage. Property owners can choose small stone products to create paths or larger, colorful aggregates to cover surface areas that you’d prefer not to be covered in water-consuming options like grass. These kinds of landscape products also create pleasing textures to your design that won’t bury you in cost.
- Plant Some Trees
Maybe you’ve got a property that looks sparse and arid, and you need to fill the space in an effective way. Planting trees is a great way to achieve that. Although your climate matters when making tree selections, there are dozens of options in various stages of growth that can help you add character. You can either work through your landscaping contractor to get your options, or you can visit your local nursery and get some ideas for your own DIY project.
- Clean and Pressure Wash
Sometimes the only thing you need to do to make your property pop is a deep clean. Look around and remove weeds or unmanaged foliage. Get out the leaf blower and remove the loose dirt from walkways and porches. Make a trip to your local home improvement store and buy or rent a pressure washer to remove the layer of grime from your driveway and siding. You can even use it to clean patio furniture and other more sensitive objects if you have a unit that has adjustable water pressure. You’ll be amazed at how something as simple as this can really transform the look of your property.
- Coordinate Colors
Just like the interior of your home, the exterior might benefit from a fresh coat of paint as well. This doesn’t mean that you must repaint your entire house, but it could mean that updating the color of your shutters, trim, railings, posts, front door, or garage door might be in order. HGTV just suggests that you limit your color variation to two or three colors because any “more colors and the house might look too busy.” This is an effective way to add depth and highlight interesting features of your home that can easily add curb appeal.
Do you want to expand your possibilities past the options we’ve listed here? Just contact us, and we’d be happy to help you put together a plan that achieves your goals. If you’re needing some materials so that you can go the DIY route, just request a quote and we’ll do our best to align your needs with the products and services we have available.