Well-landscaped homes may sell for between 5.5% and 12.7% more than other similar homes and studies show it may also add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. And even if you don’t plan on putting your home on the market anytime soon, it’s always a good idea to invest in your home’s curb appeal, and contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take much time or require a large, extravagant budget. In fact, there are plenty of fun DIY projects you can complete around your yard to boost curb appeal all through the fall. Here are just a few simple DIY projects to boost curb appeal this season:
Paint Your Front Door
In a 2017 interior design trends survey, more than a third of respondents said they would choose a neutral color palette if redecorating their home. On the other hand, experts say that giving your front door a new coat of bold-colored paint can really help your whole home appear more welcoming. In this case, you actually want to choose a color that’s a bit extravagant and out of the ordinary:
“Paint your front door with bold color! No doubt, this is a bold move! However, this is an easily updatable and reversible approach that has a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal. Here’s a place you can use a splash of orange or any bold jewel tone will do,” writes Riley E. Carlson on Homesteading.
Add Porch/Patio Lighting
The roof contracting industry generates an estimated $46 billion of revenue in the U.S. annually. But even if your home’s roof isn’t in the best condition, it’s easy to bring out its best elements by hanging some string lights along the roof line on your front porch. This creates a sense of ambiance and helps to classify the space to be more entertaining. This is particularly ideal for those who already have an outdoor furniture setup that allows for entertaining. You can choose any color for your porch lighting; fall colors like red and orange create a warmer glow, while brighter hues like white and gold are more associated with elegance. Hang your lights properly, and anyone who walks by will wish they were relaxing out on your porch or patio and enjoying a drink.
Build a DIY Shed
This project does require a larger budget — but not as large as you’d think. While traditional sheds typically cost $5,000 or more, it’s easier than you’d expect to be a bit resourceful and construct your own DIY version using a shipping container. That’s right — durable, steel shipping containers average a 25-year lifespan and require minimal maintenance. Plus, they offer just as much space and utility as a traditional shed, but at a fraction of the cost per square foot. If you have the space in your yard, building a storage shed definitely helps to boost the overall value of your home.
Add a Bench/Sitting Area
It’s one thing to have some outdoor entertainment space on your porch, deck, or patio, but what about the rest of your yard? Homesteading suggests finding the tree around your yard with the most beautiful fall foliage and setting up a bench for guests to sit down and enjoy the view. If you can paint it to be a seasonal fall shade, even better! Alternatively, a hammock makes a great addition to any outdoor entertainment area.
You may not think these elements are that noticeable when it comes to assessing curb appeal, but with proper execution and just a bit of creative flair, you can showcase of all of the best and most unique parts of your home. Have you attempted any DIY home improvement projects lately? How did they turn out? Share with us in the comments!