Are you a owner of a house and thinking of how to bring its value up? Or maybe you’re planning on investing and are looking for options how to get more return for your money?
What is curb appeal and why is it important you might be asking now. Curb appeal is all the attractive things we see when we first arrive at someone’s home and view it from the street. How is his/her house, surroundings, etc.
Something like improving your home’s curb appeal can be easier than you think by fixing your concrete driveway and boosting its appearance. Your concrete driveway is just one of the major pieces of your home’s curb appeal. The path that leads to your front door is another part of your home’s curb appeal.
After guests pull up and park on your driveway, they step out and onto your path or walkway. Whether you have a straight concrete walkway, a curved concrete path, or another style, your pathway deserves attention. It leads the way to your home, so it deserves to be well-maintained.
Here are a few simple ways to make sure your concrete path is in top shape:
Concrete paths and walkways
Concrete paths and walkways are the first things we notice when we arrive somewhere. We park our car or walk next to the property and there it is.
So how do you make better impression?
Tip 1: Clean your concrete walkway.
Use a broom to remove the dirt and debris that litter your path. Then, use a weed eater with a lawn edger to create a clean line against the path. You’ll need to sweep again.
Now, examine the state of your concrete. If there are areas of damaged concrete and cracks in your path, you should not use a power washer.
Move on to the next step to repair any cracks and uneven concrete. When your path is in good condition, you can use a power washer to give your path a thorough cleaning.
Tip 2: Repair concrete that is damaged or uneven.
Nature has its way, and over time, your concrete path will wear down and start to lose its original appearance. You may need to seal cracks and joints to protect them from the elements.
If you have sunken or damaged concrete, you have a trip hazard. Concrete repair can solve this quickly. If you want to do it yourself, I have a guide for concrete driveway repairs and also for grinding unlevel concrete.
Tip 3: Add accent lighting.
Make your pathway more inviting by lighting the way. Choose path lighting that compliments your landscaping design. Space the lights apart evenly along the side of the path. Your lighting system not only sheds light on the path, but it provides safety and security.
Tip 4: Add flair.
Whether a garden sprawls on either side of your path or a minimalistic row of shrubs lines your paths, you can make sure your landscaping complements the walkway. Consider adding to your garden or using an archway over your path. A garden gate might be the right touch for your home.
Concrete patios and doorways
For curb appeal, we’ve covered some ground now, but there is still more. Driveway and paths are good to have in top condition, but we also have other things worth noticing. Next on the list are the front door and the patio which both are attractive spots for the eyes of our visitors and by-passers.
Now, to add some life to patios and doorways and to complete your curb appeal transformation, here is some more tips.
Tip 5: Add a container garden to your patio.
Switch up your home’s style when the mood strikes by using different containers and plants. It’s a lot easier this way, just move your containers and rearrange your plants for a quick burst of life whenever you want.
Traditional plants work as well, but with containers, you can accustom to change in seasons and such. And sometimes you might want more and sometimes less, with removable containers you have a choice.
Tip 6: Turn to the classic window box.
A window box full of colorful flowers adds a touch of elegance and sweetness to your home’s front face. Like with containers, you have lots of options here.
Tip 7: Start at the base.
If your patio is covered with branching cracks, you’ve got bigger problems to handle. Shifting foundations and other factors can affect your front steps and patio, causing pieces to shift from each other or cracks to form. Fixing an unsightly concrete patio does leaps and bounds to improving your home’s curb appeal.
Tip 8: Think about architecture.
Brackets and corbels add structure and interest to your patio. Using architectural pieces can add depth and richness to an otherwise plain entryway. There are ready to install ones or if you own some tools you might want to try making some yourself. It doesn’t have to be too complicated always, even simple architectural elements have their own uses.
Tip 9: Update the classics.
Add some creativity to your home’s curb appeal. Upgrade the classic small house numbers by purchasing large numbers and painting them a contrasting color. Pop them on your door or near the door. A large, overstated doorknocker brings character to your front door.
Curb appeal is all about small things that will make up the big picture. Simply looking “clean” can make a big difference in the eyes of the guests. To make it easier, yearly maintenance is a good thing, checking cracks on concrete and getting rid of dirt and weeds before they cause stains, etc.
Not only will it help you to look good, but it’s also generally taking care of your property stuff and it will save you money in the long run. Concrete can be expensive to replace and most of the garden stuff can also cost. Usually, the nicer it is, the worse it is to our wallets.
As the last thing, a well-maintained house reflects also on ourselves. People make assumptions about other people by the way they live and handle their property. To some, it might not matter, but for those whom it does, it’s something easy to do.
You start from the easiest things and move on to the bigger ones. When you get used to working on your property, it doesn’t seem so much like a chore but something that is just supposed to be done like taking out the trashes.