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How To Improve Your Home's Curb Appeal

10/9/2019

How To Increase The Value of Your Home

The garage can make up 30% of the front of your house, improving its appearance can drastically improve the curb appeal of your home.

When you’re a homeowner, there is no doubt that you will love watching passersby slow down or even stop and gawk at that lovely structure that is your house. Seeing them point and be in awe of your home can fill you with pride, knowing that you have done something right. And when the time comes to sell, you know your real estate agent will be receiving lots of queries about your home.

Now if you think that your house has to look palatial to elicit that kind of reaction from people, think again. Even if you have a modest home, it will look fantastic as long as it has jaw-dropping curb appeal.

The garage typically makes up about 30% of the front of your home.

Anyone can enhance their home’s curb appeal using various elements. You can even use your garage door to make your home's facade look more exciting and inviting. Given that the garage typically makes up about 30% of the front of your home, we think this is the best place to start on improving the appearance of your home. Here are tips on how to do just that.

Repaint Your Garage Door

Repaint your garage door

Admittedly, most garage doors tend to look dull, boring and plain. Especially since most homeowners don't give their garage door a second thought as long as it's functioning. However, garage doors can have both form and function. Devote just a little bit of time to your garage door's form and you could dramatically increase the curb appeal of your home.

To make your garage door pop and really stick out, try repainting it in a color that complements beautifully with the exterior paint of your house. Preferably, paint in a complementary color that is a few shades darker than the rest of the house and surrounding environment. Make sure that the complementary colors aren't too contrasting, and don't forget to paint trim to match your garage door. Take a look at some of the photos below to see how different colors can really make a house pop and look better than the original, or even how certain colors can detrimentally affect your curb appeal.

Garage Door & Trim Contrasting Color Examples

Note: Click on the images to enlarge.

  • Small White House
  • Home Improvement Painting Black Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Brown Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Blue Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Gray Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Tan Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Safety Yellow Trim
  • Home Improvement Painting Cherry Trim

Sometimes repainting your garage door isn't an option. When your garage door gets older, damaged and beaten beyond repair consider calling a professional garage door company. There's little point in painting a damaged, bent, or royally ugly to begin with garage door. Some things are just ugly to begin with and no matter what paint or color you use will make it pretty. The later '90s Ford Taurus was and will always be one of the ugliest cars ever built, there's no point in fooling yourself that a little paint will turn a turd into a Ferrari over night..

Accessorize Your Garage Door

If your garage door looks plain, then you might want to accessorize using the area around it. Potted plants, shrubs, or other types of greenery on either side of the garage door work wonders on enhancing your home's appearance. Decorative stonework surrounding your garage or even up your driveway can also drastically enhance your home's curb appeal even more.

Install Lighting Features

Exterior lighting fixtures can send your home’s curb appeal skyrocketing. Overhead and side lights will make your home look stunning in the evenings. If you have placed trees and tall plants around your garage door, ground lights that point upwards toward them will make your home look majestic as soon as the sun goes down. You could even do something as simple as placing solar powered landscape lights along your driveway, they're inexpensive and you can install a handful of them in less than 20 minutes. Landscaping lights are amazing, they instantly change the look of your home during the day and especially at night!

See The Difference Color, Lighting and Plants Make

  • Before Home Makeover
  • Home appearance makeover
Achieve Balance With Your Front Door's Color

You can’t have a garage door that is all dolled up with an incredibly dull front door. If you’re going to enhance your garage door, it would behoove you to give your front door the same treatment. That way, the overall look of your home will be balanced and more consistent.

Garage Floor Coatings Improve Curb Appeal Too

Garage floor coatings today extend beyond the garage and can often include coating the driveway too. From the moment you open your garage the first thing you see is the floor. Do you want to see boring, old and dull concrete? We didn't think so... Make a lasting impression with a beautiful and stunning showroom floor finish that sets your home apart from the rest.

Polymer resin based floor coatings have come a long ways in recent decades. Floor coatings are affordable, long lasting, and resistant to harsh indoor and outdoor environments. Instead of the same old boring concrete cement garage floor consider coating your floor. Yes, your garage floor can look however you like with a garage floor coating. Choose from limitless colors, chip color and size blends, and even mesmerizing metallic marble and granite effects are possible. Without a doubt, people will be amazed by how beautiful your garage floor is every single time they pass by and see your garage door open.

Garage Floor and Driveway Coating Photos

  • Before Home Makeover
  • Home appearance makeover
  • Garage Flooring
  • Floor Coatings

Give the tips listed above a try and you’ll be amazed at how much they can help boost your home’s overall curb appeal.

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About The Author

About the author

Samuel Strayer has a B.S. in Biochemistry from Arizona State University. Samuel is our marketing director and in house formulations chemist; He has over 10 years of experience designing, creating, and managing our websites as well as 7+ years of chemistry related experience. When Samuel is out of the office he enjoys mountain biking, off-roading, working on cars, and completing home improvement projects.

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