Whether you’re meeting someone for the first time, interviewing for a new job, or moving into a new neighborhood, first impressions are so important. And whether you’re looking to sell or be that house on the block that inspires others, the first impression of your home’s exterior can speak volumes…yes, we’re talking curb appeal. So, you’re probably wondering what can have the most impact and well we’re here to help. This is certainly not and exhaustive list, but the team here at RIHI figured it will give you a start.

Here are some tips how you can improve curb appeal and make a positive first impression:

  1. Roofing

One of the most visible spots, the condition of your roof can speak volumes on how you care for your home. Missing or broken shingles, shingles that are curling up, or even the growth of moss is visually unappealing, but it can also signal some potentially bigger problems that are out of sight. This is where a call to a professional can be the best possible choice.

  1. Cleaning windows and doors

As a focal point of your home, giving your doors and windows and good cleaning to remove pollen, dirt and other grime is a great way to help your homes overall appearance. Nothing like a little soap, a bucket and elbow grease to make an affordable difference.

  1. Painting

Painting is great way to freshen up the look of your home’s exterior and demonstrate how much you care for even the smallest of details when it comes caring for your home. Adding a fresh coat of paint to your entry way doors, garage door, or wood fence will go a long way in adding to your home’s appeal. Smaller projects like wood trim or wood windows can also help brighten things up but when dealing with wood be on the look out for rot as no amount paint will fix that long term. Calling in a professional to come out and inspect is a good call.

  1. Lighting

Well placed lighting is not only visually appealing but can also provide wonderful accents to your home’s exterior features. Make sure your light fixtures are clear of any debris like leaves, cobwebs, and dust and replace any bulbs that are not working. Finally, clean any glass to ensure they are providing as much light as possible.

  1. Landscaping

Take a step back from your home and see what it looks like when it comes to the type and amount flora and fauna surrounding your home. It might just be some strategically placed new flowers, trimming some overgrown bushes and trees, some new mulch, or repotting plants that will give your home a fresh new look that’s both inviting and gives your personal satisfaction.

  1. Power washing walkways and driveways

Over time the elements like leaves or oil can make your driveway look weathered and unkept. But thankfully, a good power washing can bring these surfaces back to life. And fortunately, may home improvement stores will rent equipment like this and do it yourself. And who doesn’t like to play with water sometimes.

Like any first impression, the initial impression your home’s exterior conveys will say a lot about how you care for home and the pride you take in being part of your neighborhood. Fortunately, there are many things you can do yourself, but if there are bigger exterior home improvement projects needed, RIHI is always here to help.

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