You know how the sayings go: “the first impression is a lasting impression” or “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” Well, the same can be said for the first impression your home makes on people: it either wows them, or it doesn’t. It’s a visual that stays with them, or is forgotten in a flash.

There are numerous ways to increase your homes curb appeal, and many of them are easy, low cost and most important, effective in achieving the desired results.

Fancy Front Door
Nothing grabs attention more than a brightly coloured, eye-popping front door. Not only does a bright colour make a statement, but it ensures your home will stand out. Dress it up with wreaths that change seasonally.

Change Up the Hardware
Something as simple as changing your house numbers, the entry door lockset, the mailbox or the entry way light can make a huge difference to your homes exterior. Make sure all the hardware elements match and work well together, as opposed to picking mix and match pieces. Large house numbers are sure to catch people’s eye, and there are many different fonts to choose from. You can express your individuality in something as simple as a house number.

The Art of Symmetry
Symmetrical things are extremely pleasing to the eye and create a sense of flow. Symmetry can be achieved through light fixtures, front door accents, planters, or even with the addition of outdoor furniture.

Brighten It Up
Installing outdoor lighting can serve a dual purpose: not only will lights increase curb appeal, but it will add an element of safety. Lighting can be added as an accent in trees or on the house itself, or you can use lights to brighten the path up your walkway. You could install lights that require wiring or go with a more simple option and choose solar lights. Solar lights aren’t quite as bright, but they are cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

The Beauty of Nature
Flowers and plants are great at creating a welcoming feel to the front of any house. This can be achieved by purchasing ready-made containers from garden centres or you can fill your own planters with flowers of your choice. You can choose hanging planters, line the sidewalk with flowers, install flower boxes, create raised garden beds…there are so many options that will all add a beautiful pop of colour to your home’s exterior.

The Power of the Mailbox
Mailboxes come in many shapes and sizes; they can be cute, whimsical, trendy, or modern. The options are endless, and mailboxes are a great opportunity for homeowners to express a bit of their personality.

An Artists Touch
There are a myriad of different art pieces that can add a decorative element to your home. Birdbaths, metal sculptures, fountains, wind chimes…all of these items can add charm to a home. Make sure to purchase pieces that complement the colours of your home.

Colour Your World
Although it is pricey, giving the outside of your home a complete makeover can go a long way in increasing curb appeal. New paint, siding or trim instantly transforms a home.

Decadent Driveway
Although slightly less exciting than other options, upgrading your driveway is a surefire way to increase curb appeal. A driveway spouting vegetation or that is all cracked and stained isn’t doing your home any favours. In addition, edging the driveway can give it a crisp and clean look.

Give the Garage A Lift
Garage doors take up a big chunk of space, so the way they look has a huge impact on the overall appearance of your home. Give it a fresh, bright coat of paint, in a colour that complements your homes exterior. Garage `doors are also available in wood, steel or fiberglass in a huge range of colours.

Wash it Away
It is amazing how new and fresh power washing can make things look. Power wash the front deck and the rest of your home exterior and you will see your house shine.

These are just some of a long list of ways homeowners can increase the curb appeal of their homes. A great place to look for inspiration is on houzz.com or pinterest.com. These websites will give you ideas you never would have thought of otherwise. Have fun with your projects, and let your homes exterior be a reflection of the person that lives there.