I’ve been thinking a lot about how people can stage their homes for quick sells, or just to enhance their current living situation. Most people think curb appeal is only for homeowners, but I think if everyone took a minute to bring some curb appeal to their base housing things might look a little different.
Living in base housing, it can be challenging to properly identify your row house or your semi from all the others, especially when giving driving directions to a friend who’s never been on base or a family member coming to visit:
“Go through the lights near the wonky stop sign, turn right after the second set of row houses, and head straight until you see the collection of dumpsters. Don’t worry, if you get lost, this entire street actually loops, so just keep driving and you’ll find me eventually” – said anyone and everyone who has ever lived in base housing
PMQs are, for the most part, pretty damn ugly when seen from the street. They were built in the 50s and 60s and almost all of them need a serious overhaul for various reasons. Our old row house was ugly as sin from the outside. The first floor exterior was bricks, but the second floor exterior was laminate panelling, and all types of pipes and boxes were adorning the front and back.
But who can forget the butterflies etched into the front and back door window panes?! not me.
Not to mention all the stuff our neighbours left out front or back could count as part of the view. ugh.
Our current PMQ is covered in siding. It’s half way decent, but looks exactly like every other PMQ on our street. I much prefer our current Q, and as such I have big plans for the spring and summer to add curb appeal.
Whether you live in a PMQ or in a house all your own, consider these 5 curb appeal ideas for how to add curb appeal this spring.
Paint your front door
This is the best way to make your house pop. I love a bright red door, but I’ve seen black doors in a high gloss look majestic on the right house. Even if you don’t want to change the colour of your existing front door, consider giving it a new coat of paint. There are specific outdoor paints, and make sure to take into consideration the material your front door is made of, before painting.
If you live in a PMQ this isn’t really an option, but if you’ve added a screen door or built a fence (with all the proper permits etc.) why not paint your fence’s gate, or the whole thing! Chances are the winter put a beating on your fence, so a little TLC in the spring will give it new life.
A good front door says Hi! before you do.
Add some flower pots or boxed planters
No matter how much or how little space you have on your front stoop, adding some greenery never did any harm. You’ll have to consider the amount of light the area will get, otherwise it may fry whatever you put out there, but an informed salesperson at your local nursery will be able to guide you. I love cute shrubs and topiaries as they require minimal maintenance.
We have some lovely boxed planters that I use for our front stoop. We’ve had them for a while now, and although I love the raw wood, I may paint them this year to camouflage the fact that they’re falling apart. This is a great option if you already have planters or pots, but want to revamp on a budget.
Once again, spray paint and stain are your best friends, depending on what material you’re working with. Don’t forget to have fun with the styling either, look at heights, shapes and colours when building a flower collection.
Add some seating
Is your stoop just big enough for someone to stand and ring the doorbell? Maybe seating isn’t for you.
But if you have enough space for a small bench or a chair, go for it! It will give you a place to sit out front and enjoy the light at different times of the day (sunset in your backyard but sunrise out front?), but it will also give you some place to add some extra flower pots, even place your bags while you fiddle with keys in your purse trying to get in the house. Benches, chinese garden stooles, and even just a simple lawn chair will add some utility and style to the front.
There are tons of cute options for how to do this, and the sky’s the limit even within small budgets or spaces.
Add a wreath
If you’ve ever been to my Q, you know of my love for wreaths. I didn’t grow up in a wreath household, so I have no idea where this love came from, but I will tell you this – it is always appropriate to have a wreath on the front door.
Have fun adding flowers, ribbons, little birds, the whole nine yards! If wreaths aren’t for you, you should consider making a cute little sign, or revamping your home number.
If I had a dollar for every time I talk about lighting, I’d have a downpayment for a large house.
Putting in new lighting can go a long way to enhancing your evening curb appeal, and helping the delivery guy find your house in a snowstorm (this is an actual problem in the PMQs- I see the same st.hubert car driving around looking for the right house ALL the time).
Your big box home reno stores will have everything you need to change the front door lighting, and even add some lights along your walkway or in your shrubs.
Most importantly, be colourful and have fun with it. We only get access to our outdoor spaces for a handful of months a year up here in Canada, so take full advantage of it!
Other things to consider when adding curb appeal are the visibility of your trashcans, your mailbox (not valid for those of us in PMQs), refreshing your house number, adding a door knocker etc.
For image sources, and for more curb appeal inspiration, check out my curb appeal pinterest board.