Will Rogers once famously said, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about his house at the time, but if he had been, he would’ve been talking about curb appeal.
Curb appeal is how attractive or appealing your home looks on the outside. It gives visitors a first impression of you, your home, and your neighborhood. When you take the time to maintain your landscaping and keep up with painting and repairs, your neighbors, visitors, and passersby will have a favorable impression of you and your home.
If you’re planning to sell your house, curb appeal becomes even more important. In fact, according to a report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), 97 percent of realtors surveyed said that curb appeal is important for attracting buyers.
Even if you’re not planning to sell, though, enhancing your outdoor areas and increasing the curb appeal of your home can have other benefits too. In the same NAR “Remodeling Impact Report” cited above, realtors found that outdoor remodeling projects resulted in 68 percent of homeowners having a greater desire to be in their homes and 60 percent enjoying their homes more.
Outdoor Lighting And Curb Appeal
So, the exterior of your house looks great during the day, but what about at night? Outdoor lighting is a crucial component of curb appeal to make sure that your home gives off the beautiful, warm, welcoming vibe you want. The following are some ways you can use outdoor lighting to enhance your home.
Highlight Features You Love
Carefully placed uplighting can draw attention to interesting architectural features on your house, a statue or fountain, or even beautiful trees and flowers. Moonlighting on your pool or front lawn can lend a magical, soothing feel, turning your outdoor area into an oasis.
Incease Security And Safety
Well-lit doors and windows, as well as areas around the perimeter of your house like a fenceline, your driveway, and garage are a must when it comes to security. Not only will you be better able to see what’s going on around your property, but good lighting also deters any would-be criminal activity.
Path lighting, as well as lights next to stairs or steps and in the pool area will also increase safety for you and your family and friends. Being able to see potential tripping hazards helps everyone navigate your property after dark.
Extend The Life Of The Party
If you have outdoor living areas like a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, or a swimming pool, making sure to add appropriate outdoor lighting means you can enjoy these areas well into the evening, year-round.
Houston Lightscapes Can Help Transform Your Home!
If you’re looking to amp up your home’s curb appeal with a stunning outdoor lighting installation, give Houston Lightscapes a call at (713) 461-3600 or complete this form to set up your free consultation. We’ll listen to your vision and walk your property with you before giving you a customized plan. From design to installation to maintenance, we take care of it all. We can’t wait to bring your ideas to life!