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Quick Tips to Improve Curb Appeal

August 7, 2014

Do you drive up to your home and wish there was greater curb appeal? Well, it doesn’t take a professional landscaper or designer to improve the exterior look of your home. Here are some quick tips to improve your home’s curb appeal.
  • Brush up on color. There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to perk up the exterior of your home! If you don’t want to commit to the entire exterior, consider repainting the trim.
  • Show them the door. Highlight your front door with a splash of eye-catching color, new hardware, a decorative wreath, and a new set of house numbers.
  • Make an entrance. Create a more inviting entryway by adding colorful pots or topiaries on each side of your front door. Then highlight your doorway with new outdoor sconces.
  • Lighten up. Add exterior lighting along your front walk, in the gardens, and on the trees. If you don’t want to invest in electrical wiring, choose solar lights, which are available in a broad array of styles.
  • Contain yourself. Container gardens are low maintenance and can fill in dull spaces with splashes of color—from the plantings to the pots themselves.
  • Mail it in. If your mailbox is about as exciting as your junk mail, do a makeover. Update or upgrade the mailbox and add some plantings around the post.
  • Wake up your beds. Stand on your sidewalk and take stock of your gardens. Replace the withered and dead plants with more vibrant flowers, shrubs, foliage, and new mulch.
  • Get the edge. Define your landscaping with new pavers or edging for a simple fix for your curb appeal.
  • Start with art. Accent your great outdoors with yard art. A birdbath, fountain, sundial, ceramics, or sculpture will add interest without effort.
  • Get out of the gutter. If your gutters are looking worn, replace them and give your home a refreshed look.
  • Define the drive. Your driveway takes a beating and can detract from the beauty of your home. Have it resealed, stain the concrete, or add stonework (brick, pavers, or stone).
  • Pave the way. A nicely defined walkway creates a statement and boosts your curb appeal without draining your budget.
If you’re still at a loss for looks, take a drive and check out homes with curb appeal. Then ask yourself what caught your eye, and duplicate the accent in your own yard.

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