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7 Ways To Improve Your Curb Appeal

7 Ways To Improve Your Curb Appeal

Are you tired of pulling up to your home and not getting excited? If the answer is yes, then it is time to do something to fix the problem. Having curb appeal is essential in both selling your home, or just making good impressions when it comes to friends, family and your neighbors.

The following are 7 simple fixes to get your house looking the way you want it to, starting with the exterior.

1. Add accent trim or shutters. This is a simple project that can easily be accomplished in a couple of days. By doing this you add a layer of beauty to the exterior of your home, which is a place that is often overlooked on improvements. By adding shutters you help to provide additional security while controlling ventilation as well as light. Shutters are made of many different materials and depending on the design of your home, you could go with aluminum, vinyl, or even fiberglass. For a low-maintenance and inexpensive trim, try polyurethane.

2. Install Window Boxes. This is a fast way to bring additional charm to your home. For a traditional look go with copper or iron. Match plants to suit the color scheme of your exterior. When adding these plants or flowers, make sure they are in harmony with the lighting in the specific area as some plants need more light than others. Installing these boxes is done in a matter of hours, and almost instantly improves your curb appeal.

3. Dress up your mailbox. A mailbox is more than a place to receive your bills. They should absolutely compliment your home and your personality. Dress up your mailbox by painting the post to match your home and planting some flowers around it.

4. Add outdoor lighting. Landscape lighting makes a big impact on your overall curb appeal. Doubling as added security, this is a must-have for all homes. These fixtures can be used to accent your home, trees or a path. Even better, you donít have to have lights that require wiring as solar fixtures are inexpensive solutions that will do the trick.

5. Plant flowers. Add flowers to the front of your house, along the sidewalk, inside flower boxes or in raised garden beds. By adding beautiful colors, you will be improving the overall look of your home in a way that is perfect for any budget.

6. Edge your driveway. A border along your drive will add a sophisticated look. Use bricks, stone or even a little of both. This will add texture and color to your current driveway. You can opt to make this edge elevated or keep it level.

7. Tile your doorstep. Are you tired of looking at that dingy old doormat, but donít replace because you know the end result is the same for a new mat? By tiling your doorstep you will have a permanent welcome mat. This will surely impress visitors or potential home buyers.

Donít worry if your exterior is in such bad shape that even these fixes leave you a little dissatisfied. There are professionals that can help with a more thorough update to your exterior and theyíre only a search away.

When we re-made the exterior of our house before selling, we consulted TheLocalBook.com and found St. George landscaping. With their help, we were able to completely landscape the front yard, and between the professionals and the amateur fixes we did on our own, we actually decided that we wanted to keep our house rather than selling it.

Itís getting warm out, and thereís no better time than the present to increase your curb appeal.

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