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Five Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Weíve all taken a drive through a charming neighborhood only to be greeted by the sight of a rundown house. Maybe the front yard hadnít seen a lawn mower in months, the fixtures were outdated and the paint was weathered or an unfortunate color. Homes such as this make us drive by quickly without giving them a second thought. Curb appeal is something most home owners want, but few know how to achieve it. It could mean the difference between being the envy of your neighbors or the bane of your neighborhood. Whether youíre putting your house on the market, or you simply want to revamp the exterior of your old home, here are five ways to add curb appeal:
  1. Make sure the exterior is an appealing color. When it comes to decorating oneís home, individuality is to be celebrated, but a house that is a loud color not only draws unwanted attention, it could turn off potential buyers, if you are putting your home on the market. Drive through your community to get a general sense of the color scheme. Keep these color palettes in mind as you paint the exterior of your home. You donít have to choose an identical color, but you donít want to be the only purple house on the block either.
  2. Keep your lawn in excellent condition. Even if your house is a lovely color with all the right fixtures, unkempt grass can send the message that youíre a lazy homeowner. Make sure your lawn is neatly manicured on a regular basis. Clear away fallen branches and dead leaves. Trim bushes that have grown ragged.
  3. Add a splash of color with potted plants. You may not have a green thumb, but it doesnít take much know how to spruce up the exterior of your home with potted plants. Not only will the color of the plants add life and texture to your patio, but ornate containers and vases provide a touch of class. Popular potted plants include bougainvillea and geranium. Water features add style and grace. The look and sound of water features, such as fountains, ponds and waterfalls, transmit a message of tranquility and style. A reputable landscaper can enhance your front or backyard with a simple or complex design that fits your budget. A classy fountain or a pond with fish, plants and gravel is a serene water feature that adds loads of curb appeal.
  4. Itís all about the lighting. Decorative lighting fixtures can make the outside of your home irresistible. Stay away from harsh glaring lights. Consider instead soft, functional lighting encased in a brass, copper or iron decorative fixture. You can also enhance the style of your lighting fixtures with hand-blown glass, beveled glass and hand-rubbed natural materials. Size matters. A fixture that is too small or too large for the architecture of your house wonít make much of a statement. Achieving curb appeal doesnít have to take a lot of time and money, and several of the above tips can be implemented over a weekend. With a small investment, you can transform a mediocre exterior into one that is greatly admired.