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How to Amp Up Your Home's Curb Appeal


Curb appeal. It's a phrase real estate agents like to use when talking about maximizing the resale value of your home. "Curb appeal" is all about the first impression visitors get when arriving at your home. Whether you're putting your house on the market or you just want to give it a finished and inviting look, there are easy ways to improve the look of your home.

Add Some Paint

We're not necessarily talking about painting your entire house here. But a new coat of paint on your exterior trim can quickly freshen up the look of your home. The trim around your doors and windows, the shutters, and the fascia and soffits will have a new pop with a coat of fresh paint. If your entry door is in good shape, you could consider painting it a new color. Go bold with a bright color that contrasts the color of your siding. And don't forget your garage door - a new coat of paint can make a big impact.

Update the Front Door

Besides changing the color, there are other ways to dress up your entry door. New hardware - door handle, deadbolt, and door knocker - can breathe new life into your front door. If your door is old, damaged, or drafty, consider updating to a new entry door. Today's exterior doors are more durable, energy efficient, and secure than older doors. You can opt for a different style that better complements the architecture of your home. And you have lots of choices when it comes to the glass in your entry door. A half window, French style with full glass, and sidelights are all options to that take your door from boring to wow.

Improve Lighting

Your house should be well lit and welcoming at night. If you have an old or outdated exterior light fixture, consider updating to a new one. If your entryway is dimly lit, choose a fixture with multiple bulbs, or add additional lights such as one on each side of your front door. You can install a floodlight at ground level to shine on your front door, which will highlight the entryway. Invest in a couple of inexpensive solar lights that you install facing upward at the base of your trees. The soft glow created in the trees creates an upscale and inviting look.

Dress Up Your Porch

If you have a front porch or landing, it's a stage just waiting to be decorated. Planters with cheerful flowers is an easy way to add instant punch. A couple of rocking chairs or a colorful bench give you a place to relax while creating a warm and welcoming look. Accessorize your porch for the seasons - a bale of hay ad pumpkins in the fall, a container full of evergreen branches in the winter, and lots of flowers during the summer's growing season.

A Walkable Walkway

Have your driveway and walkways seen better days? If you have cracks, gaps, or a buildup of dirt and grime, these can all contribute to less-than-stellar curb appeal. Rent a power washer and get your walkways looking like new. If you have any cracks, seal them using a tube of concrete crack filler. If there are holes, you can fill them with cement patching material. If the holes are deeper than a half inch, add some sand into the hole before adding the patch.

Even if you aren't selling your home, you should evaluate the curb appeal of your home. View it from the street - does it create a welcoming atmosphere to greet your guests? With a few easy changes, you'll make visitors feel right at home as soon as they arrive!