Curb Appeal and Your Home

Curb Appeal and Your Home
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    You may have no plans to sell your home, at least not right now, but that does not mean you shouldn't improve its curb appeal.

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That appeal is often in the eye of the beholder, but there are some improvements you can make that will enhance its eye appeal quickly.

1. Make use of outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting is essential if you are to safely move from the street our driveway to the front door. Likely, you already have one or two spotlights in place, but the transition from the drive to the front door may not include direct lighting. You can solve that problem by installing a set of path lights, strategically placed at set intervals from the drive to your front entranceway. If wiring is a problem, consider solar lights.

2. Redo your mailbox. Rural mailboxes are a natural focal point for your home’s curb appeal. A drab box can be covered over with a whimsical or seasonal theme, the post itself painted a bright color, perhaps matching your home’s front door. You might also surround the box with a garden, choosing low-lying plants and flowers that will not get in the way, but still add some pop to your box.

3. Color your door. Speaking of the front door, if you want to attract people to your home, paint it a color that truly stands out. Red is popular as is bright blue and green. Match the door with your mail box post color for visual interest.

4. Show your artistic flair. Homes over run by yard art are terrible to behold. That does not mean you cannot choose carefully selected pieces to enhance your property. These pieces might include a park bench, a circular bench to surround a stately tree, an operating, multi-tiered water fountain, wind chimes and sculptures.

5. Replace your shutters, modify your trim. Dull or worn shutters should be replaced, so choose a style that looks great and requires very little maintenance. Shutters can go beyond the decorative to completely cover windows for security or weather purposes. Match your shutters and trim to create a uniform and aesthetically pleasing look.

6. Bring beauty to your driveway. Sure, driveways are among the least interesting areas of any home. They also can take away from your home’s appearance especially if they are cracked, stained or need leveling. Fortunately, you can handle cracks and stains yourself, and hire a company to lift sunken slabs back into place. Save thousands of dollars over the price of a new driveway.

7. Change your home’s veneer. Whether your home is brick, wood or uses some other material, you can change its look quickly by switching to a new veneer. This is especially advantageous for homes that have are subject to wood rot and the owner wants to avoid regular wood replacing and painting. Consider brickface, natural or manufactured stone, aluminum or vinyl siding and other options to remake your home.

Yard Considerations

Most curb appeal projects you can handle yourself including changes you make to your garden. Speaking of your gardens, clear out the clutter, remove dead plants and lay down fresh mulch to give your home a fresh look. Seasonal and perennial flowers can advance a nice contrast too.

See AlsoHow to Maximize Your Home’s Valuation

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".