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Add Curb Appeal, Here Its Tips

Here are some ideas for adding curb appeal at every price point.

# Clean Up! Basic clean up is virtually free, but can go a very long way in making your home more visually appealing. Start by getting rid of clutter on your porch, around your entry and in your yard. Next, sweep down all surfaces and hose them off, wash down any outdoor furniture and wash windows, shutters and outdoor surface. Pull weeds, trim bushes, remove debris and add a fresh layer of mulch in the flower beds. Just this alone will greatly enhance your curb appeal.

# Work Magic with Paint: Paint is cheap but it has HUGE impact. Paint the front door in a color that contrasts with your siding. For example, a red door is very warm and welcoming and the right shade of red looks great on siding colors from gray, to white, tan or blue. Black front doors are also very popular and deep toned wood finishes always add a classic touch. The right house with a boldly painted teal or yellow door can also be very appealing. Don’t stop at the door either. Trim, shutters, furniture, flower pots and metal art are also great candidates for a paint makeover. Even fixtures like hardware and lighting fixtures can be transformed with spray paint. Just give a light sanding to the surface, set up a barrier for overspray and spray in even light strokes that won’t run or drip.

# All the Trimmings: The right trim and accents can bring out the beauty of your home’s design, regardless of its period and style. You can accent peaks, facades, dormers, alcoves and porches with a variety of trim accents. Eyebrow cornices over the doors and windows, pilasters, moldings, shutters, railings, gingerbread and siding accents are available in a variety of prices and made of low-maintenance materials. These can add drama and interest, especially when finished in a color that accents the main color of your home.

# Spotlight the Entry: Outdoor lighting is a beautiful way to add safety and security to your home while playing up its handsome features. Landscape lighting along walkways makes it safer to come and go after dark. Also consider lighting for stairways and porches. Don’t forget to highlight trees and landscaped areas create a finished, cohesive look. Low wattage lighting is most effective for outdoor lighting. Solar lighting is easier to install but does not provide adequate lighting at night especially on dreary days when solar panels don’t get much exposure to the sun.

# Create a Safe and Attractive Walkway: Concrete walks that are buckled and cracked not only look unsightly, they can present a tripping hazard and are a potential liability for homeowners. There are many beautiful options to choose from, including stamped concrete, pavers, bricks and natural stone and prices vary depending on the materials chosen and whether you do the job yourself or hire a contractor.  Choose walkway materials and colors that coordinate with the style and colors of your home’s exterior.

# Change your Hardware: There is an incredible array of door hardware options on the market these days. Browse your favorite hardware or home improvement store for hardware in antiqued bronze, nickel, brass, black iron and other finishes that are full of character.  You’ll find classic and contemporary styles as well as period and architecturally appropriate hardware as well. In addition to locksets and door handles, you can also add kick plates, knockers, and decorative hinges.

# Say Welcome: Details around the entry area can be simple or elaborate, depending on your budget, space and style. Porch chairs or rockers, a simple bench, potted plants or a gurgling fountain add warmth and interest, drawing people to your door. A small table and area rug can actually turn your porch into living space. More expensive ideas might include a picket fence, entry gates, pergolas or arbors to dress up the entry and create drama. Be sure to scale your ideas to the size and style of the home for the best effect.

# Design a Garden: Adding color with flowers gives a home a warm and welcoming look. Planting beds that are in proportion with the size and height of your home will soften hard angles and vertical lines and also add shade and protection from the wind. Perennial flowering plants, as well as flowering trees and shrubs add seasonal color, interest and texture. Flower pots and urns, window boxes and hanging baskets are an easy method for adding pops of seasonal color. Adding color with plants can range from inexpensive, if you do it yourself, to very expensive if you hire a landscape designer or include hardscaping projects, such as retaining walls or patios.