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5 Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Home Equity Improved with Landscaping, a Paint Job, and Replacement Hardware

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A home with exterior decorative shutters, photo courtesy Kelly Smith

Whether you’re putting your home up for sale or simply trying to keep up with the neighbors, improving the curb appeal of your home is a great way to make your house warmer and more inviting.

You can easily make a more attractive facade for your home without much trouble or expense when you know what to do. Try these 5 ways to improve your home’s curb appeal and turn your house into the talk of the neighborhood.

  1. Fresh Paint.

    If your house is outfitted with wood or aluminum siding on its exterior, a fresh coat of paint is the best way to revamp and revitalize it for maximum curb appeal.

    You’ve been looking at your own walls for so long that you may not even realize what they look like to the unaccustomed eye. The difference between old and new paint is night and day, so consider this simple and easy project to beautify your home.

  2. Put in a Flower Garden.

    Nothing does more to boost a home’s curb appeal than a well-kept flower garden. A traditional choice in your front yard space is anything from roses to azaleas.

    Don’t forget to include a solid base of spring-blooming wildflowers such as bluebonnets. Also, include later-blooming perennials to make sure that your garden stays lush and colorful throughout all seasons without making more work for you in the spring.

    A brightly colored flower garden does wonders for your home, and cultivating flowers can be a very relaxing hobby as well.

  3. Driveway Edging Protects Your Lawn.

    Edging the driveway is an often overlooked project that can significantly change the appearance of your home.

    A driveway border of brick, stone, or any material of your choosing, will give your home a neat and elegant look. It will also prevent both you and your visitors from veering onto the lawn and creating unsightly destruction.

    Choose a material that will match well with your home exterior and make driveway edging your next home improvement project.

  4. Add New Door Hardware.

    You may not give much thought to the details of your home exterior, but outsiders notice them right away; you are just too accustomed to seeing them day in and day out.

    An old or broken door handle, knocker, window latch, or any other piece of hardware on the front of your home will stick out like a sore thumb.

    Take some extra time to consider the little things. Replacing the old hardware on your home exterior doesn’t take much time and does wonders for your curb appeal. Look at your facade with a critical eye and determine what needs replacing.

    Remember—you may think it looks “rustic” but to a stranger it just looks old.

  5. Revitalize Dead Grass.

    When you look at homes for sale in Indianapolis, for example, or any other city, you’ll notice one thing—higher priced homes have well-kept lawns.

    Revitalize and dead or distressed areas on your lawn and your curb appeal will skyrocket. A lush, healthy lawn gives the feeling of caring, responsibility, comfort.

    If your home is up for sale, you don’t want potential buyers to be greeted by a decaying landscape. How to find the right landscaper. Sprucing up your lawn will do wonders for curb appeal.

Do you have any tips that would benefit our readers regarding this topic? Please share in the comment section below!

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