How To Improve The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

by Editor on May 23, 2013

Prospect Park, Irrigation Curb, 2005

This time of year is the perfect time to spruce up the appearance of your home. If you are considering selling, then maximizing your home’s curb appeal is an absolute must. The following are several tips to enhance the curb appeal of your home.

Add Life and Color with Landscaping

Seek to create a balance with landscaping. While your yard should look lush and full, it should not feel like an overgrown jungle. First, take care of the basics. You will want to remove all weeds from your garden. Once finished, add a layer of fresh mulch or topsoil to the garden. If you want your hard work to last longer consider laying down a weed barrier under the new soil. There are various choices, which unroll in a sheet and are easy to cut around your shrubs and trees. In a pinch or on a budget, a layer of newspaper will slow down the weeds for most of the season. Then trim back any overgrown plants. Next, bring life and color to your home with flowers, shrubs and perhaps a tree. Plant some flowers and shrubs in pots to add some depth to your yard.

Just Add Paint

Overtime, the paint on your home is certain to fade. If the paint is peeling you may need to hire professionals. However, if the paint just needs a fresh coat, you may be able to do it yourself. Does painting the entire house sound like too much of a task? For an easy, cost-effective fix, consider painting only the shutters and trim. This simple effort can give you home a whole new look.

Consider the Details

What makes your home unique? It is wise to stay neutral if you are planning to sell your house. However, if you are sprucing up the house for yourself, then have a little fun. Add different elements of shape and color with window boxes. Buy a garden gnome. Buy an older wooden bench, spray paint it a bright color and set it in a shady spot. Make bird-feeders and hang them from a low branch. A house can looked lived in and still have great curb appeal.

Enhance the Identity of Your Home

Although often overlooked, having your home’s number clearly visible is important. There are hundreds of styles to choose from, so this can be a great way to show off your individuality through your house. If your home is set close to the street, then having only one set of numbers on the front of the house is probably sufficient. However, use you judgment in this case. If your house is not clearly visible from the street, you might consider having a second set of numbers placed on a mailbox, a tree, a stone or staked in the yard.

Invest in a Beautiful Front Door

This is a small fix that makes a big difference. The front door is one of the first things visitors and onlookers will notice about your house. If you really want to make a difference, consider investing in a elegant wrought iron door. Not only are wrought iron doors beautiful, they also offer security. If you do not have the money to spend on this luxury, considering updating your current door. An old, worn-out wooden door can be completely transformed with a little paint. Increasing the curb appeal of your home not only increases its value, it will also bring you more satisfaction each time you come home.

About the Author

Peter Wendt is a blogger interested in home improvement. Want to increase your home’s curb appeal? Wendt highly recommends investing in theĀ hand-forged wrought iron doors by Cantera Doors.

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