Better Curb Appeal in Just a Few Simple Steps

May 17th 2010
Better Curb Appeal in Just a Few Simple Steps

How does your house look from the street? Stand at the curb in front of your house and note what you see. When you look at it objectively, does it make a strong first impression? If not, where is there room for improvement? Take a tour of your neighborhood to find out what appeals to you. Look at homes similar to your own home's style. Following is a list of some tips for a better curb appeal:

1. Landscaping - Cleaning up your landscaping is one of the least expensive yet most significant ways you can improve the look of your home. You can start with regular mowing, raking, edging, weeding, and pruning trees and shrubs. Add fresh top soil or bark mulch to beds. Remove any clutter in your yard. Large flower-filled planters will enhance the eye appeal of your property.

2. Create an entranceway that is a focal point - The front door can set the tone for your home's style. To update your entrance you can give your door a fresh coat of paint, add new hardware, and even consider replacing it with a new one.

3. Focus on details - Your mailbox, house numbers, front light and plants are small details that make a large impression.

4. Driveways and Patios - Give your driveway a facelift. Cleaning up the driveway, patios and walkways will make a difference - Repair cracks and do any necessary painting, staining or sealing.

5. Hardscapes - Hardscapes like retaining walls, patios, fences and arbors add appeal and value to your home. Be sure these items are in good repair. Stain or paint decks and fences, add a new pave stone path or patio.

6. Lighting - Your front yard should have functional path and front porch lighting as well as accent lighting to help create dramatic effects. Home improvement centers carry a variety of low-voltage lighting kits that are easy to install. Replace worn looking or outdated light fixtures. Replace any burned out bulbs.

7. Siding - Clean the siding. If you are comfortable on ladders this is a job you can do yourself using Shell Busey Home Cleaning Formula, a hose and a long handled round brush; otherwise, there are professional services that can do it for you.

8. Painting and recaulking - A fresh coat of paint can transform the look of your house. Be sure to use a high quality exterior paint.

9. Make necessary repairs - Re-caulk around windows and exterior doors; the caulking may be dried out and in need of replacement. Ensure your eaves and downspouts are clear of debris and in good repair.

10. Park cars in the garage - Many of us turn our garages into storage rooms and park our cars in the driveway where they clutter the view of the house.

11. Updating Doors and Windows - Replacing old doors and windows not only improves the look of your home both inside and outside but it makes it more energy efficient as well. If you're feeling drafts from old windows, it maybe time to replace them with newer more efficient windows. Garage and entry doors can be a prominent focal point so it's worth it to replace old, doors with something dressier to match the style of your home.