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Real estate experts agree: Curb appeal can make or break a first impression. So, whether you’re trying to sell your home or just increase its value, now is the time to upgrade your home’s exterior. Add instant style to your front yard with a few of our favorite curb appeal tips.
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Think About Your Dream Home
Before you can boost your home’s curb appeal, it’s important to envision the type of exterior you’d like your home to have. Does it have more landscaping? Some new pops of color? New patio furniture? Grab a pen and paper and dream about your ideal front yard for a little while. Then, it’s time to get to work and clean away last fall and winter’s dirt and grime (don’t forget about the windows).
Invest in Landscaping
“If you’re looking to boost curb appeal, good landscaping is the key! I will say that less is more when it comes to landscaping in front of a house. I’m not a fan of layers of plants cascading in front of the house. Planting structural anchor plants in front of a house is an easy way to show off the architecture of the house and not overwhelm the eye.” –Anne Daigh, Daigh Rick Landscape Architects
Impress with Outdoor Speakers
Outdoor speakers are not only designed to stand up to the elements, they can also enhance your home by bringing soothing, mood-setting sounds to your front or back yard. Choose models that blend in with landscaping or your home’s exterior to match the design style you desire.
Create Gathering Spaces
A home’s architecture and ambiance should be as welcoming as it is beautiful. Add chairs, benches and other communal furniture to the front porch to increase your home’s exterior charm and comfort.
Replace Outdated Doors
If you’ve ever looked at your home’s entry or garage door and thought, man, I should really replace that soon, spring is the perfect time to make simple renovations happen. For a low-maintenance replacement option, shop for fiberglass styles, which are both durable and resistant to humidity. Wood, on the other hand, can give your home a distinctive style, as customization options are more extensive.
Keep Things Low Maintenance & Sustainable
“The trend seems to be low maintenance and sustainable landscapes. We are designing more and more landscapes that include native plants as they require less water and less maintenance to acclimate. They have a more natural feel to them. Also, we are incorporating pervious paver systems in driveways and terraces to help capture run-off and minimize the impact of storm water. This practice is becoming more common in residential landscapes.” –Anne Daigh
Update Door Hardware
Want a quick and easy upgrade? Replace your front door’s existing hardware with an upgraded design for an effortless, yet noticeable change. Whether your style is classic, modern, rustic or minimalist, our updated collections have something for everyone.
Roll Out the Paint Brush
One of the easiest ways to transform your curb appeal is to paint your home’s front door and/or window shutters. Need some color inspiration? These are the 10 best paint colors for 2019.
Give Your Lawn Some TLC
A neglected or dried-up lawn can make or break your home’s first impression. Make arrangements now, before the spring and summer heat kicks in, so that someone will be regularly keeping your lawn in shape by mowing, watering, raking and pulling weeds.
*Feature Image by Castle Homes.