Curb appeal not only makes your house look well maintained and inviting but it adds value to your home. Whether you want to sell your home or just spruce it up a bit as a home improvement creating curb appeal can be done on a budget and will help to make a great first impression of your home.
Before beginning any curb appeal projects you should take a little walk across the street from your home and get a different perspective of how your house looks. Notice the landscaping, the lawn, the bushes and shrubs, the trees, the mailbox, the house itself, from the roof to the windows and front door
. How do things look? Do the bushes need to be trimmed? The lawn reseeded? Does anything need to be replaced?
Symmetry can be easy to create and it's pleasing to the eye. You can create symmetry at the front door with light fixtures, or flower pots. Your flower pots or urns can coordinate with the color of the door and/or light fixtures.
Light fixtures come in a variety of styles and prices. When replacing a light fixture it isn't about getting something expensive, it's about getting a fixture that matches the style of your home. A problem many people encounter when replacing a light fixture on the front of their home is buying one that is too small. You need to consider scale when buying fixtures. The fixture should be 1/3rd to 1/4th the size of your front door. However, light fixtures do not always need to be replaced, sometimes they just need to be cleaned.
After replacing the light fixtures take a look at the other hardware located on the front of the home. The knocker on the front door, the door knob, and the door bell should all be matching in style, color, and scale.
The front door might need to be replaced or just spruce it up with a good power washing or new coat of paint. Your front door can make a statement with a lovely splash of color. Also bring some of the inside out with a swag or wreath that reflects the style of the home.
Inside the home you can use window treatments that are consistent on the entire front of the home. Even if the treatments don't look the same while inside the home, on the outside you want them to look consistent. This can be accomplished by using window treatments that are lined with white material. Not only does this material help block more light and heat from coming into the room but it gives the outside of the home a consistent look. On the outside of the home you might consider adding window boxes or shutters to add a little more texture to the front of the home.
If you use a window box use the same types of plants in planters on the porch or in your landscaping so you can create continuity.
Be sure to keep your lawn mowed, your sidewalks and drive edged, and the weeds to a minimum. Garden beds should be pruned, weeded, and new flowers and plants should be added when needed. Mulch should also be added regularly to protect the garden as well as to restore the color. If bricks or stones line the gardens consider washing them or resetting any that may have been moved due to erosion or weather conditions.
A mailbox is frequently the first thing a visitor sees when they approach your home, especially if they are looking for the home using address numbers on mailboxes. Match the style and color of the mailbox to the style of your home and do a little landscaping around the area to keep it looking fresh. Instead of replacing the mailbox paint or stain the mailbox to match the color of the trim on the house.
Landscape lighting can make a big impact on the home's curb appeal at night while at the same time providing safety and security. You can add accent lights to trees, the house, or walking paths. Solar lights will save on electricity, though note that they are not as bright and reliable as wired lighting.
Creating curb appeal to your home plans can make a lasting impression and set the whole tone of your home.
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