10 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal This Weekend!
We’ve all heard the saying “You only get one chance to make a good first impression.” Proudly showing off your home’s exterior sets the stage for what’s to come, and gives the impression that it’s loved inside and out.
Whether you’re planning to sell, or live there for years to come, there are very simple cost effective ways to spruce up your home’s curb appeal. Here are some projects you can do this weekend to give your home the boost it needs. It just takes a bit of creativity and…. elbow grease!
- Maintenance. Start by cleaning up your yard. Make sure tools or equipment are neatly stored in your shed or garage. Kill any weeds poking through the cracks in the driveway and walkway, and give those surfaces a good power spray. This will clean away any discoloration and old grease stains. Remove any overgrown weeds, dead plants and flowers throughout your property. Trim all shrubs and trees particularly if they’re obstructing your front door. Have your lawn mowed once a week and add sod to dead spots when needed.
- Windows. Clean windows inside and out so they sparkle and shine. Make sure the window coverings used on the interior are not distracting from the exterior. If the style of architecture allows, install some charming window boxes planted with your favorite plants and flowers for a burst of color.
- Gutters and Downspouts. Walk around the perimeter of your home and make sure all your gutters and downspouts are clean and tightly connected. If they’re in need of serious repair then replace them. They typically charge per linear foot.
- Paint. If the paint on your house looks gray, cracked and weathered then it’s time for a fresh coat of paint. Either tackle it yourself, or hire a professional to help. If cost and time are factors simply paint out the front door, window trims, shutters and any fencing in a fresh new color.
- Landscaping. Adding shrubs, flowers or container gardens add instant impact to your front yard. Create an inviting entrance by investing in a pair of architectural pots, fill them with flowering plants, and place them on the landing flanking the front door. Dig a new planting bed for flowers along the driveway or in front of your house.
- Details. If the front of your home is void of details, then create some! Draw attention to your entryway by adding some chunky molding. Create some visual interest by installing new window trim and shutters. You may even consider incorporating a charming new fence, trellis, or water feature.
- Lighting. If your front entry fixtures are worn, cracked or rusted, replace them. Create a sense of drama by adding some low voltage or solar garden lights along your sidewalk and driveway. It’s a fabulous way to provide you with extra illumination and a little added security.
- Hardscaping. If you have a front porch, arbor, or trellis make sure they are in pristine condition and paint or stain the wood to look like new. Consider tiling your front doorstep creating a permanent welcome mat, or introduce a natural stone border along the sidewalk or driveway.
- Roofing. If you need a brand new roof then it’s not a weekend project. But make sure you do replace any cracked or missing tiles or shingles where needed. A roof could potentially cover anywhere from 40%-60% of your home’s overall visual appearance, so make sure it’s in good condition.
- Hardware. Time to shop. Replace your old front door handle, mailbox, house numbers and knockers for a fresh new look. They don’t need to be expensive pieces. Get rid of the old shiny brass hardware and introduce some antique copper, bronze or brushed nickel. Doesn’t your home deserve some new jewelry?
Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be extensive or expensive. Some cleaning, fresh paint, accent lighting and a few new accessories may be all it needs. Take pride and enjoy it!
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2009 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc