Spring has finally arrived which means temperatures are rising and spring cleaning season is officially underway. It’s time to start thinking about getting some repairs in to make sure your home is in tiptop shape and gleaming with curb appeal.
Houses with curb appeal peak the interest of potential homebuyers and make them want to see what’s on the inside. If you feel your home is lacking a few oohs and aahs, here are 6 fixer uppers that will help your home leave a lasting impression.
Mend the Mailbox
Your mailbox is one of the first things visitors see when they pull up to your home. It should compliment the home as well as reflect the homeowner’s personality. A paint color that matches the home is a great way to dress up your mailbox and provide a mirror effect. You might also want to consider surrounding it by a beautiful flower garden.
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Fix the Flowers
Colorful gardens add a touch of cheerfulness to home exteriors. They are also easy to install and affordable; you can even find ready-made flower containers at garden centers and home improvement stores. To create an appealing flower arrangement, staggered and asymmetrical designs work best. But remember gardens need daily care and maintenance. Don’t neglect pulling weeds, pruning old growth, and adding new mulch to restore the color. If you border your garden bed with stone or brick, you will want to clean and reset any pieces that are soiled or dislodged.
Depot the Door
The front door is an iconic symbol for homebuyers, so picking the right color and design is crucial. Make your door a focal point by giving it a blast of color such as red or by installing a custom wood door. If you can’t replace a full door at the moment, make sure to clean off the dirt and grime and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Finally, a swag wreath on the front says your house is warm and welcoming.
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Heal the Hardware
Spruce up the little odds and ends around the exterior. Tackle the house numbers, the entry door lockset, and the overhead light fixtures. If things look more than a decade past their prime, you may not be conveying the style you want. Rather than mix and match pieces stick with one style and create a uniform look.
Get a Lock on Lighting
Landscape lighting can make a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal and at the same time provide safety and security. Outdoor lighting fixtures can accent trees, gardens, or lawn art. They can also illuminate a lighting path. For lighting a driveway, make sure things are uniform and symmetrical.
Amplify the Art
You can create instant spunk in your yard with weather-resistant artwork. Choose colors and pieces that complement your home’s pallet. Birdbaths, sculptures, and wind chimes make for excellent outdoor art. If you really want to add some curb appeal though a water sculpture will really catch the eye and ear of passer by. Place your fountain on level ground in a spot that is easily visible but away from falling leaves.
Enhance the Entry
What kind of statement do you want your house to make? Shutters and trim add an immaculate layer of beauty to your home’s exterior. Well-designed walkways give the impression that your home is warm and inviting. For a dramatic statement replace a straight concrete path with a contoured one made of stone or brick. New exterior paint gives your whole house a fresh facelift and new siding automatically transforms the look to one that is pristine.
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