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5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

By on April 16, 2018
5 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

It doesn’t matter what winter looked like — whether it was mild and predictable or wild and endless. When the season finally starts to change, you always seem drawn to the same things: digging in the yard, priming the grill and hauling out your deck pieces.

As a budget-conscious homeowner, however, it’s also important to focus your attention on warm weather maintenance and repair tasks. After all, your home is your most significant asset — financially speaking, of course.

Wouldn’t it be great to combine your want-to-do and need-to-do lists to satisfy seasonal cravings as well as increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value? Read on for five ways to do just that.

1. Power Wash Exterior Surfaces

Nothing cleans a home’s exterior quickly and with minimal effort quite like a pressure wash. And let’s face it — it’s also sweet to be out in the sun spraying water around like a kid. Of course, what you’re actually doing is cleaning off grime, sand and silt winter left behind — and assessing the need for repairs that may be hidden underneath.

Start at the top and work your way down. Power wash the roof, making a note of missing shingles or damage to your drainage system. Before the cold settles in again, you’ll want to be sure your roof is secure and gutters in good working order.

Next, hose down siding and check for chipped or peeling sections. Pressure treat porches and the driveway — you might uncover cracks, pits and stains that should also be repaired to prevent further deterioration.

2. Switch out Your Garage Door

Now that the house looks fresh and bright from top-to-bottom, it’s time to assess your garage door critically. Is it dented, bent or project an outdated look? As the largest moving component of your home and a distinct focal point, perhaps it’s time to research options such as customized wood or faux-wood doors. You’ll be surprised what a substantial difference an updated garage entrance makes to the overall look of your home.

3. Start a Container Garden

Strategically place planters, pots and urns on porches and decks. Fill them with seasonal blooms and create pops of bright color. Carry the look onto the face of your home by installing window boxes. Whenever possible, purchase indigenous plants and flowers appropriate for the amount of sun in each location.

4. Add Spot and Path Lights

Adding light to walkways and entrances doesn’t have to be expensive or energy-inefficient. Look for solar-powered in-ground units that store energy pulled from the sun during daylight hours and release it at night. Solar LED spot or flood lights remain bright approximately 10 hours on a single charge. These lights require no wiring and are available in most home goods stores, as well as online.

5. Install a New Mailbox

Sitting literally right on the curb, your mailbox makes a remarkable statement of appeal. Select an eye-catching model that matches the design of your home. Consider painting it a bright color — or surrounding it with attractive foliage — and make sure to follow city regulations for installation. Contact your local post office to arrange an inspection to assure compliance.

Whether you call it digging in the dirt or gardening and water play or pressure washing, adding curb appeal to your home this season isn’t child’s play — but isn’t it great when it feels that way?

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

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