How to Create Curb Appeal For Your Home

Use Paint for a Quick, Drastic Change

A fresh coat of paint, whether you're updating your color scheme or applying a fresh coat, is an easy way to update your home's look from the street.

Shutters Bring Another Element of Color and Style

More than just window dressing, shutters add another dimension of color and style to your home. Both decorative and operable shutters usually come in one of three styles: louvered, raised-panel, or board and batten. Traditionally, raised-panel shutters were used on the first floor for privacy, and louvered shutters were used on second-story windows to allow heat to escape. Measure your windows for operable shutters from the inside. For the width, measure across the window sash. For the height, measure the window from top to bottom, adding an extra inch to account for the part of the sash that settles inside the window frame.

Window Boxes

Overflowing with your favorite flowers, window boxes are a irresistible draw for the eye. Consider planting flowers in a shade that complements the color of your home. Or, for dramatic effect, mix in a second plant that picks up your trim color.

Set a Welcoming Tone with Your Entry

A clear path that's well-lit and maintained makes visitors feel comfortable and welcomed.

Symmetry is key. Place potted plants in pairs to convey a well-balanced entrance. Choose larger-scale pots and plants for a dramatic flourish.

Frame the entry.A white picket gate is one of the most classic ways to define your entryway. It also provides a measure of safety. Enhance the simple gate's appeal with a flower-laden arbor that creates an airy, romantic doorway. Don't hesitate to mix materials. A wooden gate and iron arbor strike a nice balance.

The Importance of a Well-Lit House Front

A well-lit home and yard is as much about safety and security as it is about aesthetics. Be sure to light the most frequently used areas around your home, such as the front porch, steps, driveway, walkways, back patio, and deck. Consider installing timers and motion-activated sensors to deter burglars. Lampposts add broad illumination to the yard. To highlight specific landscaping, look for path lights to illuminate your walk or accent lights to spotlight a tree.

The Other Ideas Include:

- Window Cleaning (inside & out)
- Gutter/Eavestrough Cleaning (inside & out)
- Pressure-washing of driveway, walkway, patio, & decks
- Remove weeds and keep lawn freshly watered/mowed
- Add flower baskets
- Paint front door a bold colour to make it pop from the home
Jenni Bast

Jenni Bast

CENTURY 21 Dome Realty Inc.
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