Easy Updates to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Whether you’re planning on putting your house on the market – or you’re looking for a little exterior facelift – slight repairs affect your property well beyond its first impression. With a few simple, weekend projects, you can increase the value of your home and add some extra style to the street. Sometimes it’s difficult to see our homes in the same light as potential buyers, or even neighbors. What you deem as “weathered” might seem completely tattered to someone who doesn’t have the personal attachments to items like you do. To get a more accurate assessment of your property and where it could use a little improvement, cross the street to take in the entire property. Examine your house and yard like a potential buyer or guest would. Jot down its strengths and weaknesses and use that as a starting point for your curb appeal-enhancing projects.
Making a Good First Impression
One of the first things people see on a property is the mailbox. If this focal point is broken, rusted or dated looking, it can cause visitors to look the other way before setting eyes on the rest of the house. But luckily, it’s an easy fix – all you’ll need is a single can of spray paint. New Dual™ Paint + Primer is a one-step solution to easily transform any eyesore. The unique formula primes the surface for adhesion, durability and coverage, while delivering a high quality finish – in one can, one step! Best of all, Dual is now available in specialty finishes, such as hammered and metallic, that are perfect to add an extra dose of style, helping your mailbox to look great again in no time.
Now that you’ve caught the attention of your guests with your improved mailbox, next concentrate on the front door. Adding a decorative door knocker is a great way to add charm and style to this focal point of the house. Update the house numbers as well, and paint everything in the same sleek hammered or metallic finish as your mailbox for a completely coordinated look.
A Tidy and Neat Yard
No matter what the size of your front yard, a well-manicured lawn is important to boosting your cub appeal. Simple one-weekend tasks like weeding, edging sidewalks and removing unsightly plants growing between concrete or bricks can make a huge difference without a lot of effort. Be sure to also use weed killer to keep sidewalks and driveways looking polished for the rest of the season.
After the initial grooming, add new mulch, plants and flowers for an extra pop of color and style. Lush bushes and bright plants against a fresh flower bed can serve as an attractive welcome. And if you’re feeling extra daring, adding lights – both to your walkway and front porch – can illuminate your newly transformed yard from dusk through dawn.
Fill in the Blanks
The final task to a great looking home that’s ready for listing – or lusting by your neighbors – is to repair or replace any elements that have deteriorated over time. Be sure to repoint any bricks that have lost their mortar, reseal cracks and get rid of stains on the driveway. Straighten or replace shutters, gutters and downspouts. If repainting the house isn’t in your budget, power washing the siding can make a big difference to the exterior appearance, and increase its value. Now, with all your hard work complete, head back across the street and admire your home its increased curb appeal.
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