Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

Monday, April 14 at 10:50 AM
Category: Arvest News

Spring is in the air and that means longer days, warmer temperatures and precious time in the great outdoors. And because you'll be spending so much more time outside, spring is a great time to give your home's exterior a boost. Here are simple and inexpensive ways you can improve the appearance of your home.

Freshen your front door. After a long winter, front entryways and doorways can become tired and worn. A smart way to awaken them is to apply a fresh coat of paint. Be sure to paint the trim around the doorway. You also can dress up your front door with a nice craft or decoration such as a spring wreath.

Buy a fresh mat. It's the start of a new season, so replace your welcome mat with a fresh clean one.

Replace doorknobs, knockers and other hardware. You can freshen up a dull entryway with shiny new fixtures, such as doorknobs and knockers. Changing fixtures can make your door seem new.

Get new house numbers. Over time, house numbers can get rusty and old. Replacing them with shiny new numbers is an inexpensive way to freshen up your home.

Replace door lighting. Everything looks better in the right light. That holds true of your front entryway. Consider replacing old lights with fresh lights.

Freshen your mailbox. Don't forget your mailbox; it's part of your house, too. Consider giving it a paint job or purchasing a new one. If it's in your budget, add a fancy wooden or granite post.

Paint shutters. You don't need a complete paint job to make your house pop. To save money, simply take down your shutters and paint them. You'll be surprised the difference a fresh coat of paint can make.

Add some new greenery. Do you have shrubs and bushes that are overgrown or damaged? Consider replacing them with new shrubbery. At the very least, trim your shrubs and clean up the area or beds where they lie.

Paint railings. With a can of spray paint, you can give new life to tired old metal railings. If you have wooden railings, give them a fresh coat of paint or stain.

By taking these simple steps, you'll improve your home's "curb appeal" and make your neighbors happy, too. If you’d like to put your home up for sale and upgrade to a new home, then these improvements could make your home more appealing to homebuyers and potentially help your home to sell faster.

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