Boost Your Curb Appeal

eHow Home Blog

With warmer temperatures in full swing for most of us, there is no better time than the present to head outdoors and give your home’s curb appeal a bit of a boost. There are so many simple ways to not only make the outside of your home more presentable to visitors and guests, but also add a pretty penny to the value of your home.

Give the outside of your home a good spring cleaning. Remove weeds from flower beds, mow your lawn regularly and trim any overgrown shrubs and trees to keep your curb appeal in tip-top shape.

Declutter, declutter, declutter. One or two decorative pieces add a bit of personality to the front of your home, but a front porch full of knickknacks and lawn ornaments can be distracting. Pick out a few of your favorites and pack up the rest for storage or donation, or rotate your favorites throughout the year.

A few simple projects can make a big difference, for instance adding shutters or wooden porch columns. Repairing rotten wood and peeling paint is also a sure bet to add a few bucks to your pocket in the long (and short) run.

Add a splash of color with flowering plants if your yard is lacking spice. Prone to a brown thumb? Use potted plants for an easy way to add color without having to commit to taking care of a larger plant season after season.

With just a few simple weekend projects, you can make your home stand out as one of the most appealing in the neighborhood. Happy sprucing!

– Cara Wilkerson writes the real estate and home improvement blog Live the Home Life.

Photo Credits: Michael Baxley

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