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7 Ideas to Improve Curb Appeal
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Whether you’re hoping
to sell in the near future or
simply looking to touch up
outdated areas, there’s one
aspect of home maintenance
most homeowners agree is
important: curb appeal. It’s a
broad term that may reference any number of visible
features, meaning there are
plenty of ways to enhance the
appearance of your house.
Consider these ideas –
some big, some small – for
bringing new life to your
home’s look from the experts
at the National Association
of the Remodeling Industry.
Swap Out Your Front Door
As one of the first things a
guest, passerby or potential
homebuyer may notice, the
front door is the gateway to
your home and a likely opening impression. Upgrading
to a heavier, bolder door or
simply repainting the existing threshold can capture
positive attention. Alternately, swapping out hardware for
a more eye-catching look is
an easy way to achieve a fresh
facelift.
Create Seating Areas
A welcoming home is typically an attractive one, and
there are few better ways
to create a cozy vibe than a
seating or gathering area on
the porch. Whether it’s the
classic porch swing or chairs
and a coffee table suitable for
the outdoors, a small zone
ideal for conversation and
camaraderie can help create
an at-home appearance.
Plant Shrubbery
Billowing trees and blooming f lowers are certainly
eye-catching accessories
outside a home, but many
varieties require intense care
to grow the way you envision
and may adhere to seasonal
weather patterns for optimal
appearance. For a quicker
result, shop around for fully
mature shrubs and plants
that can withstand elements
throughout the year.

Rethink the Mailbox
It may not be as exciting of a
project to undertake, however,
giving your mailbox a fresh
look helps it stand out and
– especially if it’s directly in
front of your home – may turn
an ordinary object into a worthy attractant. Your work may
be as simple as updating to a
newer model or as thought-out
as constructing a small rock
wall around the base.
Add Stonework
For a project that can
give your house a new look
altogether, consider incorporating stonework or a stone
veneer for a natural appearance. If changing your facade
isn’t in the plans, less complicated ideas like pavers, brick
sidewalks and landscape
rings are ways to introduce a
classic touch.
Paint the Exterior
Changing the exterior
paint color of a home is one
of the most popular renovation projects, and one of the
first that comes to mind for
many homeowners. Simply
altering the colors of trim,
gutters and other accent
pieces may be enough for
some homes, and repainting
the exterior doesn’t have to
mean a new color altogether
– consider a brighter shade
or simply a fresh coat to help
your home pop.
Update Lighting
Light fixtures come in all
shapes and sizes, and many
times the beauty is in the eye
of the beholder. While updated porch illumination may
not drive home a potential
sale, it’s a subtle touch right as
guests arrive. Adding smaller
lights in previously unlit areas
like around landscaping (consider solar-powered for easier
maintenance) can help your
hard work shine.
To find more ideas to increase
curb appeal, or to find a certified remodeler near you, visit
RemodelingDoneRight.com.

ATTN: DAVID STANFIELD, WINSTON-SALEM, NC 99999

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