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HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR CURB APPEAL?

Curb appeal is described as the visual attractiveness of a house as seen from the street.  This applies to the outside of the home as well as the landscaping, outdoor fixtures, sidewalks, and driveway. 

An attractive view from the street can help sell your home and extend your property values as well as the neighborhood’s value.

Curb appeal is very important to you, and not just when selling your home. It can also save money and help detract criminals. Well placed trees and shrubs will block the home from sun and wind and can help cut down on cooling cost. Shrubs and bushes in front of windows, but not fully blocking them, can prevent people from looking into your home or getting too close. Keeping them trimmed and the yard maintained also lets people know that the home is regularly occupied.

Here are 5 simple, cost-effective ideas you can do to improve your curb appeal.

1. Create Perfect Symmetry

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways and boost curb appeal.

2. Dress Up The Front Door

Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a blast of colourr with paint or by installing a custom wood door. Clean off any dirty spots around the knob, and use metal polish on the door fixtures. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose something that reflects your personal style.

3. Install Outdoor Lighting

Low-voltage landscape lighting makes a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal while also providing safety and security. Fixtures can add accent lighting to trees or the house or can illuminate a walking path. If you aren’t able to use lightss that require wiring, install solar fixtures but understand that their light levels are not as bright or as reliable.

4 Create An Instant Garden

Container gardens add a welcoming feel and colourful curb appeal to any home exterior — quickly and affordably. You can buy ready-made containers from garden centers or create your own with your favorite plants.

4. Renew Planter Beds

Get garden beds into shape by pruning growth, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and adding new topsoil to restore colour that was taken away by sunlight and heavy rains. If stones border your bed, consider cleaning and resetting any pieces that are soiled or dislodged. If your border is old or tired-looking, try upgrading to stone or a decorative cast-concrete edging system for improved curb appeal.