Creating curb appeal is a wise investment that often requires some planning, a little skill, manpower, but not necessarily a big budget.
With Spring here it is the perfect time to get that curb appeal to your home. Selling that home or planning to sell that home in the near future or just wanting to knock the socks off your neighbors, you want to create a little punch right from the edge of the drive.
The front door welcomes guests yet protects a household from intruders. Giving it a fresh coat of paint works wonders for the front façade.
A decorative exterior handset will open the door to a home’s design, and swapping out an old doorknob for a new one can make for a grand entrance. The doorknob is both functional and ornamental.
But, if the welcome has been worn out on your home’s front door, it might be time for an upgrade. Today’s doors are becoming more warp-resistant, energy-efficient and secure. Fiberglass doors with a foam core are one of the most popular choices when replacing an old front door, with costs starting under $1,000.
Ring in spring
When at the front door, a visitor’s first point of contact is the doorbell or knocker, so give the uninspired buzzer the ding-dong ditch. A decorative doorbell ringer or doorknocker can be an inexpensive upgrade, starting under $100. A doorbell or doorknocker is also a small but mighty motif foreshadowing a personal sense of style found inside the home.
Shed new light on the front of a home by creating a warm, inviting atmosphere with new light fixtures. Swapping out old lighting is easy, but it’s important to choose fixtures that coordinate with the door’s hardware and complement a home’s architectural style. Light fixtures used outside should also be rated by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL Wet) to be safe when exposed to the elements.
An attached garage door is typically one of a home’s most prominent curbside features. A fresh coat of paint on the garage door – coordinated with the front-door design – can pull the look of an entire home together.
If it’s time for a new garage door, today’s homeowner doesn’t have to settle for builder’s grade, standard raised-panel and windowless garage doors. Manufacturers are rolling out new garage door options that are more insulated and energy-efficient, with eye-catching styles accented by decorative hinges and pulls.
Drives and Walkways
Homeowners can pour creativity into their driveways and walkways. The first impression of a house can start at the driveway and sidewalk as visitors make their way to the front door.
Concrete, stone and pavers crack over time. Repairing or replacing damaged areas is a matter of safety and shouldn’t be considered. Secure any loose bricks or pavers back into the walkway, and fix any deteriorating concrete as soon as you can. Not only are these imperfections an eyesore, they can be considered a tripping hazard.
Flowers and landscape
You can make a big impact without spending big bucks. Plant flowers and put down a fresh bag of mulch in beds around the front door. Hang planters that match the décor you have created. Remove any old leaves, branches and trim branches and bushes for a clean appearance.
Careful use of narrow leaf and broad leaf evergreens, perennials, and annuals that feature color throughout the year, and include plants that are not commonly found in existing landscapes
Use of water features that provide not only the beauty of reflecting pools, bubbling fountains, and cascading waterfalls but also add the sounds of flowing water
Use of plants that bring soothing fragrances
Gardens that provide both attractive and functional use to the landscape and help reduce monotonous expanses of lawns
The knowledgeable use of plants that are low in maintenance and require less watering
And, the use of plants which attract butterflies, pollinators, and other valued insects
A decorative bird feeder on the side of the home can add some family feel to the home.