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Your home’s curb appeal is the general aesthetic of the exterior. It can also help increase your property value. If you’re looking to refinance or sell your home, working on your curb appeal is a must! According to Realtor Magazine, curb appeal can help sell a property for 7% more than those without curb appeal.
While keeping up with yearly and seasonal maintenance helps your curb appeal, there are easy things you can do to your home’s exterior that will benefit your property value and overall look.
Whether or not you have a green thumb, adding plants and trees to your property can fill the space with beauty, lower your energy bills, and benefit your wildlife. Flowering trees, like Magnolia or Dogwood, can help your property ease into Spring and Summer with elegance. In addition, trees provide privacy, shade, and oxygen for your space. If you don’t have a lot of space in your yard, visit your local nursery to pick up some hanging flower baskets or potted trees to display near your door.
Hardscaping is anything that appears in your landscaping besides plants. Walkways, garden barriers, decorative rocks, or other stonework are all forms of hardscaping. Opting for stonework or concrete pathing instead of gravel can protect your green spaces from stubborn weed growth.
Your home’s exterior goes through a lot. Wet weather, direct sunlight, and the passing of time naturally put stress on painted surfaces. On a sunny weekend, doing small spot touch ups of paint around windows, trims, and doors can go a long way. If you’re looking for new colors, aim for a cohesive color scheme.
Lighting is about more than just aesthetics; you’re increasing night-time visibility for your family and guests. Lighting with warmer tones provide gentle illumination without eye strain. Additionally, falls are the most common home injuries. Well-placed lighting around stairs, paths, and entryways reduces these risks and provide peace of mind.
When it comes to your curb appeal, don’t forget the final touches! Bold house numbers, a fresh mailbox, seasonal décor, and even a new doormat can tie things together. Power washing walkways and your home’s exterior can brighten things up without the need for new features.
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