Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

You’ve heard it before: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This steadfast advice isn’t just for interviews and first dates; it’s also applicable to your home. That’s why experts from home builders to real estate agents sing the praises of stellar curb appeal. Your Stephens agent will be happy to give you tips on how to put your home’s best foot forward. Here are some good ways to increase your home’s curb appeal:

Shake up shutters. Don’t be tempted to ignore your shutters. They provide a great opportunity to add a splash of color to your home’s exterior without going overboard. Pull shutters down and clean them up with soap and water before adding a fresh coat of paint. Make sure to get enough paint so you can freshen your front door in the matching color as well for a coordinating look that can enhance curb appeal.

Pretty the patio. Front patios should be inviting and complement the entryway. For dated and dirty concrete slabs, special paint can instantly provide an eye-catching focal point that looks like new. Old or rotting wood surfaces may be replaced with composite deck boards like Evergrain Composite Decking. This compression-molded product creates the look of wood without painting or staining. Add extra touches that warm the area. The addition of a wicker chair, a few potted plants and a new welcome mat can make a world of difference in boosting curb appeal.

Love the landscaping. Overgrown plants, messy mulch and low-hanging tree branches can kill curb appeal fast. Take a look at your home from the street and notice whether plants and flower beds need attention. Keep bushes and trees neatly trimmed, deadhead flowers and pull plants that are past season to increase curb appeal. Finally, add a fresh layer of mulch to cut down on weeds and provide a fresh look.

Revamp the roof. If a dingy old roof is killing your curb appeal, a style and color upgrade can breathe new life into your home’s facade. The first step is to evaluate roofing options for style consistency with your home’s existing siding. For a traditional look, try a shingle with colors and tones that mimic what’s found in nature, such as TAMKO’s Heritage line. Some styles are manufactured to resemble wood shake for a classic upscale look at a lower cost. (BPT)

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Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315