Ramp Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Is the landscaping and exterior of your home beginning to look a bit tired and worn? If you’re ready to transform the curb appeal of your property simply for your own enjoyment or are about to put your house on the market for sale, follow these recommendations from the real estate professionals to ramp up your home’s curb appeal. With a few trips to your local home improvement store and a lot of elbow grease, you can make a huge transformation in a few short weekends.

Step across the street from you home and take a critical look. Make a list of items that need repairing or updating. Begin by bringing your landscaping up to date. Trim all the shrubbery to below the height of the windows and away from the walkways and driveway to allow light to shine into your home and ease of entry access. Trim tree branches to eight feet above the ground. Retrench beds around shrubs and apply fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Plant colorful seasonal bedding flowers around the mail box or adjacent to the front porch for a friendly and welcoming touch.

Address any deferred maintenance issues on the gutters, shutters and screen or storm doors. Select a fresh paint color for the front door and shutters that compliments the existing house color. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and take advantage of the great selection of home improvement items available at Sams Club. This is a great opportunity to replace your house numbers, mailbox and front porch lighting for a more up to date look. Add a large planter of fresh bedding flowers to the front porch.

Finally, power-wash the driveway and sidewalks as needed. If you have fencing around your property, make any necessary repairs and apply a fresh coat of paint. Step back and admire the transformation of your home. After just a few short weekends and a limited investment, you’ve succeeded in ramping up your home’s curb appeal. You’ve also increased the value of your property in the process!

Anum Yoon is the founder and editor of Current on Currency. She loves all things personal finance, which is why you'll find her work all over the PF blogosphere.

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