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Improve Your Property’s Curb Appeal with These 7 Tips

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Your property’s curb appeal should be more than just keeping your lawn mowed and leaves are removed. Curb appeal is important when you’re trying to sell your house because it’ll be the very first thing potential buyers will see when they pull up the driveway. You don’t want them to see a lackluster yard because they’ll probably think the interior of your home is equally lackluster. 

According to HomeLight’s Top Real Estate Agents, here are some tips that are a great place to start when you’re considering boosting your curb appeal as the summer gets nicer. 

1. Light fixtures

Light fixtures may not seem like a big deal, but you’d be surprised by how much new fixtures can improve the overall look of your home. The trick to choosing the right light fixtures is to use a style that compliments your home’s style but is also the right size. If you have two light fixtures on the front porch, the fixtures should be ¼ of the height of the door. If you have one light fixture, you can go with a larger fixture that’s about ⅓ of the door’s height.

2. Windows and doors

If you live in an older house, your windows and doors probably look old and dated. They probably aren’t very energy efficient either. By upgrading your windows and doors, you’re going to save on energy costs by opting for EnergyStar-approved products. If you live in an area with a lot of hurricanes or severe weather, such as the Fort Myers, FL area then your windows have additional requirements. Installing impact windows in Fort Myers or other similar areas is a great way to add storm protection to your home in addition to upgrading your home’s energy efficiency. Another option to provide your home with storm protection is to use exterior hurricane shutters. You can enhance the look of your home with aesthetically pleasing hurricane shutters.  Bahama Shutters, for instance are a popular type of hurricane shutters in Fort Myers

Should energy-efficient windows and doors be outside of your budget, for the time being, you can breathe new life into your windows and doors by painting them a new color or changing the door fixtures. You could put up window boxes under your windows or hang shutters to add visual interest and color. 

3. Paint

Painting your house is going to be a big project but it is going to be so worth it! You can turn your cookie-cutter white house into a stunner by giving it a fresh coat of paint. There’s a variety of options you could do. You could paint your home a dark color like navy blue or black and make a statement, or you could stick to more subdued colors like pale grey, off-white, buttercup yellow, or sky blue. 

4. Textures and materials

If your house looks like every other house on the block, it’ll be hard to stand out. You can change that by adding different elements to the exterior of the home. For example, if your home is all vinyl siding, you can use stone or brick to break it up by placing them on the bottom third of the exterior walls or giving your entryway that extra bit of pizazz. You can also use stained wood for porch beams or railing, make an accent fence, or create raised wooden flower beds. 

6. Professional landscaping

A professional landscaper is key to making your yard the envy of the neighborhood. Your lawn may be mowed and watered, but if there are brown patches or thinning areas due to shade, it’s not going to look that great. A pro knows how to bring your lawn back to life greener than ever. They can also build those wooden flower beds, suggest plants that thrive in your neck of the woods, and so much more. 

7. Driveway and walkways

Your yard could look amazing but if your walkways or driveway has cracks or is dangerous… Your curb appeal is going to suffer. You can improve or repair these areas by hiring a hardscaper to fix them up or to create a custom design using stone, brick, stamped cement, or a combination of the three. 

2021 is a booming seller’s market and if you’re hoping to sell your house and look for a new one, you’re going to want to take some steps to improve your curb appeal to get as many buyers interested as you can. There are many ways you can spruce up your property – these can be the starting point to something grand!

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