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How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget



How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget,

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget

How to Give Your Home Curb Appeal on a Budget

The exterior of your home and yard is the first thing people see, and first impressions are not easily forgotten. Fortunately, creating curb appeal can be both rewarding, and inexpensive if you plan ahead. Here are a few simple tips that will give people a welcoming and memorable impression.
Clean It Up
The best way to improve the look of your house is to clean it. A great place to start is by pressure washing not only your house but your deck, driveway, and walkways, too. If you don’t own a pressure washer and are not interested in buying one, you can rent one from a home improvement store or rental facility. After you have pressure washed the house, be sure to wash the outside of the windows. Dirty windows can be seen from the outside too. Two things to remember while pressure washing: always wear safety glasses and never directly spray your body or anyone else’s.
Replace It
Now that you have cleaned everything up, take a look around. Does your garage door have a big dent in it? Is it the wrong color? Replacing and updating a garage door can completely change the look of your house. A few other things that need to be periodically replaced are door knobs, house numbers, light fixtures, and mailboxes. These should be replaced when they start to show signs of wear or if you just want to give your house an updated look.
Paint It
Painting is a very inexpensive way to update the exterior of your home. This can be something as dramatic as painting the whole house or as simple as doing a little touch up on the front door. The front door is the first thing people see when entering your home. It should stand out from the rest of the house and be welcoming. You should also inspect the shutters, sheds, and gutters for peeling paint and rust, and repaint them if necessary.
Maintain Your Yard
This one is very simple–mow the lawn, keep it fertilized, and get the weeds out. When mowing the lawn, it is best to rotate the direction in which you mow–one week mow diagonal, the next horizontal. This will keep the grass standing straight up.
Add Plants and Flowers
Adding plants and flowers to your yard can give your house instant curb appeal. Flowers lining a walkway or around a mailbox are very inviting to house guests. Trees and shrubs not only give your yard a little color, but they can give you protection from the wind and privacy. Although most shrubs and trees require minimal upkeep, you will have to trim them every couple of years. If you want to add flowers but are not sure if you have time to tend a garden, there are other options available. You could install window boxes, hang baskets of flowers, or you can have a container garden. All of these options will give your house instant appeal with very little effort.
Furniture Check
If you already have outdoor furniture, it should inspected for chipping paint or rust, and repainted if necessary. Buying new cushions can give old furniture new life, too. If you don’t own any outdoor furniture, see if have room for a small bench or chair near the porch or add a nice hammock under a shade tree.
Most of these projects can be completed in a couple of weekends and will not only add curb appeal, but also increase the value of your home.
Bailey Harris writes about home insurance quotes and related topics for www.homeinsurance.org.

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