Creating Curb Appeal: Summer '16 Style
Want to have the most inviting home in the neighborhood? It's really not that difficult to amp up the wow in your home's exterior, and no time is better than the present to get started!Posted — Updated
Want to have the most inviting home in the neighborhood? It’s really not that difficult to amp up the wow in your home’s exterior, and no time is better than the present to get started! Here are a few tips on adding value and lasting character to your home while welcoming family, friends, and potential buyers.
Scrutinize your home from the street
What’s your home’s best feature? What’s its worst? How can you play up the best feature and minimize the worst? What are your budget and your time frame for making improvements? Brainstorm a bit on these questions to start putting together a curb appeal plan that’s best for you.
Freshen up exterior colors
Let your entry make a statement
Although porches with columns and seating continue to ride the wave of popularity, especially in Craftsman-style homes, small porches and covered entries can deliver impact in combination with a tasteful front door and the inclusion of a small personalized item such as a wreath or a plant stand. Front doors with windows or overhead/flanking transoms are well-liked in that they bring light into foyers; however, without going to the expense of purchasing a new front door, the use of a striking accent color and new hardware on the front door can create a dramatic and appealing entry. The addition of customized house numbers and container plants can tailor an entry even more, creating ambiance, interest, and an invitation to step inside and visit.
Enliven your landscaping
Shed a little light on the subject
A new exterior light fixture is an inexpensive way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Beyond that, including lighting by your driveway, sidewalk, and/or landscaping is a simple approach to add evening panache to your home. Even just making sure your interior lights are visible through your front door and windows add interest. Remember taking that critical view of your home from the street? Do it at night as well as in daylight; oftentimes it’s very simple things that make a huge difference!
Take a look at your competition
Triangle-area developers, builders, and marketing/design professionals take great strides in making sure new homes add positively to a neighborhood’s visual appeal. From carefully coordinating home plans that enhance topography to providing architectural covenants and landscape guidelines, these industry experts know what it takes to make curb appeal last long after new home sales contracts are signed. “Our collection offers a variety of elevations and styles to create a unique streetscape,” says Shannon Robinson, Marketing Manager for Meritage Homes in Raleigh.
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