(Don't) Curb your enthusiasm
For many homeowners, a home’s "curb appeal" is a source of pride. Certainly it is to me, although often the best I can usually hope for is to keep the lawn mowed, the dead plants removed from the flower bed, and the driveway reasonably well swept.
Sometimes, though, the situation calls for more. If, for example, you’re planning to put your house on the market. Obviously you want your home to be as attractive as possible to potential buyers. On the other hand, you don’t want to put too much cash behind the effort. So what do you do?
This being National Curb Appeal Month, I asked RECON subscribers who are in the business of selling houses to share their best tips for sprucing up a home’s front exterior quickly and inexpensively. All of the respondents agreed that a fresh coat of paint on the door and shutters, along with fresh plants and mulch in the flower beds, is the best way to make a strong first impression.
For the homeowner who wants to put just a little more effort and money into it, DIYNetwork.com also suggests:
- replacing your old mailbox, making sure you follow city regulations;
- putting up new house numbers if your old ones are faded;
- planting a tree, keeping in mind how big it will get and whether it will eventually encroach on your home;
- installing exterior lighting that fits the style of your home and makes your entryway safer; and
- adding flower boxes to your front windows, especially if your house lacks color.
Need more ideas? Looking for inspiration? Chances are you’ve seen HGTV’s program, ‘Curb Appeal.’ It’s been around for years. Their website
has galleries and videos to point you in the right direction.