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When it comes to house hunting, the old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover,” is almost never practiced or preached. The exterior of a house is the first impression that potential buyers, nosey neighbors or family and friends get of your home. So it's important to make sure all aspects of your curb appeal are in tip-top shape.

So what does the term “curb appeal” mean? Well, curb appeal is the attractiveness of the exterior of a house and its landscaping from the street. However, nowadays houses can be judged from anywhere at any time, so curb appeal can be extended to mean how well a house looks on a mobile device as well as from a sidewalk.

The aspects of a property that affect curb appeal are the exterior of the house and it’s landscape. So the two best methods to enhance your curb appeal is renovation and landscaping.

There are endless amounts of ways to spruce up the outside of your house and your front yard, but here are our top five renovation ideas to make your property more stunning.

Make a statement with your front door: Adding a splash of color to your house is never a bad idea and is a chance to refresh the look of your home. Having a bright, colorful front door is the perfect way to liven things up. To avoid the risk of making a mess, having uneven shades or unsightly streaks, we recommend having a custom door made and installed. If you’d rather go for a more elegant look, we suggest ordering a door with a large glass window.

Add a porch or balcony: Your home's curb appeal is not the only thing that would benefit from the addition of porch or balcony, you will too. A front porch is an easy place to turn into an entertainment spot by simply adding outdoor furniture, but make sure the pieces you choose don’t harm your curb appeal. If you want your house to have a more classic, southern feel, we recommend a white wraparound porch. If you have a great view from your master bedroom upstairs, then adding a balcony might be the way to go.

Plants, pots and patios: If your house already has a great exterior, then enhancing your landscape is the best way to improve your curb appeal. Making sure that your lawn is frequently mowed, trimmed and watered is the simplest way to ensure your front yard is appealing. However, adding trees, shrubs and flowers can add color and texture to your landscape. A garden full of bright flowers can bring to life your yard and give your house a more homey atmosphere. We recommend staggering the plants and flowers in an asymmetrical pattern to make the garden more dynamic.

If you already have a garden, a great way to spruce it up is by remulching. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can enclose your garden with a small, cute fence and gate. If you want to add a walkway to it or through your garden or want to keep it neater, adding a concrete edging system may be something to consider.

For houses with larger front yards, building a patio, surrounding it with flowers and adding a stone walkway will definitely take your curb appeal to the next level.

Beautiful shutters and bold trim: Just like front doors, shutters and trim can also be used to make a statement. Besides adding to curb appeal, shutters can provide protection, ventilation and lighting control to a house. If you want to avoid the cliche of wooden shutters, you can also order them in fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum and fiberglass. Trim is the material on the exterior of a house that edges the windows, doors and roof, and it also comes in many different materials, colors and patterns. Just let us know what you want, and we will be happy to do the hard work for you.

Upgrade your driveway: When renovating and upgrading houses, driveways are often forgotten, but they are an essential aspect of curb appeal. After a while, the concrete or asphalt of the driveway will start to crack and little weeds or grass pop up in them. The best way to fix this problem is by having the driveway completely redone, but if you are looking for a quicker solution, we can come fill in the cracks for you and kill those pesky weeds.

If your driveway is in good condition, then you can increase its attractiveness by lining it with light fixtures or flower beds. Besides looking pretty, the light fixtures can help guide you in the dark, ensuring that you won’t veer off course and ruin your beautiful lawn. They might even illuminate your house depending on their proximity.

Along with being essential when trying to sell a house, an excellent curb appeal can also be a source of pride for you, and your neighbors might even thank you for it. Whether you want to upgrade the exterior of your house or redo your landscape design, we can help you along every step of the way.

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