Five Curb Appeal Tips

By Robert Robillard on Home Repairs And Remodeling

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Five Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home


With the abundance of homes currently on the market, the buyer is king. Though home sales can be tough in this environment, there are several ways to stay ahead of the game, and it has everything to do with first impressions.

Think about a home – not just the rooms inside or the furniture, but what visitors see as they walk up to the front door. Homeowners tend to let their personalities shine through décor, furniture, paint color and the overall vibe of the home, so why would it stop there?

Below are “Five Curb Appeal Tips” to instantly increase curb appeal, adding overall value to a home:

1. Give the house a fresh coat of paint. Whether in the existing color or a different hue, exterior paint can make a big difference in a home’s overall look, giving a cleaner, newer appearance.

2. Take time to landscape. This could be as simple as pulling weeds and raking leaves, or as involved as replacing grass and planting new shrubs. Ideal plants for year-round beauty include Boxwood bushes, Azaleas, Knockout rose bushes and Juniper.  Consider adding some annual plants for added color.

3. Wash all windows and clean out gutters. Use caution when using a ladder – hire a professional for optimal safety – and get rid of the leaves and pine needles that make a house look messy and unkempt.

4. Pressure wash the driveway. Again, a professional can help out with this, and plenty of home supply stores provide rental services for the pressure washer machinery. It’s amazing what a thorough wash can do to a driveway, leaving it clean and bright.

5. Invest in a new entry door. According to a recent story by Forbes, homeowners who renovate their entry with a new fiberglass door can recoup 65% of their investment in addition to improving their curb appeal. This is also a great way to differentiate the home while reflecting the homeowner’s personal style and taste.

Masonite offers a variety of unique entry doors, like the one pictured here.

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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