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Put Your Home's Best Face Forward with Spring Curb Appeal Projects

Put Your Home's Best Face Forward with Spring Curb Appeal Projects

With spring in full swing, it is time to do some serious thinking about putting your home’s best face forward and increasing your curb appeal for the outdoor season. Whether you’re planning to list your home on the real estate market this spring or you’re just ready to freshen up your home’s long-time look, there are several ways to enhance curb appeal without incurring a huge bill.

Start with the Basics. Before you even consider calling in professionals to make your home look more polished, there are several good housekeeping or spring cleaning tasks that you can complete yourself to make your home shine this spring.

Without a doubt, winter weather can do a good bit of damage to your home’s façade. So, start there. If you haven’t done so already, clean out your gutters and check your roof for any signs of winter weather destruction. You may not be able to fix issues like blown off shingles or tar paper by yourself, but you certainly can identify potential problems.

If the spring cleaning tasks inside of your home are complete, you may have already given your windows a deep clean for the spring. If not, it is time to wash them inside and out. Say goodbye to dirt and water spots and hello to the sights and smells of spring that you’ll be able to enjoy out of those pristinely-cleaned windows!

Next, look to your driveway, sidewalks and siding. Give them each a good spray down and look for any cracks or other damage that old Jack Frost has left behind. You may need to patch or seal certain areas to prevent additional damage. Resealing your entire driveway will also help to bump up your curb appeal.

Finally, DIYers, mowing season is upon us. So, now is the time to spruce up those yards. Again, you may not have to call in a professional lawn service for this task, but it will take some time and effort on your part. Achieve that green-lawn look you’ve been craving by remembering to mow and weed regularly. If the grass still looks greener on the other side or down the street, you can instantly “green up” your lawn with some lawn spray paint. Spring is also the perfect time to get your pruning done; so, give those trees and shrubs some extra love early this year.

Make Simple Changes to See Big Results. If you’ve already completed annual spring cleaning and maintenance tasks outside of your home, you can help to enhance spring curb appeal with a few small, relatively-inexpensive projects.

When it comes to curb appeal, it is absolutely what’s up front that counts. Is your front door looking a little drab? Give it a major pop of color by repainting it a bright shade that will complement your current siding or shutters. If you’re feeling really adventurous, repaint your shutters or, yes, even your siding. You may not even recognize your old home when you’re finished!

There also are a wide variety of decorative house numbers that can add a personal touch to your outdoor home décor. Retailers from Lowe’s to Etsy have endless options that are certain to dress up the exterior of your home. If you’re planning to sell this spring, new house numbers will make it easier for buyers to find you, too!

Finally, give your front door or front porch that completely-transformed look by adding freshly potted flowers or plants, a bright new, seasonal wreath or a spring-inspired welcome mat. If you’re not interested in purchasing a new wreath or welcome mat, you can add a few sprigs of spring flowers to your current wreath and give your welcome mat a good cleaning to spruce it up.

Speaking of flowers and curb appeal, now may be the time to add that flower garden you’ve been talking about for the last few years. Planting some annual flowers and adding mulch or stone can give the front of your home that finished look that you desire. Plus, once you take the initial step and create the garden, you’ll only be looking at annual pruning, weeding and watering to keep it well-maintained.

If you are looking for a bigger-budget curb appeal project this spring, adding a front yard fence may be just what your home needs. Often times, front yard fences are added for decorative reasons only and they certainly can add that “finished touch.” It may not be a DIY project, but if you’ve saved up some cash, it may be just what you and your home are craving for spring curb appeal!