Tips to get the Edge in Curb Appeal!

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Real Estate Agent with Pete Anderson Realty 200802165

I pulled this out of an article, and this helped me out a bit, so I figured I'd share it in case it helped someone else or they had their own comments to add!

Top Five Curb Appeal Tips

In addition to obvious touches like a new coat of paint or fixing cracks in the pavement, updating windows and doors is an ideal first step in boosting a home's image.

  Stay true to style:Upgrades should fit in with a home's architectural style. For example, JELD-WEN says  contemporary homes call for windows and doors with clean lines and simple profiles, while traditional homes such as Craftsmans or Colonials are better matched with windows and doors featuring appropriate divided lite designs.

Add details: Custom features are a great way to achieve one-of-a-kind looks that stand out. Adding a doorknocker, speakeasy, decorative glass or metal accents to an upgraded front door can give an Old World home a heightened level of charm to catch a buyer's eye. New house numbers and porch lights also provide a fresh look for entry areas.

Remember the garage:The most prominent exterior feature in many homes is the garage door, sothis upgrade goes a long way toward elevating curb appeal.

Dress the yard: Make sure the house is the first thing potential buyers see, not overgrown hedges or dead grass. Hire a gardener to spruce up the landscaping and add colorful touches like seasonal flowers, decorative rocks or bubbly water fountains. Shaping bushes and curving lawn borders can shake up a tired front yard.

Coordinate color: Color, when done right, sells. Doors and windows give homeowners ideal opportunities to infuse color into their curb appeal without having to paint.

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Hi Molly-

One of the points I would counter would be the emphasis on the garage. When I help people develop paint schemes for their homes I tell my clients to resist the urge to paint the garage doors the trim color of the house, I always say that the doors and their surrounding trim should be the body color...why? Because garage doors take up a large percentage of the facade on a house and the emphasis should always be on people and the entryway. People are always more important than cars, lawnmowers or the second beer refrigerator. :) I believe that the emphasis should be on the front entryway as it is unique to the house and is a welcome beacon to all who pass by. It should stand forward of the facade and draw people in. I've written an article on this very topic at http://www.exterior-house-paint-colors.com/curb-appeal.html

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Rodd

 

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Molly LeBlanc
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Thank you! That's an excellent point! I didn't think about it that way! Thanx for showing that! I liked your article!

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My pleasure!

Rodd

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