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Improve the Exterior Appearance of Your Home

By Jim Carlson Subscribe to RSS | June 19th 2012 | Views:

If the outside of your home has fallen into disrepair, you can make improvements that are easy and inexpensive. For the resale value of your home, the exterior appearance is incredibly important. Some potential home buyers will not stop to look at a home whose exterior is worn out and unattractive.

Use landscaping to highlight specific areas of your home. Trim bushes, trees and shrubs to make sure your home is visible beyond these plants. If you have a front porch or steps that lead to the front door, use potted plants to increase the charm of your home. Use plants or stepping stones to enhance the walkway and plant some perennials so you can enjoy bright, colorful flowers.

Remove excess dirt, chipping paint, spider webs and debris by power washing the entire exterior of your home. You can rent a high powered pressure washer to give your house a clean appearance. These washers are available from your local hardware store and are relatively inexpensive. Remember to clean the entire exterior of your home, including your roof, deck and porches while you have the equipment.

Painting your front door can give your home a whole new look. Avoid painting your door a color that makes it blend into the rest of the home. Choose an attractive contrasting color for the best results. If you are unsure of a good color, compare your exterior paint color with the possible colors for your door with swatches. Some hardware stores organize their paint swatches so that coordinating colors are close to each other. You can also drive around your neighborhood to get ideas for paint colors.

Consider installing replacement windows. Not only will you increase the value of your home and improve it's appearance but you will also save a great deal of money on your heating and cooling bills.

Using solar lights is a great way to highlight pathways in your front and back yards. Solar lights are inexpensive, easy to install and do not require electricity. They soak up the sun all day and use the power from the sun to stay bright all night. Solar lighting is available in a wide variety of styles to enhance the appearance of any type of landscaping.

Loose roof tiles, gutter and trim make your home look old and in need of repair. You can easily replace or repair these problems yourself at a minimal cost. Make sure to match shingles and tiles exactly for a uniform look. Use high quality construction nails to repair loose trim and hanging gutters. You should also take the time to clean your gutters. Even though you cannot see what is inside your gutters, debris can be quite dangerous.

If you have not done much gardening lately, now is a great time to spruce up your flower beds. Use a small rake to remove weeds, add fertilizer and replant flowers and plants that no longer look healthy. Brighten up the flower bed with new mulch, rocks or wood chips.

Updating the exterior of your home is possible with a lot of hard work and a little bit of expense. From painting to gardening, you can make improvements by yourself. These improvements will increase the curb appeal of your home.

Jim Carlson - About Author:
Jim Carlson lives in North Carolina and writes articles on many home improvement topics. If you are considering replacement windows, visit

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