Monday, 4 June 2012

Curb appeal 101

First impressions are important, and that also applies to your home. At a recent consultation, the owners of a 1919 brick house wanted to improve the appearance of their home. Here are some of the curb appeal essentials I shared with them:

1) Unify with colours. Make sure your exterior colour scheme doesn't include too many colours. This is especially true if your home has had additions throughout the years.

2) Plant a tree. Whether its a low, flowering bush or a tree with lush, heavy greenery, this is a fool-proof way to enhance your home's curb appeal. Try planting the tree close to one of the front corners of the house.

3) Have fun with the front door. There shouldn't be any doubt about where the main entrance is. Paint the front door a bold, welcoming colour that complements the rest of the house. Flank it with flower pots and make sure it is well lit.

4) Update your mailbox and house numbers. This is a relatively easy one!

5) Review surrounding flower beds. Is there a nice mix of textures, sizes and heights? Let the plants in your flower beds reflect the colour of the front door.

VoilĂ ! Your home will have made a 365 degree curb appeal turn!

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