Curb appeal. It's the impression that your home gives when first viewed, usually from a car or "the curb". For homeowners who have their home on the market, that all important first reaction a potential buyer gets can be the difference between a successful sale or "price reduced".
How do you determine if your home has curb appeal? First, turn a critical eye to the exterior of your home. Is the paint peeling on your home? Is the siding or brick dirty or discolored? Are your porch and handrails in good condition? Is your entryway and sidewalk in good repair and welcoming?
If the answer to any of these questions is "no" or "I'm not sure" then you've got some work to do!
"It could be anything from scraping and sanding and painting and recaulking, which could be a considerable job. Uhh... down to sweeping the sidewalk. Uhh... planting some fresh flowers or even some potted plants."
First, let's take a look at your entryway area. Research has found that an enhanced entryway can add as much as 24-thousand dollars to a home's perceived value. How do you enhance your entryway? Paint your door. Add a brass kick plate or new, decorative hardware.
Trim out your entryway by adding a molding like this polyurethane pediment from Fypon over the door. Not only does it add a special touch to the door, but because it's made from urethane, it's weather resistant.
A well-maintained front porch can offer a friendly welcome to any home-- unless the railing and balustrades are in poor condition. Here's another area where no-maintenance, easy-to-install, urethane products can give any front porch a fresh face.
To give the approach to your home a different look, why not give your home a unique look? Instead of pouring a conventional concrete walk, a homeowner might opt for a more welcoming brick pathway, like this one made from clay pavers from Boral bricks. clay pavers come in a variety of colors and because they are clay, the colors never fade.
Pavers are also gaining in popularity for patios, driveways and parking areas. Plenty of design features and a demonstrated ability of pavers to ease storm water runoff is an added bonus.