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Green with Envy: Curb Appeal Hacks


There is truth to the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”—and the same philosophy applies to your home. Whether you are in the market to sell your house or are just looking for a spring refresh, taking some time to master your home’s curb appeal can go a long way toward increasing its overall appeal.

In fact, most real estate experts agree that some simple landscaping and cleaning can have a big impact on the perceived value of your home. And, even if you’re not selling, everyone loves when their house looks great!

These curb appeal tips—perfect for a Saturday afternoon DIY—are sure to increase the charm and appeal of your home.


  1. Refresh the Front Door
    If you haven’t paid much attention to your door lately, consider a fresh coat of paint. And don’t be afraid of a bright pop of color—just remember that the color should complement the overall feel and color scheme of your home’s existing exterior.
  2. Go Green
    Adding plants and flowers can be a great, easy way to add pops of color to the exterior of your home. Consider a variety of flowers in coordinating colors, or pick up ready-made arrangements for a quick fix. Window boxes are another easy way to add some color or greenery to the front of your home, and will instantly add appeal.
  3. Update Hardware
    Modern hardware—whether on your front door, garage, or mailbox—can help bring your home into the twenty-first century. Take a trip to the local hardware store and look for pieces that are clean and modern, just make sure all of the finishes match.
  4. Upgrade House Numbers
    Choose numbers in a modern font with a finish that matches your other exterior hardware (light fixtures, door knocker, etc.), keeping size in mind.
  5. Out with the Old
    Replacing or painting your old, worn-out mailbox can make a tremendous difference in your home’s curb appeal. Also, pay close attention to the base, and consider adding some flowers for a finishing touch.
  6. Deep Clean
    Don’t underestimate the importance of pressure washing your home’s siding, pathways, and decking. Windows and gutters should also be well maintained. This simple act of maintenance will not only keep your home cleaner, it will drastically improve the appearance.
  7. Create Symmetry
    Symmetry is not only visually appealing to the eyes, it is also one of the easiest and fastest ways to add instant curb appeal to your home. Take a step back and make sure any adornments to the front of your home, such as sconces and planters, are symmetrically balanced.

Follow these tips to instantly boost the value and appeal of your home. For more great ideas on curb appeal, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/spring.