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COASTAL LIVING: Curb appeal improves home's first impression

Homeowners who want their homes to make strong first impressions must prioritize curb appeal. Homes with strong curb appeal sell well and can impart a welcoming feel to all visitors. Improving curb appeal need not be expensive, and the following are a handful of ways to improve the appearance of your home.

  • Install a bold-looking door in a vibrant color or one with a custom design. This helps the home stand out from other properties in the neighborhood.
  • Edge the driveway to create a distinct border between the driveway and the lawn or other landscaping features. This helps homes appear neat and well kept.
  • Use outdoor lighting to make a home more inviting.
  • Clean a home’s exterior to remove mildew or discolorations from the siding, driveway or patio.
  • Improve landscapes with fresh plants and seasonal color. Homeowners without the time to plant can consider container gardens, which don’t take much time to assemble but still add appeal to a home’s exterior.
  • Prune planting beds and add new mulch to restore color.
  • Add shutters and accent trim to a home’s exterior to improve on the beauty of the house.
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