What Does Your Curb Appeal Say About Your Home?
When most people think of curb appeal, they take that to mean landscaping. I would argue that while landscaping is certainly important, it is not the be all and end all. First of all, by the time your guests have reached your door they have forgotten about your plantings. How does the actual front of your home look? Do you have shutters? When was the last time they were scraped and painted? Keep your window frames in good shape as well as the door frame and the front door itself. Keep your front entrance clean at all times. Sweep away leaves and debris to be sure your curb appeal is up to par. The front door should be washed to remove fingerprints and smudges. If there is glass in the storm door or small windows framing your door, be sure they sparkle. Use a broom to knock down cobwebs.
Combine Curb Appeal With a Craft Project for the Kids
The local schools let out this week so your kids will soon be wanting something to do. With the temperatures nearing 100º they will want to stay inside a lot of the time. Make a quick trip to the dollar store or a craft store and pick up a few wreaths. These can be styrofoam, straw or maybe even branches from the yard formed into a wreath with wire. Set the kids to brightening up the front of your home with a colorful, imaginative wreath. Choose silk flowers, colorful shapes, construction paper etc. They will also need a stapler, wire, a glue stick and, with your guidance, a hot glue gun.
Let the kids help you hang their handiwork on the front door to complete your curb appeal project.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June of 2015 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehansiveness.