The way your home looks is highly important for both resale value, as well as a point of pride. According to Than Merrill with Fortune Builders, great curb appeal can increase the value of a home by as much as 20 percent! Fall is a wonderful time to spruce things up and give your home's exterior a little extra attention. With the changing colors of the leaves, fall is an absolutely beautiful season. Here are some suggestions for how you can make your house stand out as something truly special this fall without having to spend a lot of money.
Keep Your Lawn Looking Sharp
This might just be the most important part of good fall curb appeal. The colorful leaves are beautiful when they are on the tree, but less beautiful when they are on the lawn. Keeping the lawn maintained with raked leaves allows the pop of color from the trees to stand out from the neutral color of the lawn. This is a good time to make sure bushes are trimmed and weeds are pulled. All of the landscaping should be manicured for a clean look before the winter months.
Great Exterior Lighting
As it begins to get dark earlier, more people are likely to see your house in the evening. More exterior lighting is important to make sure there are no large areas of darkness. Patches of light are not a good idea either. Beth Rucker with HGTV writes about how adjustable lighting can allow for different effects that you may want in different seasons. Plan your lighting locations, including walkways for that extra pop to improve your curb appeal for the fall.
Decorate the Front Porch
The front porch area needs to have a planned look that is warm and inviting. You may consider a wreath or door decoration specifically for fall to change things up for the season. When you plan a little extra on the porch area, it gives the house a more finished appearance. It also shows that you have put some effort into your care of the property. Be careful with seasonal decoration though because too much of a good thing can have a negative impact.
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