Tuesday, May 31, 2011
With Memorial Day, comes warmer weather and longer days perfect for sprucing up our homes’ exteriors. Improving the look of your home can be easy and budget friendly. As many home improvement television programs point out, starting with the front of your home can produce big dividends.
The entry to your home includes the lawn, concrete walks or driveways, landscaping, and the front porch and door. Even updating your mailbox can make a difference. A front yard with bare spots or that’s overrun with weeds suggests that the homeowner has neglected home maintenance. Take a weekend or two to shape up your yard. The easiest thing to do is to keep your grass mowed and edges trimmed. Then attack those weeds. Prune any shrubs, and consider adding a touch of color with flowers. Add fresh mulch to your flower beds.
Be sure any concrete areas are level and cracks are sealed. Then consider pressure washing to remove dirt, mold, mildew and cobwebs on your home’s siding or in the entryway. Clean your windows inside and out. Check the gutters. Fix anything that’s broken.
Your door is especially important, and it could benefit from a fresh coat of paint in a coordinating color. Replace your old welcome mat and add a few flower containers. Door hardware is often the most underappreciated items in the home; in addition to providing security, it can make a bold design statement. Schlage offers a great selection of door handlesets, door knobs, door levers, kick plates, doorbells or knockers, peepholes, and house numbers. Our precision-engineered, easy to install, front entry handlesets come in many finishes and styles to match your home’s appearance. In addition to style, buyers notice well-made door hardware immediately. Schlage door hardware offers quality and style.
Enhancing your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to be a major effort or expenditure. Try to look at your home with objective eyes, or have a friend point out areas that could be improved. You’ll be surprised what a few quick and inexpensive upgrades can do.