Keeping Up With Next Door: How You Can Give Your Home Ultimate Curb Appeal

Forget keeping up with the Kardashians or any other celebrity, it’s all about what is going on next door and on your street. I don’t mean nosey into other people’s business, but the habit of keeping up with the people next door when it comes to your home is starting to creep up. It’s not a bad thing either when done with the best intentions. You see, keeping a property looking good on the exterior, and if everyone else follows suit, makes your street look like the perfect place to live. So, if anyone happens to be selling their home, it will help them out no end if the rest of the homes match and look the part. It could even increase the value somewhat. So whether you want to start a trend, or feel like you are letting your street down, here are some tips on how you can get the ultimate curb appeal. 



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Take care of those lawned areas

A well-kept lawn can really add to your curb appeal, but equally, an unkempt lawn can have the opposite effect. It is so important to ensure that you cut those lawned areas every time you have the opportunity to do so, otherwise before you know it your front garden can turn into a bit of a jungle. It’s also a good idea to give your lawn a bit of TLC. You could do this by trimming the edges of your flower beds if you have them or giving the grassed area a feed to add a bit of vitality and life to the health and color of it. 


Add some color to your front garden

Another factor to consider would be if you have anywhere where you could add a little bit of color to your garden. This might be looking at flower beds where you can add some flowers or plants or even some pots or hanging baskets at the side of the door. Another cute way to add some color is to look at window boxes that you attach to your home under the windows. Perfect if your home lends itself well to that country cottage style. Flowers are a lovely way to attract some attention to the front of your home. 


Focus on the front door

It may sound odd, but when was the last time you cleaned your front door? Or, at the very least, looked at, brushed the steps, and around the area? Your front door is the main entrance to your home and a focal point of the exterior and curb appeal. You could look at giving it a bit of a revamp by painting the door a different color or perhaps looking at replacing the door with something new and modern. 


Think about your garage doors, your windows, and your front door

Now you need to focus your attention on the front of your property and how it looks. Broken garage doors, unclean windows, and an unpleasing front door just won’t do. Thankfully, garage door repairs are an easy fix, and even cleaning the windows and taking care of your door are all easily fixed. You may have someone who does a window cleaning service in your area or take some time to do it yourself. It may seem like a back-breaking chore, but it could make a world of difference to your home. You could even consider replacing your front door with something new or striking, perhaps opting for a colored door. 


It doesn’t take long to brush away the debris

We’re at that point in time where leaves are on the floor, and there can be a bit of debris gathered around the front of your home and even on pathways and drives. However, in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take long to brush all those away and could make a huge difference to your curb appeal. 


What about the gutters?

I know clearing out the gutters could be a job saved for that yearly “to-do” list, but if you find that they are looking particularly overloaded or even causing drainage issues, then now is the time to get up there and give them a clearout. If you do not want to take on the job yourself, I am sure there will be a local service happy to resolve the problem for you. 

Finally, why not add a bit of color to the front of your home by planting some pretty flowers or adding a few pots around your front door? It could be a pretty addition to the frontage of your property.

Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.