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Landscaping projects in the U.S. have become popular, as families want to improve their home’s exterior. One of the reasons why your home’s curb appeal is important is because it should be in harmony with the rest of the neighborhood. This is why 67% of these projects involve single-family residential homes.

There are many easy maintenance jobs, like cleaning the decks and driveway and keeping the front yard nicely cut, that will make your house look fresh. However, adding decorations and furniture and making some changes can boost your home’s curb appeal. Look to the following tips as you navigate your exterior home improvement checklist this summer.

Roofing Appeal

The roof is the biggest and most important part of your home’s curb appeal. It’s recommended that homeowners get their roofs checked every three to five years, so why not take that as an opportunity to make it look more appealing to the eye? Hire a reputable roofing company in your area to inspect and fix up your roof so it looks pleasing to the eye.

The Front Door and Decorations

Paint the front door a bright color to make it look more welcoming and to make it stand out against the rest of the facade. Make sure to prep all the surfaces; that way, the results will last a long time. Also, replace the door handle with a new one to make your door look more elegant.

As for decorations, you can add wreaths to your front door. Wreaths are an affordable decoration that you can change as the seasons go. They are unique pieces that help the entrance stand out against the house facade, and they are a welcoming garnish, which will help keep the dirt outside.

The Front Porch

To offer some privacy on the front porch, add some curtains. They will make the front porch look like an extension of the interior and give off warm and welcoming vibes.

Nowadays, kids spend their days looking at a screen or playing video games in their rooms. According to statistics, as of May 2020, there have been over 200 million copies of Minecraft sold. Help your kids take a break from video games by creating an alcove where your family can hang out. Add a porch swing and a couple of chairs with colorful cushions to make the space feel cozier. The furniture doesn’t have to be expensive. You could find cheap yet unique pieces at antique or second-hand stores.

Exterior Lighting

Hang a few lights on the front porch to give it a warm feeling in the evening. High fixtures can be found at affordable prices. You can also add some lights around the front yard and the driveway that will not only look aesthetically pleasing but will also give a sense of safety to new visitors.

Flora

If there is enough space in the front yard, plant a tree on each side of the yard to frame the house. Always be careful about the size of the tree and how much it will grow; you don’t want branches to fall on top of structures or people. Additionally, potted plants are a nice touch to the front porch. They will give it a livelier look and will give it more depth.

Flower boxes are also a nice addition. Flowers will bring a lovely smell to the front porch and give the space a touch of color. You can hang the boxes under the front windows or on the porch railings. Flower boxes are not expensive, and you can also build them yourself if you prefer.

The Mailbox and Your House Number

Renovate the mailbox and your house number so they are in harmony with the rest of the outdoor design. Mailboxes usually cost between $20 and $40. If you place a mailbox at the end of the road, make sure to follow city regulations.

House numbers should be nicely written and visible from the road. They cost around $2 per number. However, if you prefer getting a personalized plaque, you will have to spend between $50 and $100.

Consider these tips as you look into improving your house’s curb appeal this summer. Get your family involved in the project, too!