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Article Teaser: Catherine Wilson, an Interior Designer, in Atlanta, Georgia, recognizes how much simple exteriors changes can enhance curb appeal. Enhancements such as a new front door, a new mail box, adding or updating shutters, new light fixtures, changing landscaping and adding window boxes or garden containers can create an allure that makes a house become a home.

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Enhance Your Curb Appeal And Increase Your Property Value

Copyright (c) 2006-2017

Catherine Wilson, an Interior Designer, in Atlanta, Georgia, recognizes how much simple exteriors changes can enhance curb appeal. Adding those "dress maker details"...the "accoutrements" ...the "bells and whistles" sets a person's home apart from another.

Enhancements such as a new front door, a new mail box, adding or updating shutters, new light fixtures, changing landscaping and adding window boxes or garden containers can create an allure that makes a house become a home.

A new front door or shutters or lighting can make a dramatic difference. Changing a solid, raised panel entry door to a beveled 9 light door or changing traditional louvered shutters to a board and batten style with functional hardware, to changing an old, tired light fixture for an antique reproduction and maybe even switching to a gas flame can make a spectacular difference. For the homeowner willing to make more significant changes adding a portico or dormers or gables as part of a second story addition can transform a mundane home into a stunning one. The dormers could also be added simply for looks to create the illusion of a second story. Dormers perched on a roof can often add more character and balance to a front façade. Another change comes by adding an additional texture to the exterior, particularly to the front, of a home, such as stone, stucco or cedar shake. Multiple textures, done properly, provide a more expensive looking 'old world' feel.

Another approach to enhancing curb appeal involves the landscape, whether it is in containers or in the yard. Updating the shrubbery, creating a brand new landscape plan, adding containers or window boxes can brighten up the exterior of any residence.

In fact, window boxes and planters are a relatively inexpensive way to increase your curb appeal. Add one or several to the front of your home. Fill them with a soil mixture made for containers, the appropriate perennials and annuals, water and enjoy. Watering can is done simply by attaching to a drip line. Drip lines can be connected to an existing irrigation system or for around a couple hundred dollars or less you can purchase a timer, Y connector, pressure reducer and connect to your outside water faucet. If you establish a drip line, the time it takes to maintain the window box is minimal. Typically, at a minimum, a window box or planter only needs to be changed two times per year. Furthermore, you rarely, if ever, have to deal with weeds. Window boxes and planters are scattered all over Europe but are not as prolific here in the United States.

These changes can make a dramatic impact on a house! In fact, some studies suggest that enhancing a home's curb appeal is one of the smartest ways to spend money as it can increase your homes value up to as much as 25%. As it is commonly said "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." Making that first impression on the front of a home pays aesthetic as well as financial dividends.

If you are walking or riding through neighborhoods, it is immediately obvious which houses have that special touch. These houses cause passerby's to do a double take. These houses have that special allure. These houses capitalize on the attention to detail that gets noticed and makes a difference. More importantly, these are the houses that typically sell quickly.

It is also the same houses that will draw a greater price in the real estate market too! Many people desire their homes to have those special details; however, most people do not know have to achieve it. Many people are willing to pay for those special touches which effectively stand out.

In the real estate market, emotional bonds are formed with homes the minute someone pulls into the drive, walks up the side walk or strides through the front door.

Add a window box to your home, switch out that porch light, change your landscape, add a fresh coat of paint and realize instant curb appeal enhancements! With increased curb appeal comes increased property values and higher real estate returns at the point of sale.


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Article is written by Catherine Wilson, Interior Designer and owner of Mind Your Manors, Inc. makers of No Rot window boxes and planters. Visit http://www.windowboxesetc.com to learn more about Mind Your Manors, Inc. window boxes and planters.

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