By: Patrick Bryant & James Bryant

EASY STEPS TO CREATE CURB APPEAL

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Here are a few curb appeal tips that will help improve the sale Durham Region of your home:

1.  Lights that lead to your entryway welcome guests after dusk while also increasing their safety. Soft exterior lighting also makes your home appear more inviting and friendly, and it can emphasize landscaping and any other features you want to call out to anyone approaching your front door. Plus, the lights improve security by reducing dark spots near your house. Solar lights are perfect for sidewalks and paths since they don't require running electrical cable or the use of extension cords, don't use any electricity from the house, and are easy to install—you just stick them in the ground. They provide a pleasant ambiance that's not too bright. Most solar lights have a run time of at least 6 hours.


2.  Installing a border along the driveway gives it a crisp, elegant look. Edging materials such as bricks, pavers, and stone, or a combination of them, bring a boring asphalt slab to life with color, texture, and decorative designs. The edging can be level with the driveway or elevated to prevent people from driving onto your lawn. Installing edging is fairly straightforward. You'll need to remove a swatch of grass the width of your edging along both sides of the driveway. Then dig down the depth of your edging plus 2 inches. Add a level 2-inch sand base, then place the edging on top of the sand. Some masonry edging also requires you to sweep sand over the top to fill in the joints.


3. Flowers along the sidewalk, in front of the house, inside flower boxes, pouring out of hanging baskets, or even in berms and raised garden beds provide a giant boost to your curb appeal. Planting flowers is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to make a big impact. 
Get recommendations from your local nursery on what plants and flowers thrive in your area. Just because a neighborhood garden center sells particular plants doesn't mean they're a good fit for your region. Sticking with perennials will eliminate the need to buy and plant new flowers every year.

4.  Garage doors don't have to be drab or purely functional. Because they have such a commanding presence, upgrading to a garage door with a vibrant color or engaging design can dramatically improve the way your home looks.
The doors are available in wood, steel, or fiberglass in a wide range of styles and colors. You can even get window treatments in your garage door that match the windows in your house. If you have an old, dilapidated garage door, replacing it can also improve your energy efficiency—modern garage doors are better insulated. They're also stronger, which enhances home safety.

5.  Don't overlook the simple things that improve curb appeal, such as changing the outdated lock and handle on your front door, replacing rusty light fixtures, and installing decorative house numbers. These accents provide subtle enhancements that help to define the home's overall look. 
This doesn't have to be an all-or-nothing deal, either. If you're happy with your door hardware, leave it alone and concentrate on upgrading the porch light fixtures. Even something as simple as placing brushed-nickel address numbers on your siding adds a handsome point of interest.

6.  A fresh coat of paint can transform your front door and provide a more welcoming entryway into your house. Or consider replacing it altogether with one that adds some personality. There are myriad ranges of colors, styles, and options, including doors with decorative glass. Adding a storm door with a glass design can also improve the entrance and provide better energy efficiency. 
To paint the door, first remove it, lay it flat, and lightly sand it with fine-grit sandpaper. Foam rollers work great for painting doors since they minimize runs and lap marks, but you'll still need to use a brush to work paint into crevices.

7.  Installing a border along the driveway gives it a crisp, elegant look. Edging materials such as bricks, pavers, and stone, or a combination of them, bring a boring asphalt slab to life with color, texture, and decorative designs. The edging can be level with the driveway or elevated to prevent people from driving onto your lawn.Installing edging is fairly straightforward. You'll need to remove a swatch of grass the width of your edging along both sides of the driveway. Then dig down the depth of your edging plus 2 inches. Add a level 2-inch sand base, then place the edging on top of the sand. Some masonry edging also requires you to sweep sand over the top to fill in the joints.
If you are a first time home buyer looking to purchase in Whitby, Oshawa, Courtice, Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Courtice, or anywhere in Durham Region, contact Team Bryant today.  James Bryant and Patrick Bryant look forward to helping with all of your Durham Region Real Estate Needs.