You only get one chance to make a first impression and that first statement for your home begins with your front door. Fortunately, there are a few simple projects to help welcome your family and friends into your home with style.
Start fresh with a new door: Sometimes the simplest answer is to begin with a clean slate and replace your front door. From single doors to double-door options, those accented with decorative glass or transoms and sidelights, itís easy to find one that fits your budget and your style. Donít forget to look for an Energy Star-qualified option to help keep your home comfortable.
Pick a standout color for your front door: Sticking with your current door? A fresh coat of paint will do wonders. Try a bold color to brighten a neutral color scheme. Pick a color that coordinates with your homeís exterior with a pop of contrast to add eye appeal.
Lay a new path: Flagstone, gravel or pavers ó any of these materials can be used to create a new, inviting walkway in a weekend or less.
Illuminate your walkway: Make it easy for others to see the way to your front door at night. Transform and illuminate walkways with easy-to-install solar lights. Stake them in the ground positioned so solar cells get enough southern exposure for sunlight to recharge during the day.
Create great container gardens: Landscaping should accent your home, not dominate it. Keep bushes below the bottom sill of your windows to improve your view. Keep plant material trimmed several feet away from your home. Fill decorative containers with plants that accent your homeís color scheme, front door and landscape design.
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Kitchen remodels can offer high ROI for sellers, but a full remodel may be outside your budget. If youíve already done the obvious, itís time to look for a few more cost-effective improvements that will appeal to buyers. Swapping old faucets and cabinet hardware with new designer options can enhance the appeal of a kitchen. You donít necessarily need to install top-of-the-line, high-priced appliances to make a good impression, either. Newer, Energy Star-qualified appliances represent savings for buyers down the road.
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Dressing up the heart of the home can be as simple as placing a bouquet of flowers or a decorative hand soap by your kitchen sink. One option is Softsoapís Fragrant Foaming Collection liquid hand soap in Kitchen Citrus Bliss. On the counters, keep clutter to a minimum and add a touch of color with a simple clear or wooden bowl filled with your favorite seasonal fruit.
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In-ground gardens allow you much more room for larger plants. Even if your plot isnít huge, it can accommodate plants that require more room, like watermelon and corn. In addition to staples for your table like greens, tomatoes and peppers, a garden plot allows you to incorporate a greater variety of veggies, like beans, peas and squash, in your garden plans.
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