Whether you are thinking about selling your home this summer, or simply want to be one of the best kept houses on the block, curb appeal will speak highly to show off a well maintained home.
While there are many things you can do, few can have as dramatic an effect as a coat of paint. Not only does paint protect your home’s materials, it can instantly give you a fresh appearance that adds value too.
If the exterior is in bad shape and hasn’t been painted in a while, any home improvement project will make a drastic difference. But there is a difference between looking better and a house that looks great.
For most homes, starting with a great base is what ensures a great final look. Its not as easy as picking up a bucket of paint and painting the entire house in one color. Time and care should be put into prepping the home to make sure the paint adheres and looks good. It should also be placed on choosing the right color palate to use and make the home blend into the neighborhood.
Color is important; no one wants to have the home that everyone knows – the bright orange house up on Main Street, for instance. If you haven’t thought about home color in a while, one of the easiest ways to start is to drive or walk around your own neighborhood. What colors jump out at you? What do you like best? Look at all factors of color, including the body and the trim.
Next look at the parts of your home you can’t change. Brick or stone is a permanent part of your home that sets the tone for your overall color scheme. Gray toned brick or stone should have color choices with gray undertones. Brown toned brick or stone should stick with the natural colors such as beige and browns.
If you have trouble selecting a color, a professional painter has experience in selecting colors for homes throughout the Denver area. He can make suggestions and show you how to choose colors that will create a pleasing visual affect on your property.
Before you paint, step back and look at the landscaping. Are there bushes or trees that encroach on your home? Cutting them back or taking them out now can allow for a wide open look and feel, and not cause problems to a fresh coat of paint. It can also help you choose what plants to take out to improve the look of your home, and give you ideas of where to buy and plant new landscaping to add more color and depth to your home.
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Remember, curb appeal is a work in progress. By starting with the largest part – a fresh coat of paint – you’ll improve your look instantaneously.