Home Help: National Curb Appeal Month projects

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Tip of the Week

During National Curb Appeal Month in August, building product companies are urging homeowners to focus on improving their home’s exterior. And, when it comes to adding curb appeal to a home, color counts. Fifty-nine percent of homeowners place a lot of emphasis on the role that color plays when they think about replacing major exterior home features.

“To enhance curb appeal it’s all about creating top down color by working from the roof down through the different elements of the exterior such as siding, windows, trim and doors,” says Kate Smith, president of Sensational Color.

Replacing worn out exterior home features is a smart investment for homeowners. Many products added to the home have a high return-on-investment at the time of a home sale according to the 2014 Cost Versus Value Study conducted by Remodeling magazine. Adding energy-efficient vinyl windows as a mid-range project to a home can have a cost recoup value of 78.7 percent, while the addition of vinyl siding can have 78.2 percent recoup rate.

— Brandpoint

Home-Selling Tip

Brighten up

Before showing your house to sell, replace dim light bulbs with those of higher wattage. The extra light gives the appearance of greater room and a sense of openness.

Did You Know

Style matters

Sixty-one percent of homeowners say that when house hunting or designing their home, the most attention-grabbing exterior feature was the style of the home, according to a 2011 study conducted by Harris Interactive.

— Brandpoint

Decorating Tip

Update, don’t renovate

Cabinetry can be given new life at lower cost by simply replacing doors and/or knobs and handles, instead of completely replacing the full cabinets. The difference in appearance can be noticeable, and much less expensive than a full renovation.

Garden Guide


A natural treatment for getting rid of aphids is to use citrus peels to brew a strong tea. Once it cools, fill a spray bottle with the liquid and squirt on infested plants. The tea won’t harm plants, but it will burn aphids.