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Increasing the curb appeal of your home can add to its market value, and it may make your neighbors happier as well. If you're looking to sell, you can speed the process up by making the property more attractive to potential buyers, and if you're planning on staying for the long run, you can take pride in your home's appearance. These are common problems you should correct or avoid. 

Brown Patches in the Grass

If your lawn is in sorry shape overall, start with a quality fertilizer designed for your region, and make sure to water as required. A well-kept lawn indicates an owner with pride. Once your lawn starts to look better, you may still notice brown patches. If you can easily pull up the sod in those patches, you may be infested with grubs or other pests. Check with your local lawn care or garden supply store for a way to control them.

Cracked or Defaced Pavement

If your asphalt driveway has developed cracks, you can repair them once you clean out the debris. Kill and pull any weeds coming up through the crevices, and then blow out the debris to get good adhesion for your crack filler. Fill the cracks and smooth or level the filler as necessary. Once that's dry, be sure to seal the pavement. Asphalt pavement needs to be sealed every 2 or 3 years to keep it looking good.

Your Front Door Isn't Welcoming

The front door of your home should be a welcoming smile. There are many recommendations for brightening your front entrance, including adding a new coat of paint to the door and an updated set of hardware. However, you can really make it pop with custom glass and classic molding for elegance and refinement. Quality molding for an outdoor application can be purchased in a variety of materials. If the molding you want is available in soft wood such as pine, take the time to coat it with an exterior grade of paint to keep it looking great and weathering the elements.

You Forgot the Windows

You can add greatly to the personality of your house with upgraded windows and shutters. No matter how old your house is, you can personalize it with these additions. Before you start adding shutters, make sure that your windows are in good shape and don't need updating or replacement.

A critical factor in updating the curb appeal of your home is making the exterior as easy to maintain as possible. This will benefit you while you live there, and if you make things convenient for the new owners, you can probably speed up a sale.


Moving to a new home is one of the greatest experiences of your life as it represents a fresh beginning for yourself and your family. If you are moving into your first home, it presents you with an opportunity to put roots down in a community. Regardless of whether this is your first, second, or third home, you have to consider what you will keep during the moving process.

How Long Will You Live There?

If you are planning on living in your home for a long time, it may be a good idea to invest in items that will last for as many years as possible. For instance, it may be worthwhile to leave your old couch behind in favor of a new sectional. It could also be worth your while to buy a new kitchen set or riding lawn mower to make yard care easier.

Of course, if you are only staying for a short while, it may not make sense to spend money on items that might not fit in your next place. This may be especially true when new furniture can make your move more expensive.

How Hard Will it Be to Move?

Some things just aren't feasible to move. For instance, a television that weighs 200 pounds may be better suited for the curb instead of your new home. Appliances such as a washer, dryer, or refrigerator may also be better left in your old place instead of hauled to your new home. How hard something is to move increases the cost (and increases the tip, too). Therefore, keeping larger items where they are could make a move less expensive, which could leave more money to invest in new items.

How Large is the Home?

In some cases, bringing that old mattress or couch can be an ideal way to furnish a guest room or office space. If you have a favorite chair or recliner that only like to sit in, you can enjoy it in your basement man cave or in your sewing room without bothering anyone else in the house. That being said, if your home is too small, getting rid of large or cumbersome furniture can free up a lot of space in your new home and you won’t have to move it.

It may seem tempting to bring as little as possible with you to your new home. Although that would make the moving process easier, it could mean leaving behind items that you want or need in your new home. Prior to moving, be sure to spend time developing a moving plan that meets your needs and your budget.

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Florida Design Magazine

D. DePerro Design, Tuthill Architecture and W.A. Bentz Construction tackled the task of turning a large contemporary dwelling in Fort Lauderdale, Florida into a luxurious home with warm touches. Read the article.