Add to your curb appeal

— Jane Lockhart is a celebrity designer, author, television personality and appears as a regular guest on the Marilyn Denis show. For more information, visit

The exterior of your home can make a big difference to its value when it comes time to sell. It can even affect how other homes are perceived within your larger neighbourhood.

Curb appeal is definitely an important factor in visually increasing the appeal of a house when in a competitive selling market.

It’s obviously not the only thing a buyer looks for but it can affect a buyer’s first impression.

Here are some design ideas to consider when wanting to improve the visual value of your property which will hopefully translate into dollars when it’s time to put it on the market. At the very least, it will look great when you arrive home after a long day of work.

1. The garage door dilemma. If you have a large garage and it’s at the front of the house, do not emphasize it more. Its positioning already makes it strong. Paint it to blend into the substrate around it.

If you have orange bricks however, that does not mean orange paint. Try a neutral like Benjamin Moore’s Kingsport Gray, which will be closer to the mortar colour instead. This helps to blend the garage doors into the area and allows you to create architectural balance.

That said, improving the look of your garage doors in general could add a lot to a house too. Plain doors that were once only flat have morphed into ones with much…

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