National Curb Appeal Month Checklist for Homeowners

Looking for a way to increase the value of your home? Whether you want to enhance your home’s beauty for your long-term enjoyment or boost the value of your home to put it on the market, it’s important to keep curb appeal top of mind.

That’s because first impressions count. Indeed, curb appeal accounts for up to 7 percent of home value, according to research conducted at the University of Texas at Arlington.

It’s also the first thing people see when they visit your home, whether those folks are prospective home buyers or friends and family.

During National Curb Appeal Month in August, let this checklist be your guide to beautifying your home’s exterior.

1. Raise the Roof


Work your way from top to bottom of your house, taking into consideration that the roof is one of the most prominent features of your home exterior.

If it’s time to replace your roof, be sure you’re investing in a product that’s impact- and fire-resistant, as well as resistant to fading, rotting, cracks and insects.

The good news is that you don’t need to compromise beauty to get this level of long-term durability.

To capture the authentic look of real cedar shake while getting the high-performance benefits of composite materials, consider upgrading with the Select Shake composite tiles from DaVinci Roofscapes, which come in 11 color blends for a finished multi-width look. The brand also offers a Lifetime Limited Warranty, giving you peace of mind.

2. Beautify your Entry Door


Upgrading your entry door handle is like icing on a cake: it adds a special finishing touch to your home and makes a great first impression.

Step up your style with Delaney Hardware’s premium Bravura designer collection. Made of solid forged brass, the pieces in this line provide timeless sophistication and craftsmanship that can’t be duplicated.

Available in a variety of styles, from an elegant farmhouse design to a sleek modern handle set, you can customize your hardware with one of several finishes: aged bronze, aged pewter, oil rubbed bronze, polished chrome, satin brass, or satin nickel.

3. Create a Perfect Pathway


Are your front walkway and steps riddled with hairline cracks and minor flaws, or are they simply drab? Revitalize them completely with a real stone coating.

The Terrazzo line from Daich Coatings offers the beauty of real granite in six colors and can be applied to concrete, masonry, linoleum, vinyl and tile surfaces.

Tested for water, salt, chemical, impact and abrasion resistance, this long-lasting stone coating is easy to apply, easy to clean and works in any environment.

Though it creates a surface that’s naturally slip-resistant, it’s a good idea to apply TracSafe Anti-Slip Sealer on top for added safety in both wet and dry conditions.

4. Stock your Tool Shed Wisely


Stepping up your curb appeal is simple when you have the right tools on hand. Battery-powered outdoor products enable you to tackle all your routine chores quickly and easily.

For tasks ranging from mowing the lawn and trimming bushes to blowing leaves, consider stocking your toolshed with RYOBI Outdoor Products. The 40-volt lineup includes 50 cordless outdoor products that share the same battery.

Since they’re battery-powered, the products are quieter and require no mixing of gas and oil, no maintenance, and no-hassle starting, delivering maximum cordless convenience.

Further Reading


  1. I have clusters of over 300 potted plants here & there as well as around my foundation. I use large pc of cut wood which is not split and some sections of old walls as fencing & even some large artificial plants in my arrangements. I also have about half a dozen P. gardens, which include ornamentals bushes that flower, small trees, tubers, bulbs etc in each garden space. I have a hedge along the front of the lawn in just the center yard. I mow and hand weed all three of my large wide ditches along the hwy infront of my properties.
    Now I want to remove all the potted plants from around my foundation to another property, which this time will be planted. (I had started them all from cuttings, have repotted them many times, always into larger pots.) So, around my house i would like curb appeal (new door & front porch last summer) but not any plants which mice & moles will keep hiding & borrowing in, like they did behind, under, in-between the pots. I hand dug the high center off my very long U shaped gravel driveway 3 yrs ago & put it all around the foundation, tamped down hard, covered with Tyvec then mulch, then all the big pots. Still see signs of rodents going to & from all winter long, even some deep holes despite deep frost in NE Canada. What can I plant? Just micro clover or grass?


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