Guest post by Melinda Schnare, photo courtesy Schnare

Silver Spring homes are so unique. It is inspiring to see how we who live here uniquely landscape, paint, build out and add on. More and more of our subdivisions are developing into communities enjoyable to live in with enormous charm and appeal. These types of neighborhoods are sought after.

A house that has curb appeal and outside character adds value to a home. For those looking for homes to buy, it is a real draw.

Here are a few pointers if you’re inclined to take on some projects this spring:

  • Unless your home’s exterior is showing signs of bare wood or wood rot, you don’t have to spend the time or money painting the entire house. Instead, concentrate on the front door, trim, shutters and front porch railing. A fresh coat of paint that complements your home’s primary color will make a world of difference in the appearance of your property.
  • Create an inviting seating area on your front porch (if you have one) with a couple of rocking chairs or a simple bench. Consider adding weather-resistant pillows and flowers in brightly colored pots for an even homier touch.
  • Installing new house numbers will not only look good, they will make your home easy to find. Use materials that match the finish of your exterior light fixtures and make sure the numbers stand out.
  • Whether your mailbox is by the road or attached to your house, it can either add to or take away from your curb appeal, depending on how it looks. Mailboxes do not cost much and go a long way toward improving the look of your home.

With the cold winter weather we’ve been having, wrangling those overgrown shrubs may not have been a high priority. But, as the temperatures begin to rise, it’s time to trim those bushes back. Enjoy the look of your home without impediment.

Schnare is a real estate agent with Real Living at Home (RLAH)

Mike Diegel