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Simple Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

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Whether you want to create an inviting home exterior or ready your home for selling, here are six simple ways to boost the curb appeal of your manufactured home.

#1 Add a deck

Adding a deck not only expands your living space,  it adds depth and interest to your home’s exterior, which draws the eye and boost curb appeal. Another plus, a great deck can make your manufactured home look more like a site-built home and increase resale value.

#2 Invest in New Skirting

Mobile home skirting acts as a barrier between the outside world and the area beneath of your mobile home. It’s functional and it’s a deterrent to animals, snow, water and debris, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have curb appeal.

Depending on your time and budget and taste, there are many attractive types of skirting, from vinyl to faux stone and brick and cinder block, concrete and wood. Choose skirting that not only complements your homes exterior, but also works with your landscape. For instance, if you are going for a rustic country look to blend in with semi-desert surroundings, stone or wood may be a better choice than vinyl or concrete. Whether you install the skirting yourself or hire a professional, check with your community management and regional requirements before you make the purchase.

Slat wooden skirting is an attractive addition to this home, giving it a feeling of permanence while not restricting the air circulation that is an important consideration in skirting.

Slat wooden skirting is an attractive addition to this home, giving it a feeling of permanence while not restricting the air circulation that is an important consideration in skirting.

#3 Paint Your Home Exterior

You can do many things to improve your home’s curb appeal but if your exterior is dull, damaged or weathered, it tends to overshadow everything else.

“Your interior is about your personal color tastes,” says Tom Lee, Senior VP of Consumer Marketing for Behr, “but the exterior is really about durability. It’s about protecting the biggest investment you have.”

Before you begin, consult the experts about the right paint to use. Choose a paint that covers well, resists stains and that will stand up to weather. Next choose your colours. Start by looking at the landscape and hardscape surrounding your home. Are your sidewalks brick or stone? Is your lot heavily treed or open? Do you want your home to stand out or blend in with the landscape? Ideally, you want your home and your landscape to work in harmony, so, for example, the green home shown would be lost on a heavily treed property, but it works well with its setting near the road, surrounded by smaller shrubs.

Another tip? Look at other homes you admire and determine what is it about their colours that appeals to you.

A number of paint manufacturers, including Behr, offer have online information and tools to help you choose the  initial color, recommend matching/coordinating colours, and helps you experiment with colour combos on images of a home exterior so you can imagine the finished look.

In general, remember that light colors tend to make a house look a house look larger and inviting while darker colours make a house look bigger and more rooted.

The white trim against the sage-green of this home defines the home’s angles and gives it an overall crisp, clean look.

The white trim against the sage-green of this home defines the home’s angles and gives it an overall crisp, clean look.

#4 Add shutters and window boxes

Framing your windows with shutters and window boxes not only softens the exterior of your home and boosts curb appeal, it’s your chance to personalize your home. Buy off the shelf shutters designed for your home model — or create your own. Just ask for expert advice before installing them to avoid damaging your siding.

These faux wooden shutters with their rustic chevron pattern and complementary window box add personality and interest to the home exterior. The greenery softens the lines of manufactured homes.

These faux wooden shutters with their rustic chevron pattern and complementary window box add personality and interest to the home exterior. The greenery softens the lines of manufactured homes.

#5 Rethink the Front Door

You bought a great home, but does the entryway to your house have enough style and personality? One of the easiest ways to change this up is to replace your main entry door with a statement door. You can purchase a doors specifically designed for your manufactured home — or go custom, which is admittedly a pricier option, but one where you can absolutely define the right door for you.

If you don’t want to replace your door, consider painting. You can paint your front door to match your main colour or trim — or go bold and add an unexpected pop of colour to boost your home’s personality and curb appeal. Thinks warm red, or gleaming black, or denim blue. Just clean, sand, prime and paint.

Tip: Add a bit of bling with new door hardware.

This tempered art glass door with side windows adds an elegant touch of character to a manufactured home.

This tempered art glass door with side windows adds an elegant touch of character to a manufactured home.

#6 Landscape

A huge boost to the curb appeal of your manufactured home is landscaping, but what if you’ve never landscaped before? There are many easy ways to spruce up your landscape.

Beautiful borders of plants and flowers can hide the foundation and skirting and make your house feel more like a site-built home.

Beautiful borders of plants and flowers can hide the foundation and skirting and make your house feel more like a site-built home.

Here are a few simple landscaping and gardening ideas:

      Fill side yards with landscaping material, such as pea gravel or sand to give your yard a more polished look. Often dirt-filled side yards and empty beds can accumulate weeds, so if you don’t want to plant flowers there, gravel or sand is an easy option that doesn’t require constant watering or weeding. Border these areas logs, bricks or stones for a fresh look.

      Choose a focal point such as a tree or a bench or a sculpture to be the centre point of your yard’s design flow. If you don’t have one, consider planting a tree or putting a decorative item in an area you want to highlight.

      Plant a flower bed. Start with one — maybe around a tree, under a window or beside the home. Then experiment with what plants — like perennials or flowering shrubs. Choose ones will thrive best in your location. Native grasses and bushes are low maintenance and can be as lovely as flowers.

      Add fresh mulch to flower beds and garden areas. A bold, dark new mulch will protect your plants and prevent weed growth with the added benefit of a homogenous, clean look. Fresh mulch always gives your yard a more put-together look.

These ideas are will take your home from ho-hum to head turner — and  boost your home’s value.

Featured image courtesy of Jacobsen Homes.

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