As the saying goes, “you have only one chance to make a first impression.” This couldn’t apply more than to your home’s exterior—including your entryway, front yard, and sidewalk. Whether you plan on selling your home, or staying there awhile, here are ten ways to boost your curb appeal.

1. Repair, repaint, or replace your door.

Your front door gets a lot of action--from visiting guests, to door-scratching pets, to the beating sun. Take some time to look it over. Is it cracked, scratched, or faded? What about your trim? Is it rotting or cracked? Repairing, repainting, or replacing your front door can have a major boost on your curb appeal. Consider changing up your color. For inspiration, take a long Sunday drive and pay particular attention to the doors you pass along the way.

This fade-resistant faux boxwood wreath adds elegance to any home throughout the year. Source:

2. Dress it up.

Hang a traditional, elegant wreath made of faux greens and florals on your front door. Avoid any trendy or seasonal designs so you won’t have to change it throughout the year.

3. Add new house numbers.

House numbers not only make your home easier to find, they can add a little flair and style.


4. Light it up.

Clean, bright lights make an entryway safe and welcoming. Take a good look at your outdoor lighting fixtures. Clear any cobwebs or debris in and around them. If you’ve had them for awhile, or their finish is starting to look dull and worn, consider installing some new ones. For additional lighting, add some solar-powered walkway lights.

5. Clean your gutters.

Clean out your gutters, removing any debris, and scrub the outsides. Make sure they are not loose or dangling.

6. (Power) wash it.

A good power washing can remove years of mold growth and dirt and grime build up from your home’s siding. If you don’t own a power washer, either rent one from one of the big box hardware stores, or hire someone to do it for you.

7. Clear the way.

Keep your entryway clean and clear. Give your steps a good sweeping and add a new welcome mat. 

Long-time Cormack Site Supervisor Don Belcastro puts the finishing touches on a custom entryway.

8. Add some custom millwork.

Add some character and detail to your home with custom exterior millwork including:

  • Hand-carved Doors

  • Ornamental Trim

  • Window Boxes

  • Columns

  • Balusters

  • Custom Shutters

  • Decorative Gables

9. Fix it.

Take some time to walk around your home and note any needed repairs, including ripped screens, chipped or cracked siding, loose shingles, or foundation cracks. To make sure you’ve covered everything, consider scheduling a home maintenance assessment with the Cormack team.

10. Go green.

Obviously, a green lawn is a big part of maintaining your home’s curb appeal. Be sure to regularly water and cut your grass. Rake off fallen leaves or other debris, and pull any weeds.

Keeping up Your Curb Appeal

Your home is your largest investment. Whether you’re planning to put it on the market, or live there for awhile, it’s important to keep up your curb appeal (and protect its beauty and value) with ongoing maintenance and care.

Home Remodeling and Repair in NH’s Lakes Region, White Mountains, and Western ME

With over 40 years of experience, Cormack’s award-winning design and build team can help you with your home maintenance and repair needs. Contact us to discuss your repair project or schedule a home maintenance assessment. 

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