Quick-Fix Curb Appeal Projects Help Sell Homes

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During National Curb Appeal Month in August, experts at Fypon recommend investing just several hundred dollars and one weekend to create instant “curb appeal” for the home.

Homeowners consulting with realtors quickly discover that what’s inside the home doesn’t matter if you can’t get potential buyers to stop outside the front door. While some people may recommend spending thousands of dollars on the home exterior, experts at Fypon recommend investing just several hundred dollars and one weekend to create instant “curb appeal” for the home.

“Start with a critical eye and take care of basic problems,” says Niki Decker, senior manager of product and marketing for Fypon. “Trim hedges, plant colorful flowers and replace old mulch. Clean the exterior of the home and repaint areas if necessary, add a decorative flag out front, polish the hardware on the entry door and make sure the exterior lights are operating. These are basic ‘fast fix projects’ that can be tackled in one day.”

On day two of the weekend, Decker recommends adding focal accent pieces to key exterior areas to enhance the curb appeal. “Any homeowner with even modest do-it-yourself capabilities can install lightweight polyurethane decorative pieces around doors, windows and garages,” says Decker. “Whether adding shutters or replacing rotting window trim, easy-install projects can be done in less than a day. The results are eye-catching and can provide ‘stop in your tracks’ looks from potential buyers.”

Decker suggests the following curb appeal projects to create instant success:

Project #1 – Flank the vertical portion of the entry door with a set of fluted or plain pilasters. Top off the door with a lightweight pediment. Available in unique styles to match different home designs, decorative pediments come in rams head, broken bonnet, acorn or sunburst profiles. Door surround kits containing all pieces are also available in Colonial, Craftsman, Empire and Stone styles.

Project #2 – Add a one-piece crosshead above every window on the front side of the home. Insect- and moisture-resistant polyurethane crossheads can be installed alone or accented with accessories such as keystones in the center or a piece of dentil trim.

Project #3 – If the home's garage faces the street, surround the entire entry opening with a large crosshead and a pair of pilasters. Use the same style materials as on the front entry door to create a uniform look for the exterior.    

Project #4 – To heighten the look of a home’s exterior, flank the street-side windows with low-maintenance polyurethane shutters. Fast and easy to install, styles include a variety of louvered and plank shutters that can be painted or stained to accent the home’s exterior.

Project #5 – Grab a ladder and replace rotting louvers at the top of the home or garage. Made of decay-resistant polyurethane, louvers come in both decorative (non-venting) styles and venting styles to help enhance a positive airflow in the attic.

“Several of these projects together can be tackled in a single weekend,” says Decker. “An added benefit to enhancing the curb appeal of the home is that homeowners can ‘sell’ potential homebuyers on the low-maintenance aspects of the decorative investments. Polyurethane products resist warping, rot, insects and moisture, so potential homebuyers can enjoy years of low-maintenance curb appeal of their own!”

About Fypon
Fypon offers more than 2,500 synthetic pieces in the categories of Window & Door Trim, Mouldings, E-Vent™ Systems, Decorative Millwork, Louvers & Gable Vents, Balustrade Systems, and Porch Posts, Columns & Wraps. Additionally, Fypon offers more than 500 PVC products in the categories of Column Wraps, QuickRail® Systems, Trellis Systems and PVC Trim, Boards and Sheets.

Fypon manufactures thousands of decorative millwork elements in a variety of architectural styles to enhance the interior and exterior of homes. Each piece is crafted from tough, weather-resistant, high-performance materials that are resistant to decay, insect infestation and water damage for long-lasting beauty and low maintenance. Part of consumer products company Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (NYSE: FBHS), Fypon, LLC is owned by Therma-Tru Corp. For additional information, call 800-446-3040 or visit http://www.fypon.com.

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