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Photo from: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20569946,00.html  Finally, spring is here! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and it’s a little easier getting out of bed in the morning. As you – and your neighbors – spend more time outside, you may find yourself looking to spruce up your home’s exterior. Here are a few small and large ways to enhance your curb appeal.  1. Change Your Landscaping Whether you rip everything up and start fresh or add a few hanging baskets and flowerbeds, plants create an inviting exterior. Talk with someone at your local nursery to find out what grows best in your area, and what care is necessary for the plants you select. For even less hassle, plant perennials and sit back and relax as they return each year.  2. Upgrade Your Entry Door As the gateway to your home, your front door serves as the cornerstone of your home’s exterior. It should be safe and secure but also inviting and attractive. With options for sidelights and half views, front doors can also transform your interior entryway by adding an abundance of light. Not ready to replace your whole door? Simply upgrading the hardware can go a long way in changing the look of your entryway.    3. Replace Your Mailbox It may not seem like much, but the right mailbox makes a great first impression. Whether you choose one that sits on a brick column or an intricate post, matching it with your home’s style will fully extend your home to the curb. To enhance the look even more, add flowerbeds around the base. Check out this Pinterest board for inspiration.  4. Update Your Siding When it comes to siding, there are a lot of options in style and color. From traditional to accented siding, your home’s exterior can completely transform with a new selection. If you’re not ready for a change of this size, try painting it a new color to give it a fresh look.    5. Add Character with Window Boxes Window boxes are a great way to add charm, color, and life to your home, without a lot of hassle. To save money, use a wooden window box and paint it to match your home’s trim. Don’t forget to make sure there are holes on the bottom for drainage, and be sure to use fresh soil. The brackets need to be installed securely so ask a professional for help if needed. Pinterest is full of great ideas for this attractive home enhancement.  Photo by Michelle Joacoby, Changing Spaces. http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/315356/list/charm-up-your-house-with-windowboxes

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