Winter Home Improvement Projects That Will Get Your House Ready to Sell in the New Year

Are you thinking of selling your house in the new year and trying to get your ducks in a row for when you do? Studies have shown that upgrades to your home’s exterior and landscaping can add 20% to your home’s value. From DIY projects you can knock out in an afternoon to projects that require professional help, these home exterior upgrades are sure to catapult your curb appeal to the next level (and price range).

Re-Paint for a Fresh Look

Putting a fresh coat of paint on your home is a no-brainer, but even a partial paint job does wonders for the look of your home. Touching up or choosing a vibrant new paint color for your door and trim gives the whole place an instant face lift. If you want to go for a whole new color, choose one that works with the architectural style of the home. And take a cue from the surrounding natural elements; if it’s a beach bungalow, can you choose a bright turquoise to remind one of the tranquil blue of the sea, or for a stormy Seattle estate, maybe a deep cobalt or emerald.

Add Faux Balconies and Window Boxes

Home accoutrements like window boxes and faux balconies seem like no big deal but they can easily mean the difference between a house sitting on the market and one that catches buyers’eyes. Install window boxes under windows and on deck and porch railings and fill them with vibrant blossoms and greenery that complement the house’s color theme. To get the most bang for your buck, plant perennials so that your window boxes are always blooming, no matter when you decide to sell.

When selecting a window box for your home, you have a wide range from which to choose. Among your choices are clean, white window boxes that look like painted wood but are actually made from rot-proof PVC, bold copper window boxes that shine when the sun hits them, and rustic hay rack window boxes to give your home’s exterior that”cottage” feel.

What about faux balconies, or “balconettes” as they are sometimes called? While not functional as balconies that you can stand on,they are nevertheless instant curb appeal boosters, adding architectural interest to even the blandest of structures. Intricate designs like our Bellisimo or Agostino Faux Balcony bring an Old World charm while our Dorchester Juliet Balcony or Windermere Faux Balcony are more modern design statements.

Refresh Your Outdoor Space

Any real estate broker will tell you that one or more outdoor spaces is crucial to most home buyers. Not only does a well curated outdoor living space boost your property value, but it also counts (at least in the eyes of buyers) as extra square footage where they can enjoy a bit of outdoor living. The big draws are, of course, killer views, gardens, pools, pergolas, fire pits,and other renovations. However, even if you have none of the above, work what you have to make the outdoor living experience appealing. First, clean up your landscaping by trimming any trees and shrubs that have become unruly. Replace withered grass with fresh grass or even lifelike artificial turf. Pull weeds and plant fresh ground cover or create a container garden with outdoor planters and pots.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

Whether you have landscape lighting or not, it’s a good time to check its effectiveness. Not only is proper lighting a plus aesthetically,but it also appeals to homeowners because it increases home security. Well-lit entryways and pathways, porches, and backyards act as deterrents to burglars,and provide added safety by illuminating walkways. Our LED landscape lighting provides energy-efficient lighting for lower electrical costs.

Learn more about the benefits of our outdoor LED landscape lighting with these FAQs.

What Do You Need for Your Home Improvement Project?

From durable outdoor planters to artisanal patio tables to landscape lighting, we have the tools you need for any DIY home project! Visit us at www.HooksandLattice.com or call us at 1-800-896-0978.

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Clean Up Your Curb Appeal for Spring with These Home Projects

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How Should Exterior Shutters Fit?

From Colonial to country, our exterior shutters will complement your home’s architecture, upgrade your exterior, and give your home your own personal touch. But what if you’re not exactly sure which shutters will look best on your house, or how to get the right ones to fit your windows? Let us help you in this […]

How to Keep Hanging Baskets from Drying Out

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Live Life in Color with These Effortless Curb Appeal Solutions

You do not need to spend money on major renovations to begin transforming the look and function of your backyard or the exterior of your home. With the help of window baskets, decorative outdoor planters, and eco-friendly materials, you can easily begin landscaping your home. Discover some of the best, and easiest, curb appeal ideas for 2016.

Bring More Color to Your Home with Beautiful Decora Liners

When choosing outdoor planters, there is a lot of options to consider. You should start by considering the look or style that you want to create and the curb appeal ideas that you want to incorporate. If you want a bold look, then you may want to examine the many Decora style planters and liners that we have available.

Del Mar Decora Window Box

The Del Mar Decora features hand bent scrolls and delicate details.

Metal Liners that fit Decora Window Boxes:

These planters are constructed from durable wrought iron that is powder coated to protect the planter against rain and severe weather. You can choose from multiple planter liner styles when adding a Decora planter, including real copper or galvanized metal liners. These window box liners should provide years of use and allow you to choose a color and style that matches your existing decor.

Complement Your Rustic Styling with Distressed Wood Boxes

For those of you that prefer a more rustic style, we also have a selection of distressed window boxes constructed from fiberglass. These planters are designed to mimic the look and feel of real distressed or reclaimed wood. You can choose from dark hickory, cherry, and driftwood finishes. By choosing a fiberglass window box, you can enjoy years of use, without worrying about warping, decay, and damage as you would a real wood planter.

Add Plant Life to Your Porch with Hanging Flowers

In addition to window cage planters and fiberglass wood planters, you can bring plant life to your porch with the use of hanging flower baskets. There are many designs to choose from. But, our most popular options remain the English Garden hanging baskets. These baskets are constructed from flat wrought iron bars and lined with an eco-friendly coconut liner. This is the perfect choice for displaying hanging flowers.

Step 1: Choose Hanging Basket Size

Step 2: Optimize Irrigation

Step 3: Stock Up on Replacement Liners

Choosing a Location for Your Outdoor Planters

There are many ways to use planters and hanging baskets to decorate the exterior of your home. Planters can be mounted below window sills, along railings, or on your balcony. Hanging baskets can be attached below the overhang of a porch or from a tall fence post. For all of your mounting needs, we have an assortment of window box brackets, braces, and planter hangers. This allows you to choose any location along the outside of your home for displaying vibrant plant life.

Here’s to All Things Easy–Especially Curb Appeal!

These are just a few examples of easy curb appeal ideas. There are many ways to transform your home. But, outdoor planters and flower boxes offer affordability and ease. Our selection of quality hanging flower baskets and wood boxes make the perfect addition to any home. They are easy to mount along windowsills, patios, railings, or hang from your porch.

If you are ready to add more color to the exterior of your home, then browse our wide assortment of quality, durable outdoor planters and hanging baskets.

 

Facing Forward with Exterior Shutters

Facing Forward With Exterior Shutters

Exterior shutters were once a real necessity for homes. House shutters were used to cover fragile windows during storms and block out the sun to keep temperatures cool during the hot summer months. Today, our windows are more durable and able to stand up to inclement weather. Plus, most homes have air conditioning systems or fans to regulate temperatures.

 

That doesn’t mean that there’s no place for wood shutters on homes anymore. On the contrary, more and more people are installing or upgrading cedar shutters and other types of shutters to enhance the curb appeal of their homes.

Exterior Shutters in 4 Easy Steps

If you’ve been considering a shutter upgrade or installing shutters for the first time, you can follow these four steps to ensure you select the perfect look for your home:

 

  1. Consider the Size. Shutters just don’t look right if they’re not the correct scale. Even though you’re not going to close them, you may want the illusion that you could. This means that you should select house shutters that are half of the width of your windows and equal to their height. Decorative shutters do not need to be exactly half the width, saving you money because they’re smaller.

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  1. Choose the Best Materials. You can purchase shutters made out of many different types of materials, including vinyl and composite; however, if you want the most authentic look possible and want to maximize the value of your home improvement, wood exterior shutters are the best choice. Cedar shutters are among the most durable of natural wood options, as the material is naturally resistant to rot and pests. See all materials here.

 

  1. Select the Right Style. Shutters come in many different styles, and different types complement different styles of architecture. Here’s a quick look at some of the best pairings:

Victorian, Italianate, Georgian and Greek Revival Homes are all nicely complemented by Louvered shutters like our 12″ Wide Unequal Panel Cedar Louvered Shutters, which are made to order.

Cape Cod, Mediterranean, Spanish, Ranch, and French Country Homes will look best with Board & Batten designs. A style like our Painted Cedar Board and Batten Shutters, which can be customized with more than 35 cutout designs, will perfectly match the architectural style.

Federal and Colonial homes are often completed with raised panel shutters on the first floor and louvered on the second floor. Our made-to-order Cedar Raised Panel Exterior Shutters are available with numerous panel patterns to suit any homeowner’s tastes and pair wonderfully with our louvered cedar shutters.

 

  1. Pick Out Your Color & Hardware. Typically, shutters should show a high degree of contrast from the color of a home so that they stand out. You can use a color wheel to see what hues will coordinate best with the primary color of your home. While it’s not a necessity, hardware like false brackets and L-shaped shutter hinges can enhance the authenticity of exterior shutters and add to their charm.

Exterior Shutter Hardware

Hooks and Lattice make shopping for exterior shutters incredibly easy. We are truly your one-stop shop for house shutters and have a huge selection of styles, including a wide range of premium cedar shutters. Shop our full selection, where you’re sure to find the perfect look for your home.