Before & After: A Rental Property Adds Curb Appeal (On Your Advice)

updated Apr 30, 2019
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(Image credit: reader Laura)

It’s been two years since readers gave Laura advice about increasing the curb appeal of her rental property and she’s back with an update. Her plan was to make the lawn healthier and add some shrubs. She was also considering painting the shutters or siding and asked readers to help decide what color might go nicely with the yellow. So, let’s find out how this house looks now and which advice Laura ran with!

(Image credit: reader Laura)
(Image credit: reader Laura)

From Laura:

We finally finished sprucing up the exterior of our home and wanted to share the results. After comparing the price of painting the entire house vs. getting new siding, we sprung for the siding. It was a better investment in the long run and there was value in replacing damaged siding and adding new gutters at the same time. A mason repaired and widened the stairs and fixed the discrepancy in height between the stairs (some stairs were taller than others which seemed a falling hazard), replaced the wobbly and warped wooden railing with a new metal one and updated the mailboxes, light fixtures and house numbers.

We replaced the front door and added brushed nickel hardware along with keypad entry locks. We dug up the old rose bush, bulb flowers and weeds along the foundation and planted boxwood, added mulch and reseeded the grass. Thanks to the AT community for all of the great suggestions. Removing the shutters was by far my favorite suggestion!

Looks great – thanks for sharing the update, Laura!

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