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A redesign of the entrance to a property can also make a major difference in the appearance that is instantly appealing, and that single factor can increase the value of a property overnight. A new walkway or a new front door can turn a dull, drab property Into a fresh, vibrant one that beckons new buyers.

One of the very best single expenditures is the “front door appearance.” New door hardware, a new brass mailbox, and a new brass doorknocker on a freshly painted or new door can be all it takes to give an overall impression of quality throughout. Before you tackle the task of redesigning an entryway. I recommend that you drive around the neighborhood. as well as around neighborhoods in a higher quality area of town, and pay close attention to entrances that are appealing to you. Take along a digital camera just in case you see some knockout designs that could easily be reproduced.

Often what is needed to turn an old entrance into a new and appealing one is a change in the landscaping near the entrance. For example. planting flowering plants along both sides of a walkway from a sidewalk to the front door may be the key. Alternatively, perhaps giving the walkway a slight serpentine double curve may enhance its appearance. You could even add a wall of plants with a gate that leads through it near the front door to create a semiprivate courtyard. A mixture of elements such as potted plants. a bench or two, and other decorative items are special touches that can turn this entrance into a work of art.

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