Shutters should add interest

September 20, 2010 | Leave a Comment

Found this great article about the importance of curb appeal when selling your home. Many house shutters are grimy and faded from the sun. You might be surprised at how long you can go without even noticing them. This will not do, especially if you’re in the market to sell your home.

Most home shutters are decorative. That’s a bit of a misnomer if they’re dirty or out of proportion to the window they frame. They are called “shutters” even though they don’t actually shut.  Those that do are called functional shutters, as they are designed to close and protect the windows they frame. Newer and remodeled homes often feature such smart designs. 

To begin your search for the right shutter you should first start looking around at your neighbor’s shutters. Make some notes about their placement. They may no longer be even. Then remove the shutters, taking care not to lose any mounting hardware. A soapy sponge or even a dry brush should do the trick.  Once the shutters are clean, a coat of paint will make them look new. Instead of pure white, try a complimentary color. For a house painted a deep forest green, for example, select a shade in the same color palette. If it’s within your budget shop for replacements, which now include a range of styles in numerous materials. Wood, composite and vinyl with wood grain detail are among the choices.

“When it comes to improving your home’s marketability, this one’s a, open-and-shut case.”



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