Outside repairs keep a home good-looking

Dear Readers: A spring weekend affords the opportunity to boost the curb appeal of your home! There are lots of areas you can spruce up; here are a few hints:

≤ Repair cracks in the driveway. Pull and kill weeds, and remove any staining. Sweep thoroughly.

≤ Freshen up, polish or replace hardware: house numbers, doorknobs, light fixtures, etc. Maybe a new color for the front door?

≤ Take a look at the mailbox: Fresh coat of paint, new flag, new plants around the base? All good choices. The style of your mailbox should coordinate with the look of your home.

≤ Cut away dead overgrowth and brush in front of the house. Consider renting a power washer to deep-clean the concrete.

Experts agree: Symmetry is key (matching flowerpots on either side of the entry, for example) and will make your home stand out this spring! — Heloise

(Heloise is a columnist for King Features Syndicate. Send money-or time-saving hint to P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Texas 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or E-Mail: Heloise@Heloise.com.)