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Home Staging: Creating Great Curb Appeal

If you're lucky enough to have an entry gate, you may have heard them called "portals". To get really technical, they are also called "transitional spaces". But to really put it simple, just call them gates. Unfortunately the gate is usually the last element a homeowner thinks about when adding a fence to their property.

If you think of a gate as merely an outdoor doorway, you'll probably miss the opportunity to turn it into a bold artistic statement with great curb appeal. Creating curb appeal is especially important if you're thinking about selling your home. But you have to be careful. The size, shape and material of the gate will make or break your fence.

Be sure to budget the price of your gate right from the start. If money is tight, cut back a little on the quality of the fence so you can include a gate. If the gate can be seen from the street, it's really important to make it creative and decorative as it becomes part of your house's facade. If the gate is a "work of art", it will naturally upgrade your landscape design.

Here are some quick tips on choosing the right gate for your fence:

  • The gate should match the fencing material.
  • The gate should be more decorative than the rest of the fence. The gate is the point of entry and it should be easy to find.
  • A side yard gate will need to be wider (at least 4 feet) to accommodate passage of lawn equipment, wheelbarrow and such.
  • You can always split the width and hang 2 saloon-style doors rather than one large gate. Two doors are lighters and less demanding on the hardware hinges.
  • If your present gate is run down, paint it. Match the color to the trim on your house.
  • For a mossy or rustic look, use faux painting techniques to add patina to the finish.
  • Dress it up more with decorative hardware.
  • Hand hammered iron hinges give a timeless look.
  • To see beyond the gate, try a transparent iron gate. Create the fence to match the gate in this case.
  • Old gardens almost demand salvaged antique gates (or ones made to look old).
  • Here are a couple online places to check out: and

Creating curb appeal is not that difficult. Whenever you close some area off, visitors just naturally want to know what's beyond the fence. So if your gate makes people want to go through them, you have achieved great curb appeal. Fences and gates also install an element of privacy. Even if they are not tall, they suggest private areas and this is very appealing to home buyers.

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