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Franchisee makes a difference …

July 18, 2014

When Magnolia homeowner Clay Newlin, decided to create a clean and modern look for his recently purchased home, he turned to College Pro Painters, and Franchise Owner Trey Cranney, for his exterior house painting. Read More

A Day in the Life

June 19, 2014

Exams are done, and you’re excited to relax for the summer months… but after 3 days you’re bored out of your mind.  So you’re searching for “summer employment”… and things are looking grim.   What about being a summer entrepreneur instead?  That’s our world at College Pro, and here’s insight into the typical day of a College Pro entrepreneur.  Read More

2014 College Pro Season Underw…

January 17, 2014

As the new year began, so did our team of 2014 College Pro Entrepreneurs.   We came together for our annual Leadership Conference to work on core skills, share best practices and spend time with our peers. Read More

3 Local Organizations Benefit …

October 17, 2013

3 of the US divisions of College Pro Painters are participating in 3 different events from October 16-18, in 3 different cities across the US as our way of giving back to the communities in which we serve.  We could not be more proud to have partnered with The Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul, MN, the Autism Society of Illinois in Lombard, IL, and the Reading Food Pantry in Reading, MA for these events.  Read More

Top 10 Ways to Beautify Your Home’s Exterior

Posted On July 17, 2012

1.     Paint your front door:

Painting your front door can instantly brighten up your homes exterior. A colour that compliments the colour of your house, but is a strong contrast is recommended

2.     Manicure your lawn:

A key part of curb appeal is your front lawn. A freshly cut, healthy looking lawn adds a significant amount of curb appeal to any house.  Water, fertilize, and cut your lawn regularly to keep it looking great… or replace grass with other vegetation/space covering.

3.     Wash off dirt:

Although it may not be obvious from a distance, houses get dirty from the weather. Rain, wind, snow, etc. cause a build up of grime on almost every home surface – siding, brick, stucco, etc. This buildup also occurs on driveways, walkways, and sidewalks. To remove this dirt, scrub, pressure wash with water, or use your hose on its strongest pressure.

4.     Maintain your Driveway:

There is nothing worse for your curb appeal than a cracked or old looking driveway. Seal the cracks in your drive using sealant. Remove the weeds from in between stones and along the edges.

5.     Clean your windows:

Keeping your windows clean and sparkly will instantly add some shine to your home.  No interested in doing it yourself?  Call College Pro Window Cleaning to do the job, at a fair price.

6.     Landscape lighting

Placing a spotlight at the base of a tree, or in the middle of a garden is eye catching. Lining the walkway to your front door with lights gives a safe and welcoming appearance.

7.     Trim trees and bushes

Trim trees and bushes back so they do not block the view of your house from the road. There is no curb appeal if you can’t see the house!

8.     Address number

A large, bold, and modern house number is a common addition to curb appeal. A decorative way of numbering your house could include putting your number on a rock in the garden. Another option is to put your numbers on a wood backing for contrast against your siding. Numbers can also be written in cursive to add a dressier touch, check Pinterest for more ideas.

9.     Flower beds

An ignored garden makes even a well-kept house look run down. Weed your flowerbeds. Remove dead plants. Water your flowers. Garden maintenance will look impressive in your front yard, and add to your curb appeal… and if gardening isn’t you cup of tea, look for low maintenance plants.

10.    Keep your paint up to date

If your house is brick, siding, stucco, or contains wood trim, keep your paint coat up to date. Peeling, rusting, and bubbling paint really affects your home’s exterior. For a free quote, visit


For more curb appeal ideas, visit College Pro’s ‘Exterior Home Ideas’ board on Pinterest.

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