Tips for Ramping Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Is your home less than welcoming when you return from a long day at work? Whether you’ve just moved in, decided it’s time to sell or are simply ready to upgrade your home’s curb appeal. It’s a lot easier than you think. The trick to tackling projects that may seem over whelming at first is to break them down into smaller step. Take a walk around your neighborhood or an adjacent neighborhood with home similar to yours and take a close look at the curb appeal. What makes a home stand out? Why are some homes more welcoming than others? Stand across the street from your home and examine it with a critical eye. Start making a list of deferred maintenance items and landscaping issues that need to be addressed. With a few trips to the home improvement store and a couple of weekends, you can truly transform the outside of your home. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by coupons and invest in a quality sunscreen from to protect your skin while you work outside on your landscaping and maintenance issues. Your skin will thank you!
Start by trimming all shrubbery below the windows and away from walk ways and the driveway. Tree branches should be trimmed to at least eight to ten feet above the ground to allow ease of passage. Retrench beds and apply fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Use a power washer on the driveway and walkway. Finally, select an area by the mail box and front porch for colorful annual flowers to add a welcoming touch.
Address any deferred maintenance issues with the gutters, eaves and windows. Apply caulking as needed. Select a fresh coat of paint for he shutters and front door that compliments the existing house color. Update the house numbers, mailbox and lighting as needed. A planter of fresh bedding flowers by the front door or garage is always welcoming and adds a pop of color to the curb appeal.
Stand back and admire your work. While you may have a few blisters or sore back, you’ve managed to transform the look of your home in less than a few weekends. Welcome home!