Has the exterior of your home and garden begun to look a bit tired and outdated? Do you pull up to your house and not feel welcome? Improving the curb appeal of your home really only takes a few weekends of work and can generally be accomplished without spending large sums of money. Follow these recommendations from the real estate experts and you’ll be thoroughly impressed the next time you pull into the driveway of your own home!
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Start with the landscaping. Trim all shrubbery away from the walkways and stair ways. Ensure shrubbery is trimmed below windows to allow natural light into your home. Trim tree branches to at least eight feet above the ground. This will help grass grow under trees. Redefine landscape beds and lay fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed.
Clean all gutters and replace as needed. Paint shutters a color that will complement the exterior of the home. Consider a fresh coat of paint on the front door. Take advantage of the savings offered by Groupon coupons and head to Kohls for a new welcoming mat at the front door. Head to a big box store and select updated lighting, house numbers and mailbox. These can easily be installed in one say. IF the storm door is dated or in beyond repair, either replace or remove entirely.
Consider placing several large planters at the front door and long the stairs. Fill these will seasonal flowers. They will be easier to maintain than bedding plants and will make a welcoming statement at the front of the house. If the mailbox is near the street, opt for bedding plants, either annuals or perennials at the base of the mailbox.
Finally, power wash walkways and drive ways as needed. You’ve now succeeded in updating the exterior of your home. Not only have your upgraded your curb appeal, but you’ve also added value to your home. These are certainly great reasons to ramp up your home’s curb appeal over a few weekends. Enjoy your home’s new exterior!