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Low-Cost Ways to Increase your Home’s Springtime Curb Appeal
Dated: May 3 2022
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First impressions mean a lot—especially when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you’re getting ready for resale or just want to update the exterior, you may be thinking your home is ready for a curbside makeover. Here are some ideas to maximize your home’s curb appeal:
Is Your Home Photogenic?
The best way to look at your home through the eyes of a potential buyer is to take pictures of it. Take one from directly across the street and others from angles on both sides of the home. Honestly compare your pictures with those of comparable homes online. Make a list of what could be improved.
The Power of Pressure Washing
Nothing says, “I care about my property,” more than cleanliness. And pressure washing works wonders. Wash the front of the home along with the garage doors, driveway, and sidewalk. If your home’s paint job is looking dingy, you may find that pressure washing eliminates the need for new paint. Or you may find that painting the trim is the only touch-up you need. A pressure washer can be rented from a big-box home improvement store.
Let the Light In!
Sparkling clean windows invite visitors to look inside your house and offer those already inside the home a view of your beautiful landscaping. If your home is several stories high, you may need to hire a professional window cleaning service. Some services also include gutter cleaning.
Focus On Your Front Door
Give the front door a fresh coat of paint to make it look truly inviting. In addition, polish or replace all metal pieces, such as door knockers and kick plates. New house numbers are another easy way to make your porch look polished. Think about adding blooming flowers for spring and summer and a wreath on the front door to add a welcoming look. Finally, if the front porch lighting looks dated, upgrade to new fixtures.
Trim Untidy Trees and Shrubs
Many homeowners become accustomed to overgrown shrubs and ornamental trees. But overgrown vegetation effectively hides your home from view. It never hurts to remove too-big plants and replace them with trendy bedding options.
Fresh Mulch Makes Flower Beds Look Better
Even if your flower beds have mulch, add more and don’t be stingy. New, thick mulch makes a so-so planted area look like a professionally maintained one. For an even more manicured look, add some edging material.
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