You never have a chance to make a second first impression. If you’re apply for a new career position, no doubt you’ve taken advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invested in a timeless suit from the huge selection available from Brooks Brothers knowing the value of a first impression. The same concept applies to the curb appeal of your home. This is what welcomes you after a long day at work. Whether you’ve just moved into a fixer upper, are preparing your home for sale or realize it’s time to tame your landscaping and address deferred maintenance issues, ramping up your home’s curb appeal in a few short weekends and a couple of trips to your local home improvement store is very doable even on a limited. Prepare for a lot of hard work and a potentially amazing transformation on your home’s curb appeal. There’s no better time than today to get started. Follow these recommendations from exterior designers and real estate agents to revamp your homes curb appeal. The first step is to take an honest, critical assessment of your homes exterior. Do this by standing across the street and taking notes on the items that need addressing.
Begin by addressing the landscaping. Trim all the shrubbery below the windows and away from sidewalks and the driveway. Cut tree limbs to at least eight feet above ground level to allow easy passage and for grass to grow. Re-edge beds and apply fresh pine mulch or pine bark as needed. Select an area by the driveway entrance or mailbox to plant a grouping of colorful seasonal bedding plants for a fun burst of color. Address any weed issues and mow the lawn at a level of at least three inches to allow strong roots to form.
Make any necessary repairs on gutters, shutters, hand rails and door frames. Select a fresh coat of paint for the front door. Update the mailbox, house numbers and door mat. These updates will have a high impact. Finally, select a large planter and place by the front door. Fill it with a variety of colorful seasonal bedding plants for an extra special welcome for you and your guests to enjoy. Step back across the street and admire your work – you’ve now succeeded in ramping up the curb appeal of your home!