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Curb Appeal Tips

Tuesday, February 8, 2022   /   by Jeff Lovato

Curb Appeal Tips

If you wince at the thought of your home’s curb appeal, it might be time to implement some DIY improvement ideas. The exterior of your home is the first impression potential homebuyers will have, so you want to make it positive and inviting.

Here are some easy do-it-yourself curb appeal tips  that can help make your home more attractive to and to wow buyers before they set foot in your home.

1. Walk around the outside of your home.
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As homeowners, you probably walk from your mailbox to the front door—or from your garage into your home—day in and day out. But homebuyers’ eyes automatically turn to the small details: landscaping, grass, walkways, front entry, lighting, and the exterior appearance of a house for sale. This means you, the seller, must fully walk the circumference of the home and take note of all the areas that need attention.
Stand across the street and look at the big picture of your home’s curb appeal. It’s important to see your home as a prospective homebuyer might see it on his or her first visit. Note landscaping that needs to be trimmed and investigate your mailbox and the sidewalk or driveway leading to your property for cracks, weeds and unsightly debris.

3. Plant a decorative tree.

If you want your house to feel more welcoming to potential homebuyers, consider planting in the yard. This curb appeal idea is a simple project that adds life and longevity to your home.

Check out this link for Trees that do good in Colorado's climate. 

4. Add flower beds.

A quick, easy, low-commitment way to bring color to your home is by adding flowers. Flower beds in front of your home’s windows or lawn will bring loads of curb appeal and delightful colors. Flower boxes are relatively affordable. You’ll also need to purchase soil and, of course, the flowers. Plan to water your flowers and maintain them so your home looks its best while it’s on the market.

Check out this link from a local supplier for a variety of flowers you can choose from. 

5. Ensure walkways, sidewalks, and hardscape areas are clean.

While it’s easy to only focus on the landscaping or “softscape” of your home, don’t forget about the hardscape areas such as the concrete driveway and walkways. We suggest using a pressure washer to clean off dirt and grime from your walkways and give them a fresh new look. If you don't have a pressure washer available, you can hire the services of a local pressure washer company in your area.  Ensure paver stones, stepping stones or bricks are securely in place and create safe footing for pedestrians walking to and from your home.
Click the link for a pressure washer service company.

6. Visit your local landscaper for advice.

When it comes to landscaping and improving your home’s outdoor surroundings, it is easy to get overwhelmed by which plants to choose for the different areas of your home, and what shrubbery varieties will thrive in your geographic location. Look to your local nursery and ask the professional gardener or landscaper for advice on what might work best for your space.
Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance on choosing the right plants, how best to fertilize your lawn, and how to lay down groundcover such as mulch or gravel. Remember, there is a wealth of information waiting for you if ask. While hiring a landscaper or a gardener is another option, getting the job done on your own can save you money. 

7. Light up your exterior.

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New light fixtures can quickly update the look of your home and amplify your curb appeal. When you buy new fixtures for your house, consider function as well as style. Make sure to choose lights that will provide adequate light for your entryway. For easy installation, choose fixtures that mount to the wall the same way as your existing fixtures. 
Check this nearest Home Depot for lighting fixtures, they might even have solar lighting solutions available. 

9. Create a front entry that invites buyers inside.

Once you’ve tackled the main vistas of your home, it’s time to turn your attention to your front entry area. This includes your front stairs, railings, porch, door, address numbers, and lighting. All of these factors should be inspected for disrepair.

10. Add new house numbers.

Nothing dims the light on a house search faster than the potential homebuyer not being able to find your house. If your house has faded numbers, or if the house numbers on your house are out of style, it’s time to purchase some new ones to boost your home’s curb appeal.
To really catch the eye of a homebuyer, look for modern house numbers made from aluminum, brass, or even steel. If possible, this finish should match the finish on your home’s exterior light fixtures.

This spring, dust off the excuses as to why you can’t perfect the curb appeal of your home. Homebuyers are back in the market for homes, and yours could be the next one they walk through. Use these helpful curb appeal tips to offer a house that buyers will fall in love with instantly.

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