Have you been thinking about how to boost your homes curb appeal? If so, the time is now to do it!
Before heading out to the store you need to first come up with a plan as to what you want to do, how much you want to spend and how much time you want to invest. Even the smallest things like changing the mailbox, house number and lighting on the exterior of your home can give a brand new look.
Let's start with the house itself, does it need any repairs? Walk the exterior of your home and make a list of things that are in need of repair or cleaning. Here are some things to look for:
- Do the windows need washing?
- Are the eaves clean and in good repair?
- Are the front steps tidy and does the hand rail need painting?
- Is the exterior lighting clean and bright? Does it work with the style of the home?
- Is the mailbox and house number in good repair? Do they work with the style of the home?
- Does the garage door need painting or is it so old that maybe it needs replacing?
- The front door really needs to be inviting! Is it clean and does it pop from the rest of the house? Painting the front door in a different color than the rest of the house will make it pop! If your not sure about colors go to your favorite paint department and the people working there can definitely help you with choosing colors.
- How do the shingles/roof look? Old and damaged shingles will really take away from your homes curb appeal, as well could create costly bills in the future if not replaced when necessary.
If your home is in need of repairs and you are not qualified to do them yourself, here is a great handyman to call, Andrew MacFarlane. http://www.macfhs.com/
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Now lets move onto your landscaping. Just keeping the grass cut and green will make a huge difference. Add flowers, shrubs and trees and wow what a difference. If your yard is bare of trees, try to purchase trees that are more mature as they will boost the "wow" factor of your yard and home. Here are some things to look at:
- Be sure to weed flower beds and its always a good idea to add fresh soil to these beds.
- Finish the flower beds with a stone edging that matches the style of your home. Have both annuals and perennials, with different heights and colours. Flowers always add great curb appeal!
- Many local greenhouses or tree nurseries will assist you in placement of your trees, shrubs and flowers. Just be sure to map out your yard and buildings within the yard as well make note as to which direction your front and back yard face.
- How does your grass look? Does it need weeding or watering? There are alot of great companies that can visit your home a few times a year to make sure your lawn is weed free and stays healthy and green.
- Aeration is also a great thing have done in the spring. Aeration is where a machine is run over your lawn removing plugs of soil throughout your yard. This allows both water and fertilizer to absorb properly resulting in your lawn require less watering and looking better and healthier.
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