Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

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Enhancing Your Home's Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the visual attractiveness of a property when viewed from the curb or street. A home with a good curb-side appeal creates a positive first impression, attract potential buyers and can even increase the homes value. Enhancing your homes curb-side appeal does not have to be an overwhelming task. Here are some tips to help you transform your home’s exterior and make it stand out in the very best way.

Gardening and landscaping is my favourite part of maintaining the curb-side appeal of my home. While the pay-off is rewarding as my gardens look rockin’, i also find playing in the dirt oddly satisfying! LOL. Horticulture is a big part in curb-side appeal, as different species of plants and flowers can add such variety of colour and textures to your outdoor space. While maintaining your gardens can be time consuming, or take up a bit of pocket change, the reward is substantial. Beautiful gardens can give visual appeal, emotional benefits and better resale value of your home with its mature landscaping.

7 Simple Steps to Improve Your Homes Curb-Side Appeal

Although maintaining your homes curb-side appeal may seem like a strenuous task, there are many simple and cost effective ways to spruce up the outside of your home that youre able to do yourself , and without breaking the bank! Here are some of the most important upgrades you can make!

  1. Clean and Declutter: One of the cheapest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is to give it a thorough clean. Remove any unnecessary clutter from the yard, such as old bikes or toys, and pressure wash the exterior of your home, driveway, and sidewalks if possible. 

  2. Add Mulch: Adding fresh mulch to your flower beds can give them a neat and tidy appearance. Mulch is inexpensive and also helps keeps weeds at bay. Its a great way to spruce up your gardens and make those flower beds pop!

  3. Plant Perennials: Instead of buying annuals every year, plant perennials that will grow back year after year. They’re typically cheaper in the long run, and they can add different textures and colour to your landscaping.

  4. Paint Your Trim: A fresh coat of paint on your home’s exterior trim is an inexpensive non-time consuming way to clean up your exterior and give it an updated look. Just make sure you choose a colour that compliments the rest of your home.

  5. Update Your Front Door Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. If your door is outdated, or just not in the best of shape, consider replacing or painting it. If painting, consider painting it something that contrasts well with your home’s exterior, and maybe add a decorative door knocker. This is such a simple step that will really turn your home into a looker from the street

  6. Add Hardscaping: Hardscarping elements such as walkways or retaining walls can add the finishing touches to your landscaping, while also adding texture and connivence to your outdoor space. Some examples would be adding a retaining wall around a garden bed, adding a brick or stone walkway, or even maintenance on the driveway. 

  7. Install Solar Lights:  Solar lights are a cost effective way to add some ambient lighting to your outdoor living space. They require little setup that only takes minutes and come to life when the sun goes down! 

Winterized Curb-Side Appeal

Although many think of curb-side appeal and think gardens and lawn maintenence, there are actually a few tips to follow for a winterized curb-side appeal lesson, especially iyoure like me and live on the East Coast of Nova Scotia, Canada!

  1. Snow removal: In the winter (especially in Canada) snow can easily accumulate in the blink of an eye. By keeping your driveway and sidewalks clear, it maintains your home’s curb-side appeal and ensures safety for your visitors. 

  2. Outdoor lighting: With our days being shorter in the winter, outdoor lighting is crucial for both safety and curb-side appeal. Consider getting outdoor lighting in heavily trafficked areas such as walkways, decks and gardens, to help light up those dark winter nights.

  3. Winter plants: While many plants are dormant come wintertime, consider adding plants such as evergreens, holly bushes, or winter berries to your garden to add some visual interest and colour in. your gardens even during the cold months.

In conclusion by implementing some of these tips, upgrading your home curb-side appeal doesn’t have to be an exhausting task, and doesnt have to break the bank! Have the fresh clean home that you’ve always dreamed of! Follow me for more tips at Dawn Moves NS.

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