For Sale or Staying Put?

It’s Easy to Improve Your Curb Appeal

Whether you are getting ready to put your home on the market or planning to stay where you are for another 10 years, when was the last time you stood across the street from your home and gave the front of your house an honest critique? So often we drive into our garage and don’t give the front of our house more than a second glance. It’s easy for it to start looking a little tired if we don’t give the area some attention. Consider spending an afternoon making a few improvements.

Assess the Front Door

• How long has it been since your front door had a fresh coat of paint? Whether you decide to give it a fresh new color or apply a new coat of the color you’ve had for seven years, you’ll notice an immediate improvement. The sun fades dark colors quickly so your once-black, glossy door might be looking rather flat and grey after just a few years.

• A new wreath or floral arrangement hung with wide ribbon is a great way to accent a front door.

• Consider new hardware, a fresh welcome mat or an updated lighting fixture to update your entry.

• While you are improving this area, look at your house numbers. Can they be easily seen from the street or have bushes grown to obscure them?

Ditch the Look of a Used Car Lot

• Are there cars parked in your driveway or on the street in front of your house more often than not? Maybe it’s time to deep clean the garage and make room for a car or two. Nothing sends the message that you don’t care about the look of your home like a driveway and curb constantly filled with cars that could be in the garage.

• If your house is going on the market and your street is lined with cars owned by neighbors, consider asking them to park in their driveways for a month or two to improve the overall look of the street.

Where’s the Green?

• You may not be a gifted gardener but that doesn’t mean your house need send that message. Think about adding a few containers with seasonal plantings. Be sure to vary the height of the plantings in the pots.

• If there are bushes along the front of your house, is it time for a trim? Bushes that have been allowed to grow more than 5-7 feet tall are probably higher than was intended when they were planted. Are your bushes more than 20 years old? It might be time to remove them and start over. And are your overgrown bushes making it difficult for people to walk on the sidewalk leading to your front door? If so, it’s definitely time for a trim.

Add a Festive Focal Point

• Consider a fountain, cement sculpture or a piece of outdoor art to add a touch of whimsy to the front of your home. A birdbath, flag pole or wind sculpture can be just what your street view needs. Maybe a row of decorative landscape lights will do the trick. Not only will they add a touch of style but they’ll accent your walkway or garden at night.