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Ramp Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Has your home lost its curb appeal? Whether you’ve just purchased a fixer upper, are preparing to sell your home, or have just neglected the exterior, there’s no time like the present to ramp up your home’s curb appeal! Follow these recommendations from the real estate and landscaping professionals and you’ll soon have the house that’s the envy of the block!

Stand across the street from your home and take a critical look at the exterior and landscaping.  Make note of the updates and maintenance needed and begin to make a list for a trip to the local home improvement store.  Block out a few weekends, grab your gardening gear and take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of comfortable gardening shoes from the huge selection and value offered by Merrell.

Trim all the shrubbery to below the height of the windows around the entire home.  Cut tree branches to at least 8 feet above the ground to allow grass to grow and easy mowing.  Mow the lawn and edge along walkways, driveway and shrubbery beds. Apply fresh mulch or pine straw as needed.  Use a power spray for the driveway, walkways and porch as needed. Select a bedding area along the drive way and near the front porch for colorful bedding flowers.

On the exterior, address any deferred maintenance issues. Repair gutters and screen doors as needed. Consider removing the storm door or screen door from the front of the home. This will make the entry more inviting. Apply a fresh coat of paint on the front door and shutters. Paint trim work as needed. Replace the mailbox, house numbers and exterior lighting for a more updated look. Select large house numbers and attach to the front door or in a very visible location.  Finally, replace the door mat.  You’ve no doubt made a dramatic improvement to the front of your home.

As a final touch, select a large planter and fill with colorful bedding plants and place by the front door. Pour yourself a glass of lemonade or iced tea and admire your hard work – the results are worth it. You’ve also substantially increased the value of your home. Congratulations on a job well done!