Curb Appeal Can Pay Off
First impressions are important. Whether you’re selling your home or getting ready for summer barbeques, you want your home to feel attractive and inviting from the very first glance.
Did you know that creating curb appeal is also a great return on investment (ROI)? According to a study by Money Magazine, the ROI for landscaping is 100% to 200%, more than a kitchen or bathroom remodel, which could net an ROI of 75% to 125% and 20% to 120% respectively.
Want more great news about curb appeal? You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a huge impact. And you can pretty much do it yourself. Easy.
How Can You Create Instant Curb Appeal?
1. Clean House. Make those windows sparkle and shine. Then clean gutters, dirty siding and dingy decks.
2. Stow the Clutter. Tuck garden implements and tools out of sight along with any dated accessories and unnecessary yard toys.
3. Get Aggressive. Kill mold and mildew on the sidewalks and driveway and get rid of any weeds.
4. Keep Things Trim. Mow the lawn. Edge sidewalks. Cut back tree limbs that are near or touching the roof.
5. Be Visionary. Try to imagine your home without the big tree out front. Or the hedges along the sidewalk. Removing greenery could allow your home’s architectural beauty to shine through.
6. Pot It. Nothing says “welcome” more brightly than pots of cheerful, seasonal flowers by the front door.
7. Plant It. Fill plant beds with plants in a variety of colors and sizes. Be sure to look for drought-tolerant plants that require minimal water.
8. Play Matchmaker. Choose an attractive light fixture for the entry, then select house numbers, a mailbox and door hardware in a style and color that match.
9. Consider Color. Is it time to repaint the whole house? Or perhaps the trim? Or at least the front door?
10. Go Big. New windows – preferably dual paned with low-e glass – not only look good but create value by saving energy and reducing ambient street noise.
Need ideas? Visit a Pardee Homes model complex near you. Our homes are professionally landscaped and could inspire you with a color palette or drought-tolerant plants that thrive in your area. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even find your dream home.
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