Creating Curb Appeal for Spring

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With Spring dancing to our doorstep, we are faced with the ugly secrets of Winter and the mess it left on our yards. If you are planning to sell your home, or just looking for a nicer curb appeal, here are some ways to do it.

  • Rake the grass or getting it aerated.
  • Clean up the garbage. This may take a few hours but will be well worth it.
  • Assess your home from the middle of the street. What is the first impression in comparison to everyone around you?  Do you need to freshen up the paint or bring in a whole new colour? What about the foliage? Is it lacking in wow factor or correct scale? Make notes on things you see.  Then move closer in and check in on  the condition of eaves, siding, windows and wells. Look at the flower beds, rocks or retaining walls for damage. Beginning with the hard stuff will create a foundation that will be beautiful to build on in the next step.
  • Make notes on the type of things you see in magazines or on other properties to get ideas. Think about how they work – or if they do- in your yard. It’s important to keep in mind the price point of your home in relation to the updates you make. Stick within acceptable limits for your price point.
  • Once you are ready to shop look for things like planters for the driveway or front steps; you can add colour in the flowers and greenery and keep the  base in a neutral that works with your existing house colours.
  • You may want to update the front welcome mat and add a chair or perhaps a bench.
  • Fun décor like a pillow on the bench, metal decor or wind chimes also add a pop of colour. Depending on the look you are trying to achieve you may want to add some cedar style artificial plants or even a clock on the exterior wall, if you have a sitting area on your porch.
  • Rattan or weaved carpets, small side tables and weatherproof candles are also a nice touch.
  • If you don’t have a porch, you can spruce up the walkway with flowers and perennials, lighting that up with solar lights.  Remember to correctly space the perennials so they have room to grow. Use colourful flowers and mix it up in levels of tall, medium, low. Also use coloured mulch to add a pop to the ground cover. We used black mulch with a home that was white with black trims and front door, and red brick work. It looked so sharp. There are so many options and varieties that are out today, you can really have fun with it!

 

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Written by Jill Gargus

Jill Gargus

RESA member, Jill Gargus is the owner of Simply Irresistible Interiors, an Edmonton based home staging company. Jill was recently named on of the Top 10 Professional Stagers of the Year in Canada for 2013.

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