Curb appeal landscaping is a way to draw potential buyers to a home. The home seller can make minor changes to the exterior of their home that will make it stand out. In this tough economy, people are finding it hard to sell their homes. By using this process, they increase the chances that potential buyers will get the “wow effect” when they see the home. It doesn’t cost a lot of money to increase a home’s curb appeal.
1. One of the first curb appeal improvement ideas is to make sure that the paint on the home is not peeling or cracking. Nothing makes a home more unappealing than a dull exterior. Pick a bright color in the pastel family that will make the house pop out.
2. Make sure that the home does not have rotten or water damaged wood on the home or garage. No amount of paint will cover a home with rotten wood. As long as the damaged wood is not a signal that something is seriously wrong with the home, wood can be purchased at a store like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
3. Once the home is painted and the wood is replaced, think about the types of flowers that would accentuate the home’s color. Instead of picking a flower of one color, find a perfect blend of colors. Make sure, too, that the flowers will survive in your particular climate.
4. In addition to flowers, planting trees and scrubs do a lot to create curb appeal. If the climate is right, budding trees, like gardenias, not only look pretty, but they smell good, too. In Arizona, the steady temperature makes fruit trees a good choice for home sellers.
5. Curb appeal landscaping includes accessorizing the yard. A stone walkway that matches the exterior décor of the home can make a home stand out among the other homes in the neighborhood. These stones come in different colors, so find one that fits the personality of the home.
6. Some people like a lot of yard decorations like gnomes and other types of statues. Many of these yard decorations are too busy for some people. Instead, pick simple decorations that bring out the home. These decorations should fit the overall style. Stone pottery that plants can be grown in is a simple way to add something extra to the home. If there are no neighborhood ordinances against it, a small fountain or pond adds to a home’s appeal.
7. None of the accents mentioned earlier will add to the home if one simple thing is left out. Cutting the grass. If the grass is out of control and weeds are everywhere, no amount of effort will add curb appeal.
8. Another simple way to do curb appeal landscaping is washing the exterior of the home and making sure that the plants are watered so that they don’t wilt and die. A person can wash the home themselves or hire someone to do it for them. A simple sprinkler system embedded in the landscape can ensure that the flowers stay looking fresh.
Many of the materials needed for curb appeal landscaping can be found in places like Home Depot, Lowe’s or local shops that sell plants and gardening accessories. Ideas can also be found in landscaping books. If a person is willing to do it themselves, it does not cost a lot of money. However, home sellers who may not be confident in their ability can hire companies that specialize in curb appeal landscaping. Making a home stand out can make the difference between it sitting unoccupied for a long time or selling it to a potential buyer.