everyone talks about curb appeal ~ but, exactly what is it? you know it when you see it & you also know if when it is totally lacking. here are some tangible & low cost ways to dress up the curb appeal of your residence.
a good place to start is with your front door. a punch of unexpected color is a low-cost way to give your house personality & set it apart from your neighbors. if you live in a condo, this is probably not an option, but you can still find ways to give your entry some panache. make sure it is clean, polish off the hardware & add some flowers, topiaries or swag or wreath that reflects your personal style ~
create a garden in a day. container gardens work on any type property as do hanging baskets of lush flowers or ferns. softening your exterior with a beautiful vine ~ either annual or a perennial like a carolina jasmine is small investment with a big payback ~
add window boxes ~ we are currently working on a post on window box resources to share with you ~ there are boxes that work with almost any style of house. by mixing plants & flowers, you can create a lush & charming addition to the facade of your home ~
make sure your home is clean, clean, clean & properly painted & maintained. also consider adding extra molding around windows & doors ~ it can be done in a weekend & will update it & add value ~
don’t forget about your gutter & drainspouts. make sure they are not clogged with leaves or looking shabby with peeling paint. vinyl systems are easy to install & if you can afford them, copper systems will add class & value to your home ~
and finally, consider adding an arbor or other focal point in the your garden. a value added expense that will delight you as you plant round it ~
planting season for shrubs & perennials is here & annual season is around the corner. it’s is an excellent time of the year to plan some small changes that will give back large rewards in the curb appeal of your property.
do what you love & delegate the rest!
photo credit: bhg