Home Remodeling | How to Boost Your Curb Appeal (Pt. 2)
Now gardening is not something that we’re all good at. I have what my wife calls a “brown thumb,” meaning everything I touch that is of a botanical nature is bound to die within a few days. If this is the case, enlist some help. That being said, gardening is something that most people love to do, as it is a relaxing outdoor activity. If you don’t have any sort of plant life in your yard, your curb appeal is probably just as dead as the tomato plants I tried to plant in my backyard last week. There is a plethora of gardening blogs, both organic and conventional, that will let you know what to plant in your area during this time of year.
If you need ideas of what kind of garden looks good in your area, just drive around your neighborhood and take notice of the gardens that jump out to you. Take note of what people are doing with their gardens and how they bring out the best in the person’s house. Many people grow vegetables in their front yard, making their gardens not only cosmetically appealing, but useful, too.
Your Front Porch
How many times have you driven by a house and seen a porch that looks so cool that you wished you had one just like it to hang out on? Even if you don’t spend much time on your front porch, you should make it look like a place that you would want to. If you have the room, get interesting decorations and seating for your front porch. Seasonal decorations for your front door that don’t look too tacky are a must. Rocking chairs or porch swings, etc. always make a front porch seem more like a place one would want to spend time; and part of the whole idea of curb appeal is making your house look like a place that one would want to spend time, is it not?
Okay, so you’ve got the awesome siding/exterior, paint job, windows, garden, and porch going, what next? Well, here are some other things you need to keep in mind when looking to boost your curb appeal:
- No trash or clutter ANYWHERE in your yard… Ever! – instant curb appeal killer.
- Keep all fences painted and in good order. – no gaps or missing posts allowed.
- Pick up animal poop! – gross.
- No broken down vehicles in yard or driveway – you’re not Jeff Foxworthy.
- Mow/rake your lawn – You’d think this would be a no-brainer, but…
- Political signs – This might be controversial, but save it for the voting booth.
- Your cars affect your curb appeal – even if your car is older, wash it if it’s going to be parked in your driveway.
- Your mailbox affects your curb appeal – whether on your porch or at the front of your yard.
I’m sure there are countless other things I could write about curb appeal, but this should at least give you some ideas on where to start. Now go get your house looking great! – Cal Bath and Kitchen
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