So you’ve dedicated time to staging every room inside your home. What about the outside of your home? Stepping up your game in terms of your home’s curb appeal is an important aspect of selling a house that should not be neglected. According to landscape economist John Harris, good landscaping can add up to 28% to the overall value of a house and cut its time on the market 10% to 15%. Even if you’re not moving anytime soon, try out a few of these suggestions from your Columbus mover E.E. Ward Moving & Storage Co. to step up your curb appeal so you can enjoy the beauty of your home.
–Clean Up– Make sure your yard is in tip-top shape. Rake up leaves, pick up any branches, and make sure there aren’t any children’s toys or other items out that don’t fit in with your desired outdoor décor. Make sure to give your walkways and siding an extra thorough cleaning to make your house shine. Place fresh, natural mulch in any areas that it’s needed.
-Grass– Take good care of your grass to make sure it is healthy and green. You don’t want any dry patches or weeds, as the grass around your home is one of the first things people will see.
–Plants– Utilize plants to brighten up and add some color to your home. If you have time to plan ahead, plant some bulbs in fall and spring. Use large containers filled with annuals to instantly add some life and color. Plant flower beds in plain areas in order to utilize the spaces. Consider hiring a landscaper for a consultation to let you know how well your landscape fits together, if you need to plant more or transplant plants, and more.
–Trees– Not only is planting trees important for the environment, but they can also be used to add shade that will save you money on energy bills and provide a natural buffer between properties. Mature trees, in addition, will add to a home’s property value.
–Lighting– Add some lighting to dramatize the beautiful aspects of your property, such as older trees or blossoming plants, or even walkways.
–Colors– It’s important to have the colors of your home accent the beauty of its structure. Try using a bright or bold color for your front door in order to make it the focal point. Limit the total amount of colors to three: one being your main color, one being the trim color, and one being an accent color. Paint some window flower boxes to match the trim color for a seamless look, or an accent color for a bold statement.
–Mailbox– Don’t forget about your mailbox! Make your home stand out by having a mailbox that flows with the architecture and design of your home. If your home is part of a Homeowners Association, check with their codes before changing your mailbox in any way, as many associations delegate what color and shade mailboxes in the area can be.
Putting a little work into your landscape and the exterior of your home will add to your curb appeal and highlight the beauty of your home, adding to its resale value and making it a place that you’re proud to call your own.