Curb appeal is something that you hear often, especially if you watch home improvement shows or read home improvement magazines. But what exactly is curb appeal and how do you know if you have it or not?
In simple terms, curb appeal is what leads to an emotional state of mind as one first comes onto a home's property. The emotional state of mind that one gets can be either positive or negative. Do you get a warm and fuzzy feeling or do you want to turn and leave?
Most homeowners will landscape their property to fit their own needs and desires. This is fine. But when it comes time to sell the home, bringing in a professional landscaper to get an unbiased opinion can be priceless. What you think looks wonderful may not strike others in the same way. It is best to get a second opinion before the prospective buyers show up.
Flowers nearly always work wonders. If the season is right, plant some colorful flowers along the walkway that leads to the front door. This is a fast and affordable way to bring flair to any yard. It also helps to define the walkway as a landscaping feature. You may want to visit your local nursery in advance and get some advice from a professional florist as to what types of flowers are in season and the best way to plant and care for them once they are in the ground.
Another great way to add some freshness and excitement is to use potted plants at the front door or close to it. Various sizes of pots can add a nice touch to the front entrance-way. You can find online vendors who sell all manner of pots and potted plants at very reasonable prices.
One mistake that homeowners often make, usually due to forgetfulness, is to keep bushes and hedges trimmed. If you are planning an open house, this should be done a few days ahead of the opening. If you are not sure how to trim bushes and hedges, call your local grounds contractor and they can do it for you.
Another very nice touch is to add fresh mulch around trees and shrubbery. If need be, take a few minutes to rake up the old mulch before adding the new.
You can certainly increase your home's curb appeal by improving the look of your concrete drive or pathway. Companies like Sundek of San Antonio can coat your driveway with a thin cement based material that will make your concrete new again whle also making your concrete driveway easy to clean and maintain.
Washing your windows is also a fast and affordable way to add curb appeal. Clean windows are a sign of a clean home and that can go a long way to making home buyers feel comfortable.
You need to keep an eye on the walkways and driveway. If you see leaves gather there or other types of debris, sweep it up.
For just a few dollars, you can buy a new welcome mat that matches your home's décor. This is a very good way to make visitors feel at home as it gives them something to wipe their feet on as well as brings to mind the idea of "home"