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    Boost Your Curb Appeal in Time for Summer

    First impressions do matter, especially in real estate- it’s called curb appeal.

    A home without a welcoming exterior will defer buyers away, even if the interior is stunning. You don’t need a hefty budget to boost your home’s curb appeal, as long as you have some color, contrast, and balance. With summer closing in, buyer’s will expect a well landscaped home. Make your home the best on the block with these curb appeal ideas.

     

    1. Paint Your Front Door – A beautiful freshly painted front door can completely refresh your home. Choose a classic color like navy blue or charcoal, or a bold color like bright yellow.
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    2. Balance Garden Beds – Layering textures and colors to your garden will make them stand out. Put taller plants in the back and shorter ones in the front to get the full effect of a healthy, thriving home garden.
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    3. Illuminate the Front Path – A clear path to your front door provides security and warmth. Tuck solar-powered lights into garden beds along the path and aim them at it.
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    4. Mulch – Adding fresh mulch to your yard will help bring contrast and color to your garden beds- and will help keep away weeds.

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    5. Update Hardware – Don’t underestimate the power of upgrading little things such as your home’s street numbers. They can be updated in as little as 15 minutes and for less than $20. Try using bold metals, such as gold or copper instead of classic charcoal or black. Continue these metal choices as you update the front door handle, doorbell, hinges, and porch lights.
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    6. Add Potted Plants – Now that Spring is in full swing, plants are a must. Fresh vegetation will breathe life into your outside space and show buyers that your home is well-cared for. Use varying heights and types to add pops of color. Place them on your front porch steps, along your pathway, and hang them. Seasonal wreaths look great on the front door, too.
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    7. Update Garage Doors – If you own a garage, make sure it isn’t an eyesoar. Garages tend to lack detail and depth compared to the rest of the home.Adding magnetic fixtures or hardware and a fresh coat of paint should do the trick.
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    8. Replace Outdoor Furniture – Outdoor furniture tends to get rained on, dirty, and covered with leaves, pollen, sticks, and more. Consider purchasing and replacing new furniture, or if this isn’t in the budget, make sure to clean existing furniture thoroughly. You can even spray paint outdoor benches and add pillows to upgrade the look of them.
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    9. Clean – A cleaning session can do wonders for your curb appeal. You might not even realize how dirty the exterior of your home is until after you power wash and sweep it.
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    10. Replace Your Mailbox – Details matter, so if your mailbox is old, rusty, or falling apart- it’s time to purchase a new one. This will help boost your curb appeal and will be more functional for your buyer.

     

    If you’re looking to sell your home, call 410.465.6900 or contact us virtually to make your home the best on the block.


    Sources Cited: RealSimple.com

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