Springtime Curb Appeal

Early spring means brown lawns, leafless bushes and
trees, and a depressing lack of colour. 

Improving curb appeal has shown to increase not only your property’s value, but also the property values of your entire
neighbourhood.  Whether you are selling or staying
put, here are five tips that can help you on your way to
a beautiful home.

1. Sidewalks and Driveways:
This may be the first part of your property that your
guests or prospective buyers step foot on.  Literally.
Fix cracks and uneven sections.  This project may
require a bit more professional attention, but will give
buyers the impression that your entire home, not just
the entrance, has been maintained.

An affordable, virtually maintenance free option for
sprucing up your paths is concrete stain.  It can cost
around $30 a gallon and requires very little prep work.
This is a do-it-yourself project.  Consider picking a
colour that is in the same colour family as that of your
home.  A blue home could be happily complemented
by a gray drive.

2. Accent Door:
It has been called the lipstick on the lady.  It’s inviting
and it draws visitors – or buyers – in to your home.  A
plain door tends to recede into the background.
Consider a contrasting colour to the siding of your
home. 

On the colour wheel, green is opposite red and
yellow is opposite blue.  Don’t be afraid to be daring …
a burgundy.  Just a pint of paint can cover most doors,
and if you don’t like the result – you can try another
colour!

3. Trimming Trees:
Stand in front of your home and take a close and fresh
look at your trees and bushes.  Are there branches that
have become overgrown and now obstruct the view of
the home?

You want your landscaping to complement your
home, not hide it.  Trees should frame paths and
entries.  To trim tree branches yourself you can buy a
pole pruner or chain saw.  Or you can hire a
professional, who has experience in shaping trees.
Keep in mind, however, that spring is NOT the time
to prune flowering trees or maples.  These should be
done in late Summer and early Fall.

4.  Early Spring Planting:
Once you feel that your home will not see another
frost, then, you may be safe to plant a few hardy
annuals to add some pops of colour to your yard. 
Even if a frost catches you by surprise – you can
cover the plants for the evening to save them from
succumbing to the cold.

Some plants can give you an early burst of colour:
• Pansies:  these bolts of colour can even
survive winter in some areas
• Calendula: these “pot marigolds” are a
versatile plant
• Violets:  heart shapes petals
• Other options:  cornflower, foxglove,
larkspur, sweet alyssum, dianthus, baby’s
breath, bells of Ireland, blue sage, candytuft,
celome, forget-me-nots, love-in-a-mist,
snow-on-the-mountain, strawflower, and
torenia.

5.  Outdoor Lighting:
Low voltage (12-volt) and solar lighting are great
options for improving curb appeal.
There are hundreds of designs of solar lights.  These
small fixtures are generally set on stakes in the
ground and can be used to accent paths or gardens. 
And they are a great do-it-yourself option.

Also, consider using uplighting on trees to create
night-time focal points – great for buyers doing after
work drive by inspections!

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