With this time of year comes mild weather in Florida. Getting outside to work in your yard is something you’re probably doing or getting ready to do, and if you look around you, your neighbors probably are, too.
The home you live in now may be your dream home, your starter home, your forever home, or something in between. Whether you’re looking to sell your home in the near future or many years from now, there are things you can do to create curb appeal that not only you will love, but that the future owners of your home will love, too.
Clean up your home's exterior.
First and foremost, you should take the time to properly clean the outside of your home. A thorough pressure wash will do it good, and can help extend the life of your home. Regularly scheduled pressure washing can save money on costly exterior repairs. It keeps rot, decay, and premature aging of your home at bay.
There are a few ways you can add a punch of color to your home in order to make it more inviting and friendly to your guests:
- A colorful front door can add a pop of color to your house, and a can of paint costs next to nothing. It’s one of the easiest ways to upgrade any space in your house, whether inside or outside.
- Place potted plants around your front entryway, whether it’s on steps you have leading up to your door, or as accents on either side of the door. This simple splash of color can go a long way to making your house look homey. It’s easy (and affordable) to change out the plants for each season. Poinsettias will look good right now, but something bright and colorful will look better in the spring, and mums are perfect for the fall.
Give your yard a manicure.
A yard that has a freshly mowed lawn, trimmed bushes and shrubs, and fresh mulch will look better than one that doesn’t. The fall is also one of the best times of the year to fertilize your lawn, so take advantage of the cooler weather and do that, too.
#ProTip: When you keep up with your lawn on a regular basis, the upkeep is much easier than when you let your yard go and have to play catch-up all the time.
Make-over your mailbox.
Your mailbox can take a beating over the years, and it's often the last thing you think of when you’re making that home improvement to-do list. While the mailbox may not be a huge selling point when you are ready for that step, it’s the little things you take care of that will add up when future homeowners are checking out your place. If you take pride in all aspects of your home, it will show.
Put things away.
That’s right. If your trash cans or water hose are in plain sight, your house exterior is probably not as visually appealing as your neighbor who puts his or her trash cans away. Make sure you take the time to put away these things, pick up newspapers, and have your kids clean up their toys. In doing this, you are making sure your home is always show ready.
Often times, when it’s our own home, we’re more willing to look past the small details. Our biggest recommendation is to look at your house in the eyes of the buyer for things you may not notice on the regular. Remember the old adage, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...