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Update your curb appeal

Michelle McQuade | June 7, 2022

After the cold of winter, what better way to welcome spring than to enhance your landscaping? You not only get to give your yard much needed post-winter tending, you also get to improve your curb appeal.

Curb appeal can significantly increase the value of your home if you put it on the market. But even when you’re not planning on selling, giving your home a welcoming vibe can be truly rewarding for yourself, your family, and your community.

Update your curb appeal this spring

Here are some tips on how to improve your curb appeal this summer:

  1. Clean up the yard

    Winter can leave all kinds of debris and litter in your yard. The melting of snow can uncover dead leaves, pine cones, tree branches, and even dog or cat waste. Make sure to clean up and remove all clutter.

  2. Add mulch

    A new mulch application can instantly give your lawn or garden a fresher look. You also need it to help the soil retain moisture and bring back life to your plants.

  3. Tend to shrubs and flower beds
    Trim your shrubs, remove dead leaves and branches, and get rid of weeds. Replace plants and flowers that are in bad shape and look unsightly. If you want to give your yard an instant makeover, consider adding potted plants.

  4. Trim tree branches

    Overgrown branches can block sunlight and make your lawn or garden look unkempt. If they hang too close to your home, garage, or a walking path, they may also cause injury to a passing person or damage to your property. Trimming tree branches can be dangerous so you may need to hire a professional.

  5. Create a walkway

    Nothing says “welcome” more than a charming walkway from the street to your front door. If you already have one, make sure it is in good shape. Replace any broken tiles or bricks, or fill up cracks on a concrete surface. Adding pavers or lining the sides with plants can add to the walkway’s charm.

  6. Install outdoor lighting

    Outdoor lighting can create a wonderful mood in your garden at night. Install a combination of string lights and spotlights for a truly showstopping look and to make your garden safer for your family and guests. Outdoor lights can also help protect your home from burglars and intruders. Power saving LED or solar powered lights are good options for outdoor lighting.

  7. Power wash your exterior walls and paved surfaces

    Get rid of the grime and dirt that may have accumulated on your walkway, steps, decking, siding, and exterior walls by power washing. If you don’t have a power washer, use a standard garden hose with a washing attachment. A hose may also be used to clean your windows from the outside.

  8. Add colorful flowers at the entryway

    Potted flowers will not only make a charming addition to your landscaping, they can also do wonders on your entryway. They’re a surefire way to make your home feel warm and inviting. Flowers with soothing scents can enhance your mood, as well as that of your family and guests.

Learn more tips about enhancing your curb appeal

Putting your Cleveland, Ohio home on the market? Work only with one of the best local Realtors in the area. Call me, Michelle McQuade for more tips on enhancing your curb appeal and preparing your home so you can sell it fast and at the highest price.

Get in touch with me today at 440.823.2448 or send me an email at michellemcquade(at)howardhanna(dotted)com.

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