1 Sidewalks and Driveways
This may be the first part of your property that your guests or prospective buyers step foot on, literally.
An affordable, virtually maintenance free option for sprucing up your paths is concrete stain. This do-it-yourself project can cost around $30 a gallon and requires very little prep work. Consider picking a color that is in the same color family as that of your home. A blue home could be happily complemented by a gray drive.
Another tip: fix cracks and uneven sections of your sidewalk and pathways. This project may require a bit more professional attention but will give buyers the right impression - that your entire home has been maintained.
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 color to your home's exterior. On the color wheel, green is opposite red and yellow is opposite blue. Don't be afraid to be daring. Just a pint of paint can cover most doors and if you don't like the result you can try another color!
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 your home? You want your landscaping to complement your home, not hide it. Trees, shrubs, bushes should just frame paths and entries, not obstruct them.
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 types of trees should be pruned in late Summer or early Fall.
4 Early Spring Planting
The last frost date varies by area. It also varies from year to year. If you feel that your home will not see another frost then you may be safe to plant a few hardy annuals to add some pop of color to your yard. Even if a frost catches you by surprise, you can cover the plants for the evening to save them from the cold.
Some plants that can give you an early burst of color:
Pansies - these bolts of color can even survive Winter
Calendula - these "pot marigolds" are a versatile plant
Violets - heart shaped petals create vibrant color spots
Other options - cornflower, foxglove, larkspur, sweet alyssum, dianthus
Cleaning out your garden beds also adds an element of neatness that conveys the right message!
5 Outdoor Lighting
Low voltage (12 volt) and solar lighting are good options for improving curb appeal. There are hundreds of designs of solar lights. These small fixtures generally sit on stakes in the ground and can be used to accent paths or gardens and are a great do-it-yourself option.
Also, consider using uplighting on trees to create night-time focal points. This is a great way to showcase your home for those driving by after work.
I better get busy!
Until next time,
la chasse au bonheur