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7 Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal This Spring

April 4th, 2013 | by The Update
6117 Meadow Road in Preston Hollow - Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale in Dallas Fort Worth - front door

This pretty front porch at 6117 Meadow Road in Preston Hollow is full of curb appeal. Listed by Lindy Mahoney with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Spring market may be well underway, but it’s not too late to get your home ready to sell! Curb appeal is incredibly important when selling your home. Particularly in the spring and summer seasons, you’ll want to show off as much natural beauty and exterior appeal that your home has.

Here are a seven helpful tips from MSN Real Estate on how to increase your home’s curb appeal this spring:

1. Get out the power washer

Your home has taken a beating over the winter. The front porch likely has a layer of dirt and salt scum, and the windows could probably use a good washing. Rent or borrow a power washer and give the exterior of your home a good cleaning. Go over the windows with cleaner and follow this spring-cleaning checklist to make sure everything is spotless.

2. Clean out flower beds

You might not have flowers coming up in your beds yet, but make sure they’re presentable. Trim dormant ornamental grasses and hostas to the ground, and clean out any leaves and sticks that piled up in the winter.

3. Trim branches

If you haven’t already done so, go out to the street and make sure that no shrubs or low-hanging tree branches block the view of your home. You want potential buyers to get a clear look at the house when they drive by. If there are any obstructions, trim them back now.

4. Prune flowering shrubs

Flowering shrubs should be pruned after they’ve flowered. Plants such as forsythias and rhododendrons might be blooming now, or they will be soon. It’s important to shape these shrubs for the best visual effect, but hold off until their flowers have faded. This will keep the plant healthy and give you — or the next homeowner — more buds next year.

5. Plant in containers

It might still be too cold in your part of the country to put annuals in the bed, but you can add life and color to your yard with container gardening. Buy some colorful pots and fill them with vibrant flowers. You can place pots on your front porch, going down your front steps or even in your flower beds.

6. Look at your gutters

If you have leaves and sticks hanging out of your gutters from winter storms, drag out the ladder and clean them out. Your home must look trim and tidy, and dirty gutters are an eyesore to potential buyers.

7. Add mulch

Mulch always looks a bit sad after winter; it gets spread around and blown about. Adding a thick new layer of mulch can work wonders for your home’s curb appeal.

Read the original article here on MSN Real Estate.

Click here to see more of our recently posted home staging and decor tips.

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