Creating Maximum Curb Appeal

Spring time in Chattanooga is gorgeous. The weather is perfect — not too hot yet — and most people yearn to be outside. Going a few extra steps to spruce up your lot and the exterior of your home make being outside that much nicer. Plus, if you are selling your home, you will be maximizing curb appeal.3396551

First, take care of the basics:

  • Pressure wash siding, sidewalks, railings, and so on.
  • Spot paint if necessary.
  • Pick up any sticks or debris.
  • Wash windows.
  • Check for loose shingles.
  • Clean the gutters.

Then, move on to more subtle changes:

How does your front door look? Would it benefit from a coat of paint, maybe in a fresh, vibrant color? What about new hardware? A new doorknob can make a big difference in the overall look of your entryway.

Do you have any flower beds, and if so, do they need extra attention? Simply adding a layer of mulch and planting a couple of flats of annuals for color can take your beds from “ho hum” to “wow!”

If you have hedges, do they need a trim? Keeping the shrubbery nice and neat helps create the appearance of a well-cared-for home.

How does your lawn look? Do you need to spread some grass seed? You don’t have to be on the lookout for every dandelion that dares to show its face in your yard, but making sure there are no bare patches or scraggly edges can change the perception of your yard.

Homes with porches may have porch furniture that needs cleaning, flower pots that need flowers, and steps that require maintenance. The same is true for decks and patios. These areas are extensions of your home and can add to — or detract from — the way other people see it.