Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Enhance Your Curb Appeal in Millburn-Short Hills!

Spring is in the air…I can feel it. That means that favorable weather is in our future and that makes for the perfect time to spruce up our front yards (and back!) for a new look that makes your home stand out. Whether you are in the position to sell your home, or you are just looking for new ways to keep the appearance of your home in Millburn-Short Hills looking clean and fresh, these tips will help you accomplish just that without breaking the bank.

Landscaping: While many of us love full gardens filled with gorgeous plants and flowers, they can become a problem if we let them get out of control. For ultimate curb appeal, make sure that you are keeping the hedges trimmed, the flowerbed well-kempt and the lawn mowed. The goal is to be pretty while not overwhelming the walkway. If this is sounding a bit pricey, container plants placed by the front door or hung from the porches’ ceiling will create a fun and inviting look. These simple enhancements create an enjoyable Sunday afternoon and don’t cost a thing.

Paint: A good paint job can go a long way. You may have encountered this when buying your first home or after changing some of the colors in your current home. Paint can turn something dull and gray into something bright and full of life. Consider this when thinking of ways to boost your home’s curb appeal. Even if you are happy with your exterior’s current hue, changing it up can give your home a whole new personality and is sure to turn heads.

Pressure Wash: Take a walk around your home and carefully examine the siding. If you see any mildew, dirt or grime, it may be time to consider pressure washing. Using a pressure washer will flawlessly remove unwanted mud or other marks and stains found on your home’s siding. A presser washer can also be applied to porches and decks, where outdoor exposure can take its toll.

Clean Windows and Gutters: Even from a distance dirty gutters and windows can be noticed. To enhance your home’s curb appeal, make sure that you are keeping up with these two items. While it can be a task that is more tedious and time consuming, it’s necessary for a sparkling home.

Quick Money Savers:

-Outdoor lighting: Hardware stores and home goods stores often times have outdoor light fixtures on sale for as little as $20-$30 each.

-Walkway Lighting: Lighting up and down the sides of your driveway or sidewalk leading to the front door can do wonders for curb appeal. They will make your home stand out from afar after dark and provide guidance for evening and nighttime visitors.

Getting any ideas yet? For more tips and tricks on how to enhance your curb appeal in Millburn-Short Hills, contact me and I’d be happy to help! I’d also love to assist you in your next home purchase or home sale.

Elaine Pruzon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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