Good Fences, Good Neighbors: Tips To Raise The Curb Appeal Of Your Home

31 March 2015
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Spring is sprung; the birds are singing, and the plants are poking their heads out of the dirt. As lovely as the bursts of color can be after a winter of white and grey, spring can be a hassle when you're trying to sell your home. If you're looking for ways to raise the curb appeal of your home and working with, rather than against, the flow of spring plants, pollen, and pests, then here's what you need to know.

Tip #1: Construct a Fence

Springtime is when you pay for leaving that fencing project off for another time; the dead leaves, newly spouting plants, and nasty creepy-crawlies off your neighbors' lawns come migrating to yours and encourage your curb appeal to dive-bomb. In order to avoid having to deal with those nuisances (and to keep your curb appeal high), you should take the first clear weekend possible and install a fence.

The type of fence you want will depend on the rules of your home-owner's association, the climate you live in, and the style of your home, but you should take care to protect your fence from the elements. Weather-beaten fences can actually hurt the curb appeal of your home more than not having a fence at all. For more information, contact Mills Fence or a similar company.

Tip #2: Invest in (Good) Gardening Equipment

Unless you're planning on moving to the heart of a bustling metropolis, it can't hurt to invest in just a few quality pieces of gardening equipment, since you can take them with you nearly anywhere you go. Proper gardening equipment makes digging out weeds much easier, and enables you to do the same amount of work with half the effort, as good tools keep their shape, sharpness, and varnish better.

Prune your bushes and trees with sharpened pruning shears early and often to make sure they stay in good shape and are more aesthetically pleasing. Well-kept bushes are the second-most important curb appeal items; the first being...

Tip #3: Encourage Your Lawn

Few things are as attractive as a well-kept lawn -- and few things turn a prospective home buyer off as quickly as a sprawling, yellow lawn gone completely to seed. In order to avoid this eyesore, take care to cut your grass to the proper height for its species, and make sure to keep it well watered -- anywhere from once a day (in wet climates) to three times a day (in desert climates) should do.