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Spring Into Curb Appeal

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Now we all know that first impressions are key and a beautiful inviting front yard and entry along with a back yard that speaks of barbecues and family fun will create that emotional connection that sells.  But hey, even if you aren’t planning on selling isn’t it so much nicer to come home to a yard that makes you smile and release that pent up tension in your shoulder blades over coming home to a drab boring front yard that does nothing to lift your spirits?  Or worse, a weed filled over grown yard that just adds the weight of “one more thing to do” to your already over burdened life. You’ve all heard me talk about the three C’s of staging right?  Clean, Clutter free and Color.  Apply the same three C’s to your yard.

Clean

So what’s the most important thing you can do for the inside of the home? Clean it! What’s the most important thing you can do to the outside? You guessed it. Clean it! Pressure wash walk ways, decks and driveways to clean off the winter moss build up.  If the paint is in good shape but the home is dingy try pressure washing the siding to polish the exterior. Weed all flower beds and take out any plants that are dead or dying. Keep the lawn mowed and edged. It’s spring, and with our rain lawns grow lush green and well, high. Don’t make the mistake of mowing once and not keeping the lawn maintained. I know this sounds like common sense but I’m amazed at how many homes I drive by with for sale signs that haven’t done this simple first step.

Clutter

De-clutter the yard.  Now I’m not talking about collecting the junk that was left in the yard by that disgruntled previous owner or simply through years of overlooking stuff until you ?get around to it?. That’s a given. Take a hard look at flower beds. Just as too much furniture in a home overwhelms the space and creates clutter, too many plants in the flower beds overwhelm and create a messy look. If you’re not sure which plants are going to come back and bloom or which plants will grow fast enough to take over the whole flower bed it’s worth your while to hire a landscaper to come in and help with that decision. In some cases the yard may be so over grown that the easiest and least expensive answer is to take everything out and start over. Just as inside a home less is more if its artfully done.

Color

Finally color, the easiest way to add color is to buy a couple of flats of annuals from the local Home Depot or Lowes. Since the color of the year is Honeysuckle or hot pink, why not add some hardy hot pink primroses?  Or a startling bright pink petunia?  Adding fresh bark to beds is the final touch. Not only does bark help to keep beds weed free, it adds color and a wonderful fresh smell as buyers walk to the front door or explore the back yard.  It’s amazing how some simple low cost changes can make such a powerful impact. Enjoy the spring colors whether you are staging your yard to sell or staging your own yard for spring!

Do you have specific staging questions? Send me an email and I will feature your question with an answer on my biweekly radio show on the Chat with Women Network.  Listen in every other Wednesday morning on KKNW 1150 AM radio from 8:00am to 9:00am!

About the author…
Pam Christensen is an Accredited Staging Professional Master who specializes in working with investors to help them maximize their return on investment by providing high quality staging that get results!  Staging for Charisma, [email protected]
www.stagingforcharisma.com.

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