Recently, in Part 1, we discussed the importance of curb appeal and updating your porch and entrance of your Oakland or Piedmont home. By creating an immediately pleasant first impression, buyers will look forward to the inside of your home.  In Part 2, we will discuss practical and inexpensive ways to reach these goals. 

Here are some suggestions to move ahead:

1. Research Your Neighborhood's Climate To Determine The Best Plants To Purchase And Maintain For Your Area.

a. The Internet is an outstanding source for deciding which plants and grass will grow well around your home.

b. Use all your research resources to do your homework.  Books, neighbors, trips through the neighborhood, etc..

c. Talk with your local nurserymen  They know the area, and will enjoy helping you make design plans. 

d. Competition between grocery, outlet and home design centers now allow you to get outstanding buys on your purchases.  Take time to check the weekly ads.  It is well worth while.

e. In summary, do your research, because in the long run, planting inappropriate plants and bushes will cost you more in the long run.  You will end up replacing dying flowers, and wasting a lot of your funds.

2. Start Small Financially, And Work Up To An Outstanding Presentation.

a. You don't have to do everything at once, unless your home sale is imminent.

b. Search your neighborhood for ideas and designs.  If you see a home that is particularly appealing, analyze and record what makes it so.

c. Look for bargains, sales, coupons and combination offers that will save you money.

d. Concentrate on one area at a time.  Improve it, and move on to the next.

Lastly, make this fun.  If it is fun, you and your family will work harder, and feel more satisfied when you are done.  Any improvements that you make will always benefit you and your home's value in the long run.


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