Whether you are considering selling your home, or just want to dress it up a bit for the Fall, there are some easy things that you can do that will change the front of your home, and, with a bit of planning, will not cost you a great deal of money. Whether you live in Piedmont, Berkeley or Alameda, the principals remain the same.

The key is to step away from your home. Drive or walk away from your house, and then come back with the idea of seeing your home from the eyes of a stranger or potential home buyer. Ask yourself what impression are you giving them? Check and repair the following:

a. Remove all debris from the front of the house. Include the gutters, the sidewalks, the garden beds, and the all the yards, both front and back.

b. Weed and remove all dead plants, overgrown shrubs, and overhanging tree branches.

c. Check all walkways into the home. Make sure that the paving stones are level and safe.

d. Wash all your windows. Clean windows will always make a home extra appealing.

e. Plant seasonal flowers and bushes so that the front has a bright, fresh and clean look.

f. Consider painting worn portions of the front of the home. If you cannot afford to paint all of the front, concentrate on the home’s trim and front door. Choose these colors, with the idea of brightening up the whole exterior.

g. Update your fixtures. Put up fresh new lighting. It will do wonders to brighten your home at night. Put up new house numbers, and a new mailbox.

To get started on these projects, consider starting with your nearest home improvement store. There are people there who will be pleased to guide you in the right direction. Plan to shop their sales to get the best use of your investment money. Additionally, their plants will always be seasonal, so that will make your choices easier. In summary, these are really quite simple and inexpensive ways to improve your home, whether for pleasure or for sale.

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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