5 Ways to Boost Home Value Outdoors

Suburban 2-story Home
By trimming back bushes, removing yard debris, and keeping doors and shutters maintained, your home will increase in curb appeal and in value.

Happy Spring Ya’ll! Anyone feel like the first quarter of 2019 in Northern Kentucky has dragged a bit? No? Just me? Ok. Well, this week is looking to be sunny and seasonable which means we can actually open our windows and go outside. So what if I told you, you could enjoy the outdoors and increase your home’s value at the same time, all in a weekend? What if I told you, it’d only require you to look at the front of your home? Are you game? Let’s go then.

1. Pick up yard “waste”.

Winter allows us to forget (temporarily) about maintaining our yards and also the land mines that may accumulate from either your dog or a neighborhood dog. Survey the land and pick up any waste a dog may have left. While poop makes a great fertilizer, if you plan on selling your home soon, it’s not something people appreciate when home searching/buying.

In addition to this, picking up trash that may have found its way onto your yard can only benefit you so grab a bag and get goin’.

2. Clear gardens and prune the bushes.

Pulling weeds can be a great way to skip the gym and still get a good workout. Removing last years blooms will allow for new ones to grow in the spring and it will improve the overall curb appeal of your home.

While you’re pulling weeds, take a minute to inspect trees and bushes for damage from the harsh elements. Remove any brown spots in shrubs and trim back any branches now before the leaves come in and the task becomes 10x harder.

3. Turn the water on, fix any leaks.

If you never turned the water off to your hose connections or the hose was left (it was an accident I’m sure) outside all winter long, you may find yourself with a bit of a mess come spring.

Either way, now is a great time to get that hose back up and running so that if there are any issues such as leaks or cracks, you do not end up with a large water bill or a puddle the size of the Ohio River in your yard (or basement).

4. Clean/paint your front door (and shutters if you have them).

A good scrubbing of your front door, garage door(s), and shutters if you have them, can make a huge difference. Especially if your doors are very light or very dark. This article on Hunker explains how to make an easy natural cleaning solution and from there, how to add in more powerful solvents to get the job done.

If you’re looking to change it up this year or your doors are looking a little rough and need some paint, I love PPG’s color visualizer. Here, you can upload a photo of your own home and try on colors before buying anything. And PPG is a known and trusted brand with local stores around Northern Kentucky so once you find a color, write it down and bring it to them and they will help you with what type of paint you need to buy, easy peasy.

5. Sweep. Yes, outside.

Finally, grab a broom like this one. It’s called a corn broom. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you can find it on Amazon or go to Home Depot or Lowes to get one.

Now sweep every solid surface you have. Stairs, sidewalk, walkways, even your garage. The great part of sweeping outside is that, as long as you don’t have massive amount of debris or trash on your walkways you can sweep the dirt back into your lawn.

Extra Credit:

While many HOA communities do not allow this, there are still some neighbors in Kenton, Boone, and Campbell County who still have not removed the Christmas decor from their house and yard.

Unless you are looking for a physical invitation to remove them, this weekend leaves you with no excuse. Grab the ladder, if you live in Kenton County, you can rent one from the library through Empower Tools, and remove the icicle lights. We promise we won’t judge.

If you don’t own your own home and would like your own front door to paint whatever color you’d like (within reason, some HOAs do have regulations) I’m just a call or text to 859-667-2463 or email away, erica@ericawisher.com.

Erica Wisher, Successfully Managing Real Estate Transactions

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