4 Fundamental Factors for Fantastic First Impression Curb Appeal
- Mailbox Area
- The House Exterior
- The Front Door
- The Landscape
Mailbox Area– This is how we are finding the address.
- clear and visible numbers
- use same material/paint on house and mailbox-creates cohesion
- remove bee attracting flowers
- remove shrubs higher than 3 feet-hinders car views
- add colorful annuals-use 1 variety of the same color
House Exterior– should be pressure washed, shutters hung straight, cracks in mortar are fixed. Debris like leaves or small trees removed from gutters. If there are trees overhanging the house, suggest removing.
- leaves in gutters
- creates mildew on roof-holds in moisture
- easy access for ants and other unwanted creatures
- ice on branches-damage home
The Front Door– view from a visitor’s perspective
- fresh coat of paint
- shrubs cut back-no higher than 2-3 feet
- add color-pots, annuals, wreath (use same annuals as front door plantings)
- make sure it is visible from the street (inviting and safe)
The Landscape– does the overall look of the front landscape appeal to buyers?
- grass areas- turn slopes and patchy grass areas into plant beds
- foundation plants- 75% should be evergreen plants
- driveway and walkway to front door- cut back any overhanging trees and shrubs and remove those with thorns
- condition of trees and shrubs- remove any dead or dying plant material. Do not shear broad-leafed evergreens
- plant beds- create a manicured edge with a spade. 1 bale of pine needles will cover 5 x 5 square foot area
- remove runway lighting-purchase a lighting kit for under $100 including a few path lights and uplights
- erosion problems- hide the soil with mulch if downspouts are eroding soil
- remove personal garden art-pink flamingoes, gazing balls, flag poles, fences without purpose, etc.
Landscape Designer Diana Digs Dirt is open Thursday-Saturday from 11-3:30 414-b State Street in Greensboro