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Curb appeal adds a “wow factor” to homes every time`

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By Brenda Seagroves

Keller Williams Realtor


Is there a house you just love to drive by? No matter what time of day or night, if you’re in the area, do you just have to drive by and get a quick fix?


With a few of my tips, you can turn your house into that “ooh la la” house you’re so fixated on.


The focal point of your house or any house is generally the front door; so make that baby sing. A fresh coat of a brilliant color, perhaps electric blue or bright yellow! If you’re not cut out for the bright factor, simply stain and varnish to make it sparkle. You might also change any old or outdated hardware.


Installing outdoor lighting is not only very appealing; it provides safety and security. Most hardware stores have inexpensive, do it yourself kits. No need to earn a degree. I’ve installed them myself (which is pretty awesome, I might add). Solar lights are less expensive and don’t require manual labor. Simply stick them in the ground and…voila.(Lee put an accent over voila’s a, pointing down on the right side.


This may sound a little tedious but after a long winter’s nap, our house can become dusty and dirty. Consider having a few friends over to give her a good scrub down. Turn it into a party and offer a bbq once the work is done.


If you use a power washer, be very careful. You might just scrub the paint right off. Don’t forget the windows (inside and out)! Sparkle sells.


Don’t forget the flowers. A beautiful flowerbed draws everyone’s attention. Place a couple of flowerpots on either side of the front door for a welcoming scene.


Evergreens are always gorgeous, especially in spiral form. To me, they exude richness and class. Don’t skimp on the mulch to tie everything together and make your flowers even more vibrant.


Do you have that big mighty tree standing tall in your front yard? A good pruning will make a world of difference. Also you might add a flowerbed around the base or better yet; skirt it with a wooden seat, for a park like feel. Who doesn’t want to sit under a big ol’ shade tree?


Spruce up your mailbox. If it’s by the curb, I think it’s always pleasing to have greenery around it with a flowerpot or two for an extra pop of color. As for the mailboxes attached to the house, like mine, add a little extra class by updating it from the generic rectangle box. There are so many options to choose from.


Now that spring is upon us, and hopefully – with no more of that white fluffy stuff – get out and plant some flowers. Create the “wow factor” every potential buyer wants.


According to the 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com), gardening and landscaping efforts pay off; curb appeal projects are rated among the most valuable home improvement projects. A sparkly, clean, manicured exterior can really make a home stand out. You never get a second chance at a first impression, so make it count.


Call me, Brenda Seagroves, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty Elite at 405-824-6566. I am your historic home specialist.

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