Add Curb Appeal

Help your home look its best with these simple steps from 417-land real estate pros.

By Ettie Berneking

Mar 2015


1. “Use a mix of perennials and annuals in your landscaping. And always use fresh mulch each year. What’s trendy now is the black mulch, and it’s beautiful.”—Ava Snyder with Murney Associates, Realtors

2. “Flower gardens and neatly pruned shrubbery give a great impression.”—Ethel Curbow with Coldwell Banker

3. “If you have large trees in the front, raise the lower branches, so you can clear the viewpoint to the front of the house.”—Ava Snyder with Murney Associates, Realtors

4. “Make sure the front door and porch are maintained. Add a coat of paint every few years.”—Ethel Curbow with Coldwell Banker

5. “Powerwash every three years. If your house faces north, do this once a year since mildew grows fastest on the north side.”—Ava Snyder with Murney Associates, Realtors

6. “Paint your garage door. This will lengthen the life of the garage door.”—Ava Snyder with Murney Associates, Realtors

7. “Be wary of too many yard ornaments, which sometimes make the front look junky.”—Ethel Curbow with Coldwell Banker

8. “Powerwash your driveway and sidewalks. You get a lot of dirt and grime from tires and weather, so get out there and wash it off. I’ve had a client who had a lot of mildew on their driveway from a gutter nearby. The difference is night and day. It’s easy to do and is an immediate improvement.”—Ava Snyder with Murney Associates, Realtors