Maintaining Curb Appeal All Summer Long

Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Danny Peterson

Curb appeal.For most of us, it’s one of the central concerns of home maintenance. If your home has optimal curb appeal—if it makes a great first impression with potential buyers—then you’re much more likely to sell the place quickly, and for a better price. For those who do not plan to sell any time soon, curb appeal is still essential; a well-maintained and attractive home fills you with pride. Maintaining curb appeal is a seasonal challenge. That is, it’s a bit different in winter than in spring. Summer, likewise, brings with it some unique challenges. And since summer is really not too far away, perhaps now is a good time to think through some of the big, summer-specific curb appeal challenges.

The Grass is Always Greener… 

A huge component of curb appeal actually has nothing to do with the house itself, and everything to do with the landscaping. Maximizing curb appeal means ensuring that you have a lawn that’s well-maintained, lush, and green. That’s one thought in theory but quite another thing during the hottest months of summer, when many homeowners struggle to keep their grass at its greenest. Hopefully you have figured out an approach to irrigation that keeps your grass alive, but what happens if you have not? One solution is to simply reduce the amount of lawn space you have. Plant some shrubs or build some flower beds to cut back on the green space out front; this will not necessarily lessen the amount of outdoor maintenance you have to do, but it might at least make it easier to keep everything alive! Regardless, do make sure that you keep the lawn trim, especially when your house is on the market. Pay special attention to edging around the sidewalk, and don’t ever let the lawn become overgrown.

Add Some Life 

Another way to boost your home’s curb appeal is to bring a splash of color to it. One option is to repaint or replace your entry door, a home investment that tends to add tremendous value. Something a little less time-consuming, but still effective, is to put some container gardens near your front door; get some big pots and some lovely, colorful plants that will splash warmth and vibrancy across your entry way.

Fix Up Outdoor Areas 

When the weather is warm, everyone wants to spend a bit more time in outdoor areas—porches, patios, gardens, and so on. That’s great if you have these outdoor areas, but it also brings with it another curb concern: You need to ensure that these areas look their best. Go around to all of your outdoor paths and living spaces and make sure you replace any stones that are broken or loose. Spray everything down with the hose, or even use a pressure washer if you have access to one. Clear away any weeds or debris that detract from the area’s coziness. You may also wish to re-stain your porch or your deck. Also go around to any fences you have to repair areas that are sagging, and if your mailbox is a little wobbly try to anchor it better. Calling a handyman may be necessary for some of these tasks.

Keeping an Appealing Home Year-Round 

Curb appeal is never unimportant for homeowners. In addition to the reasons we listed above, we’ll add this: When you invest in home maintenance, you ultimately prevent problems or issues that could arise otherwise, and prove costly to address. Summer brings its own set of curb appeal challenges—but for homeowners, it’s vital to rise to meet them, one way or another.

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