It's Worth Your Investment
YardDoc landscaping and handyman teams have helped dozens of homeowners increase the value of their property with curb appeal.
One recent study found that curb appeal accounts for up to 7% of a house's sale price. Another study reveals the curb appeal premium rises to as high as 14% in slower real estate markets with greater housing inventory, as published in the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.
The Real estate market is booming in Austin. It's a great time for home buyers, sellers, and investors to boost curb appeal.
How Do I Enhance Curb Appeal?
Start with curb appeal basics for the front yard.
Plants, Shrubs, and Trees
Replace dead, unhealthy, and missing plants and shrubs. Trim overgrown plants that block or close off the front of your home.
Take the time to trim and prune trees to remove dead branches, improve the shape, and keep limbs away from the siding and roof. But remember that each cut has the potential to change the growth of the tree. Improper pruning can create lasting damage or even shorten the tree's life.
Also use lighting to welcome visitors to the front door, illuminate pathways and the driveway, and deter unwanted wildlife. Ensure the exterior house lights are functioning and bright. A simple update to the fixtures adds curb appeal.
Matching hardware is another great way to add style affordably. When light fixtures, doorknobs, mailboxes, and house numbers match, they add a terrific aesthetic to your home.
Be sure to follow the city of Austin's exterior lighting ordinance.
One of the most cost-effective ways to increase curb appeal landscaping is by applying a fresh layer of mulch. It looks like a new landscape feature and also suppresses weed growth.
Mulching offers the long-term benefit of helping the soil retain moisture so your plants get the water they need to survive. Certain types of mulch, like cypress, cedar, and pinewood chips, repel ticks, gnats, and fleas.
More Curb Appeal Ideas
According to a Zillow study, the right paint color on the front door can add thousands to a home's sale price. Exterior painting can also make or break your curb appeal.
Add a low fence to to give your home's appearance a sense of privacy and security. An existing fence should be in good repair and freshened with paint or stain.
- Porch Updates
Keep it clean, uncluttered, and well-maintained. Porch painting does wonders to freshen your exterior and welcome guests inside.
- Window Cleaning
Dirty, dingy windows really dull the look of your home. Make sure your windows are in working order and squeaky clean.
- Gutter Cleaning
Gutter cleaning is an inexpensive service as compared to the damage caused by poorly performing gutters.
- Pressure Washing
Professional pressure washing is one of the most noticeable and low-cost improvements you can make to increase curb appeal.
Give the Front of Your House Some TLC
YardDoc is a team of talented craftspeople who take care of everything in your yard, from swimming pool maintenance to pest control and landscaping to handyman services.
We can partner with you affordably to step up your curb appeal for a stunning view from the street. In doing so, you're also increasing your property value and decreasing costly maintenance and repairs in the future. Take a look at our customer reviews and blog!
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