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Winter Home Improvement Projects That Will Get Your House Ready to Sell in the New Year

Are you thinking of selling your house in the new year and trying to get your ducks in a row for when you do? Studies have shown that upgrades to your home’s exterior and landscaping can add 20% to your home’s value. From DIY projects you can knock out in an afternoon to projects that require professional help, these home exterior upgrades are sure to catapult your curb appeal to the next level (and price range).

Re-Paint for a Fresh Look

Putting a fresh coat of paint on your home is a no-brainer, but even a partial paint job does wonders for the look of your home. Touching up or choosing a vibrant new paint color for your door and trim gives the whole place an instant face lift. If you want to go for a whole new color, choose one that works with the architectural style of the home. And take a cue from the surrounding natural elements; if it’s a beach bungalow, can you choose a bright turquoise to remind one of the tranquil blue of the sea, or for a stormy Seattle estate, maybe a deep cobalt or emerald.

Add Faux Balconies and Window Boxes

Home accoutrements like window boxes and faux balconies seem like no big deal but they can easily mean the difference between a house sitting on the market and one that catches buyers’eyes. Install window boxes under windows and on deck and porch railings and fill them with vibrant blossoms and greenery that complement the house’s color theme. To get the most bang for your buck, plant perennials so that your window boxes are always blooming, no matter when you decide to sell.

When selecting a window box for your home, you have a wide range from which to choose. Among your choices are clean, white window boxes that look like painted wood but are actually made from rot-proof PVC, bold copper window boxes that shine when the sun hits them, and rustic hay rack window boxes to give your home’s exterior that”cottage” feel.

What about faux balconies, or “balconettes” as they are sometimes called? While not functional as balconies that you can stand on,they are nevertheless instant curb appeal boosters, adding architectural interest to even the blandest of structures. Intricate designs like our Bellisimo or Agostino Faux Balcony bring an Old World charm while our Dorchester Juliet Balcony or Windermere Faux Balcony are more modern design statements.

Refresh Your Outdoor Space

Any real estate broker will tell you that one or more outdoor spaces is crucial to most home buyers. Not only does a well curated outdoor living space boost your property value, but it also counts (at least in the eyes of buyers) as extra square footage where they can enjoy a bit of outdoor living. The big draws are, of course, killer views, gardens, pools, pergolas, fire pits,and other renovations. However, even if you have none of the above, work what you have to make the outdoor living experience appealing. First, clean up your landscaping by trimming any trees and shrubs that have become unruly. Replace withered grass with fresh grass or even lifelike artificial turf. Pull weeds and plant fresh ground cover or create a container garden with outdoor planters and pots.

Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

Whether you have landscape lighting or not, it’s a good time to check its effectiveness. Not only is proper lighting a plus aesthetically,but it also appeals to homeowners because it increases home security. Well-lit entryways and pathways, porches, and backyards act as deterrents to burglars,and provide added safety by illuminating walkways. Our LED landscape lighting provides energy-efficient lighting for lower electrical costs.

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The Best Plant Color Combinations for a Stunning Garden

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How to Keep Plants Watered While on Summer Vacation

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Get Your Patio Summer-Ready with these Modern Garden Screens

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Time to Shine! Copper-Lined Window Boxes to Upgrade Your Curb Appeal

Make a stunning first impression on house guests and passersby with our gorgeous copper-lined window boxes! With a subtle glow that only 100% real copper can create, these copper liners give your curb appeal an instant lift. And since the current copper trend for interior design isn’t going away anytime soon, you can enjoy these […]

A Guide to Planting the Perfect Window Box Herb Garden

Space is an important issue in creating your own garden. However, there is always a solution if you know how to utilize what you have. One good example is the window box garden, which maximizes the potential of such a compact area in your home. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to conveniently pick fresh […]

Designing an Outdoor Living Room? Here’s What You’ll Need

Outdoor living rooms are popular for good reason: a space with the creature comforts of an indoor living room with the views, soft breezes, and natural surroundings of the outdoors? Who wouldn’t want to kick back in a place like that? Ready to make a space on your backyard or patio to put your feet […]

Clean Up Your Curb Appeal for Spring with These Home Projects

Believe it or not, spring is just a little more than a month away. Even if you’re still feeling the chill of winter where you live, pretty soon that snow will thaw and your home’s exterior will need a little TLC after all that cold weather. Get your curb appeal back to fab just in […]

New Year’s Gardening Resolutions to Stay Excited About All Year

Resolutions are as much a New Year’s tradition as champagne, fireworks, and the ball drop in Times Square. So while you’re making your plans for the New Year, why not include some for your garden? Whether you’re looking for a little plant pick-me-up or you’d like to start from scratch with a whole new garden […]

2018 Gardening Trends to Try Out in the New Year

Wondering what’s hot in gardening for the new year? We’ve compiled some of the new year’s trends from top gardening experts for you so that you can start 2018 off right. Happy planting!