Curb appeal can have a huge impact on the perceived value of your home. Here in Calgary, the rough winters can take a major toll on our lawn, landscaping, roofs—pretty much everything! What’s the key to having a home that looks good all year long? Follow these six tips and your house will have great curb appeal each and every day.
- Cleanliness is key. You may already be in the habit of power washing your home, patio and driveway each spring in order to get rid of residual grime, but it’s a good idea to add a fall power wash to your schedule as well. This will get rid of leaves, rust and stains from the summer and autumn, giving you a clean slate before the snow starts falling.
- Garden for all seasons. When landscaping, include a mix of varietals: early spring flowers like tulips and fruit trees; year-round trees like evergreens; and some rotating bulbs/baskets to add pops of seasonal color.
- Visual interest. No matter how wisely you plant, there will be times when you can’t rely on vegetation to spruce up your home front. Architectural features like lamp posts, arches or even trellises will help fill in the visual gap when plants just can’t survive to boost curb appeal.
- Upgrade existing features. Do you have a huge asphalt driveway? Up the wow factor by edging it (or replacing it entirely!) with pavers or cobblestones. Little details like that will add a major wow factor to your home.
- Stay ahead of problems. If you have one area of lawn that always floods, install drainage solutions. If you just can’t maintain your lawn, consider replacing the grass with a patio or faux foliage. Know where your curb appeal weaknesses lie and fight them before they drag down your home.
- Stay focused on the details. It really is the little things that make a major impact on the outward appearance of your home. Painting your front door, replacing an old mailbox or installing new front porch rails—all of these relatively minor projects will give your home the year round visual impact needed for strong curb appeal!
Christy Bamber BCOMM
Calgary Luxury Portfolio