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8 Easy Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

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Thinking about selling your home soon? There are a lot of quick and inexpensive things you can do you make your property attract buyers.

 

1. Paint your front door a fun bright color. Red. Yellow. Orange. Green. Blue. It makes the house look well cared for and adds a pop of color.

2. Replace dated address numbers and/or mailboxes with newer and updated designs.

3. Trim back or remove overgrown trees and shrubs that are hiding the charming architectural details of your home.

4. Add some landscape lighting to you front path to make the house more inviting at night.

5. Add an outdoor bench to your porch or entry sequence. It is inviting place to wait for someone, put on shoes, leave packages, use as a plant stand. Think of it as your outdoor landing strip.

6. If your parkway is empty, consider adding shade trees. The city of Los Angeles gives them away free.

7. Add some potted plants, hanging baskets or window boxes to you front porch/steps.

8. Re-mulch all your front plant beds. The city of Los Angeles gives mulch away free.

 


 

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5 Easy Ways to Save Water

WATER ONE LESS DAY A WEEK
If you are currently watering 3 days a week, watering one less day reduces your outdoor water consumption by 33%.

WATER NO MORE THAN 10 MINUTES PER DAY
Depending on your soil type, you may need multiple start and stop times to avoid water run off and wasting water.

TURN OFF THE RUN OFF
Adjusting sprinklers so they are not watering hardscape or sidewalk and/or adjust your sprinkler times so that the water soaks into your soil.

FIX LEAKS IMMEDIATELY
Drips and leaks waste both water and money.

USE A BROOM
Do not hose or water down hard or paved surfaces such as sidewalks, driveways, patios, parking areas, tennis courts or alleys.

See more: Home Maintenance, Seller 101