Summer Curb Appeal
Ottawa is a city full of natural beauty. From the outskirts to the city centre, you’re guaranteed to find green spaces and gardens full of colour around almost every corner. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to start thinking about your own curb appeal. It doesn’t matter whether you’re putting your home on the market, or just want to spruce up your yard for the season, we’ve summarized a few small tips and tricks that can make a big impact this year.
A well-kept yard is typically a sign of a well-kept home. Trim back any overgrown plants or trees to help create a neater, more polished look. If you want to add a bit of colour to your yard, consider planting some annual flowers alongside your perennials. These will add a bright and cheerful touch to your garden that’s sure to impress. Also make sure your lawn is in tip-top shape by mowing regularly, pulling weeds and watering as needed. Consider installing a sprinkler system if your budget permits, this will help you save time and ensure your lawn stays healthy and green all summer long. If this sounds like too much maintenance for you, consider hiring a professional or creating a more low maintenance yard.
The exterior surfaces of your home take up a lot of visual space on your property. Given that these surfaces can accumulate quite a lot of dirt and grime, it can cause gradual discolouration. One of the simplest ways to fix this is by pressure washing your siding. Doing this will immediately make your property look brighter and cleaner. If you don’t have a pressure washer, you can rent one from most hardware stores. Be sure not to be too close or use too high pressure as this can damage certain kinds of siding. (Please make sure you’re aware of any safety considerations before you begin). Consider repainting the front door and adding complementary potted plants to your front porch, as it can give a splash of strong colour to the public-facing side of your home. Also check to make sure that your home is well illuminated in the evening hours for optimal curb appeal.
Your driveway is one of the first things people see and feel when they pull up to your home, so it’s important to make sure it’s in good condition. Start by giving both your driveway and walkways a good pressure washing. This will help remove any dirt or grime buildup. Once that’s been done, fill in any cracks or holes that may have developed over the winter. If you have an asphalt driveway, you may want to consider resealing it. This will help protect your driveway from the elements, and can prevent future cracking and damage.
By following these tips, you can give your home a quick summer facelift that will make a noticeable difference for your curb appeal. If you’re exploring the Ottawa real estate market and would like more information regarding my services, please reach out! I’d be happy to help.
Lisa Fitzpatrick ABR, SRS
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