curb appeal

Cozy Curb Appeal that Sells: How to Use Luxurious Landscaping to Close the Deal

If you are considering increasing your curb appeal, then you might want to have a few things on your list to consider.

First make sure that the paint and exterior of the home does not look tired or worn.

 -Also if you decide to redo Landscaping make sure that there are no dead areas or dead zones.  You can find a local company like WWW.STCLOUDTREE.COM to help you understand the fastest way to make the best improvements fast if you don’t want to do it yourself.

One of the easiest ways to fix that is to add new mulch or ground covering and also get some fresh flowers and plants in place.

  If you’ve ever looked at the price of flowers and plants at your local do it yourself/home-improvement store, you may have noticed that the price can be pretty high.

  One way to get around this is to search for local nurseries in your area.

Sometimes there are a couple of layers of plant and flower nurseries.

  If you visit a couple you might find that you can really bring your price down when compared to the big box stores.


What’s even funnier is that sometimes they are wholesalers to the big box stores. 

I recommend adding lots of color to the front of the house. Even if people don’t really noticed the flowers, subconsciously they are aware of life and vitality for the home.  

Make sure that there are clean pathways leading up to the house.

Entry Way Wows

If you have not pressure washed in a long time this would be a good time to do it. Also should you have bricks or pavers leading up to the home make sure that they are level and also that they don’t have any major gaps or holes.

If they do, you need to make sure that use fill them with the appropriate filler which is often times sand

. Make sure that mold and mildew stains have been kept in check.

If they haven’t make sure that you say cleaner that can resolve it.

 Stand back and look at the home and ask yourself these questions.

  • Does it look fresh?
  • Does it look clean?
  • Does it look alive?
  • Does it look modern?

Often times we will have a certain blindness due to the fact that we have lived in the property for so long. Sometimes it helps to recruit neighbors or others in this process. They will often see things that you don’t see.

For example one of the biggest things that detracts is pet odors in the home.

-You can get so used to your pet smell that you don’t notice it anymore.  This is where a new set of nostrils will help.

Make sure that you trim back all of the hedges. If you don’t have the proper landscaping equipment keep in mind that there are often landscape equipment rentals available.

Usually stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s as well as places like rental world offer equipment for temporary rent.

 This comes in handy because of ease of access and relatively low-cost for one use.

 The other reason this makes sense is that if you buy the equipment out-right then you have to store it.

-I have often rented things like tile cutters and saws in order to streamline and speed up a job without the necessary loss of space in my garage.

If you’re worried about the cost, bear in mind that if you were to buy the equipment and then later sell it in a garage sale you would take a bath on it anyway. 

Getting the right tools for the job is key. Not only will it make things go faster, but it will lower your stress and frustration in the process.

I don’t know about you, but that’s worth it’s weight in gold for me.

outdoor fireplace

Adding fire features to make your home beautiful.

I have never met a person that says that they absolutely hate sitting by a fire on a quiet evening.

  A friend of mine says that it’s some type of archetypal pattern in our heads.

As humans we are just simply drawn to it.

Fire features at your home can increase the value of your property.

  Did you know that?

For example if you have an outdoor fire pit, it can be a luxurious addition that you can market with your home. Did you know that there are many companies that will actually build you a stone fireplace outside?

 An outdoor fireplace is simply an amazing addition to any home. It invites people from the inside to the outside. It expands the overall feel of your home because it incorporates the outdoors.

Outdoor fireplaces don’t have to be expensive either.

  Typically if you talk to a paver company, you can find out who in the area builds these types of fire pits.

 Armed with that information, you can request some bids. I always recommend that you get at least three bids before you settle on any projects. 

I take that back. If the project is small and simple and it’s less than $200, then I would be tempted to just have the job done.

Additional time that you spent looking for the right partner and the potential savings of that other person, will be eaten up by your involvement in the project of soliciting all these bids.

But for larger items like outdoor fire pits and fireplaces, make sure you get at least three bids.

  Another fantastic feature is to incorporate the grill into a stone housing.

You often see this concept modeled in summer kitchens.

 Currently some of the Home-improvement stores offer outdoor concepts that really work. For example there are propane based stone fire rings that basically look like a coffee table with a bunch of lava rocks in the middle with a firing.

One of the things that I’ve noticed is that if you go to specialty stores in different areas you may find that the prices for these items are horrendous. I highly recommend that you do your research online and look for the best price. It is funny but I’ve actually seen the same product available for $500 on display at specialty stores for $4,399.

Granted it was a beach community and they probably assume that people were just going to drop their cash without thinking about it twice, but I was pretty shocked when I saw that one.  I remember grabbing my wife to show her the craziness.

Pick up some magazines at your local home building store to review how people have used fire to enhance their backyards and living style.

 I believe that it gives the outdoors a whole new feel.  

And let’s face it outdoor living can be one of the most amazing parts of our lives.

  There is nothing quite like sipping your favorite beverage by the fire feature with friends enjoying a good time.

One last thought. If you can integrate a pergola with a fireplace, you can really make an outdoor area feel like an indoor living room.

 You can see this on the picture above.

 Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope that it give you some insight and thoughts about what you can do to enhance your living style for minimal amounts of money.