The Telegram (St. John's)

Boosting ‘Curb appeal’


When selling your home, nothing looks quite as good as a well-manicured front garden or beautifull­y decorated balcony. While many homeowners focus on the interiors of their homes, a property's exterior can make all the difference, adding to its appeal and boosting its resale value.

A home's exterior plays an important role in shaping a prospectiv­e purchasers' decisions. As the first point of contact, these areas often help set the tone and encourage buyers to positively visualize themselves owning the home.

An attractive exterior doesn't have to break the bank. According to Jensen, there are a number of ways you can create a stunning outside environmen­t without much effort or money. Here are just a few tips to carry you through the selling season:

Clear the clutter. One of the easiest ways to make any outdoor space come to life is to keep it clean and tidy. This lets buyers visualize how they will make the space their own when it trades hands.

Easy container gardens. Planted containers can add a charming look and feel to entrancewa­ys and balconies. When picking pots, look for similar styles that vary in size for a nuanced appeal.

Drought-tolerant plants. Flowerbeds and plants are often a great way to add a splash of colour to any exterior. For maximum effect, choose an assortment of perennials and annuals that require less water and are able to withstand hot summer days.

Don't forget to fertilize. Though sunlight and water are usually enough, periodical­ly feeding your plants essential nutrients will promote lavish growth and ensure consistent flowering.

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