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Budget Friendly Curb Appeal

by Melissa Thompson

Looking to spruce up your curb appeal, but don’t want to spend a fortune?  There are lots of ways to improve the look of your home’s exterior without breaking the bank.  You might be surprised by how much difference small projects can make.

  • Paint the front door, trim or shutters.  With Exterior Paint costing about $30 a gallon, painting is an economical way to brighten up your house.  Choose a color that pops, yet compliments the overall color of the home.  Make sure to properly prep all surfaces before you paint so you’ll get great results that will last for years to come. 
     
  • Upgrade your mailbox. If your current mailbox is looking shabby and old, you can fix it up or replace it at minimal cost.  You can find new mailboxes for as little as $20.  When installing a new mailbox, make sure to follow guidelines set forth by the city you live in. 
     
  • Plant a tree.  This is a common and easy way to beautify your yard.  When choosing the tree, be sure to consider how big it will get to make sure it is a good fit for your space.
     
  • Replace exterior lighting.  This is an easy way to upgrade the style of your home.  Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up.  You may also be able to find unique, Vintage Lighting at second hand stores and salvage shops.  Make sure that whatever you choose, they adequately illuminate your entryway and make it safer.
     
  • Install flower boxes.  If you want to add color to your exterior, but don’t to paint, this is the way to do it!  They can be installed on front porch railings or below the windows. Window boxes are relatively inexpensive or can be built and installed in no time.  Choose flowers and plants that are easy to maintain and that will keep away pesky insects so that you can enjoy spending time outdoors.

These small, simple improvements can make a huge difference in the curb appeal of your home. Also, if you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, you will make a great first impression on potential buyers! Let Melissa Thompson and her team of professionals help you get your house listed and sold.  Call them today at 901-756-8900.

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Fall Curb Appeal

by Melissa Thompson

First impressions are crucial to successfully selling your home.  The first thing potential buyers notice when they drive past your house is your lawn and landscaping.  If you’re putting your house on the market this Fall, here are some tips for sprucing up your yard to make a fantastic first impression!

  • Rake, rake, rake.  Fall foliage is beautiful and can serve to make your property more attractive to buyers, but a lawn covered in leaves looks sloppy.  Keep up with raking so people notice the beautiful leaves ON the trees, not the dying leaves on the ground.
  • Plant Fall flowers.  An Autumn garden filled with vibrant color is a great way to add beauty to your yard.
  • Create a lush lawn by aerating so that water and nutrients can reach the roots.
  • When you do your last mow of the season, make sure to trim grass short.  Shorter grass helps prevent disease.  In addition, Fall leaves will blow across your lawn if they have nothing to cling to.
  • Trim ugly limbs.  There is nothing pretty about cracked, diseased or dead limbs. 
  • Get rid of annuals that have lost their luster.  Trim tired perennial foliage down to the ground.  This will prepare them for their next season and will tidy up your flower beds for a neater look.
  • Lay fresh mulch for cooler weather curb appeal.  Choose mulch that is aesthetically pleasing while also providing the benefits that keep your flower beds looking their best.

With summer winding down and Fall just around the corner, it’s a good time to start planning for creating beautiful curb appeal that will have potential buyers lining up to see your home!

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Do a Little Sprucing Up with Fall Décor!

by Melissa Thompson

The start of fall exhibits cooler temperatures for most us, even if we aren’t feeling it quite yet around here; it also marks the change in home décor and outside curb appeal. Many are doing a fall cleaning inside and setting out the Halloween and fall decorations for Thanksgiving to welcome the change of season.  A few tips to spruce up with fall décor would be:

  • Groom the lawn- cutting comes to an end but unfortunately lawn maintenance doesn’t end. We still need to try and rid any brown spots and rake up large piles of falling foliage. Leaves look nice and set the perfect ambiance for this time of year however too many can look cluttered.
  • Add fall flowers to your garden- as our spring flowers fade and die off we can still keep our gardens lively and vibrant by planting fall flowers (e.g. mums, heleniums and fall crocus’) in bold fall colors.
  • Make the front door and porch a highlight- add a fall wreath, pumpkins, stack of hay, potted flowers, seasonal outdoor rug all add pizazz to the front of the house for everyone seeing it.
  • Add in lighting- as the sunny days are growing shorter we need to make our homes shine at night. Add some outdoor lights to your home to shine on walkways and brighten up entryways with lanterns, lights in the lawn, or spotlights.
  • Be symmetrical- if at all possible create a symmetrical design with your fall decorations in the front of your home; this will make the entrance to your home look grand and inviting. Add in a scarecrow too; this is perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving.
  • Create your own planter- carve out a pumpkin and create your own planter with it or use an old wagon! This will give the outside look both creativeness and take up less space if that is a concern.
  • Sitting areas- we love to be outside in the summer but the chill in the fall air is even more inviting; create a welcoming outdoor sitting area with benches, tables and rocking chairs that are rustic, comfy, and charming. The cushions on these can be fall colored or patterned to fit the season even more.
  • Bring out the rustic look- rustic everything is all the rage right now, try out a few rustic signs with fall colors (e.g.- welcome, harvest, fall).

Looking for more, try Pinterest they have everything you’re looking for and then some. Let’s ring in the hopefully soon to be cooler weather and say hello to fall! 

 

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 729-9526
(901) 756-8900
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