Help, I need curb appeal!


We’re selling soon and need low maintenance ideas for controlling rain water and areas where grass won’t grow under the huge tree.

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  • Maura Maura on Jul 20, 2018
    I would say lay mulch in the brown areas under tree in a free form pattern ( maybe play with garden hose as a form and keep arranging it as you like to see what works. Plant flowers in sort of a fan pattern between mail box and tree. As in plant a few rows of greenery/ flowers maybe a v from the mail box widening at the tree. I would also remove the shutters from the window by the door for a cleaner look. It is very brown...maybe paint the remaining shutters white so they match the screen door. I would also paint the vent above the door the same white color ( or even a different color to give it some visual interest). Gives the house a face lift. I would also dig up grass by where the other car is parked and square if off as it is being used as a parking space, just gives it a cleaner look. I think you will be amazed at house nice your house will look! Plant flowers under two shuttered windows...and a colorful pot or two fairly large with flowers on porc with a small table and chair would be welcoming. Nothing you can't do in a weekend. Good luck!!
  • Lorraine Lorraine on Jul 20, 2018
    Paint, all shutters, trim around windows, the posts, find or DIY a pretty bench in a bright color,( spray paint) for under the window on the right, maybe a side table painted to match or contrast with bench add outdoor pillows,you can cover old pillows from a thrift store with a beach towel you cut to fit ,if your not a sewer, find colorful fabric that go well together,t shirts,... and cut to fit a little bigger and tie the corners. On the bare wall between the two windows you can get as large a medallion as you can and place can even take these with you. Also paint the door not the safety door but the inner one, a more welcoming color,sage green ?? Also spray paint or replace lights. And hang flower baskets on posts. Also give your mail box a quick spray,fun color or just black is fine and the post as well. Make sure car port is clean and empty, and cars are gone when showing. I agree with the other response on wood chips around tree area, and the car park neating up.
  • Mark Cowling Mark Cowling on Jul 21, 2018
    Hosta are very low maintenance. Gold margin or gold with green margin would look great with the color of your house. Lush with depth and would brighten up the shady area. Moneywort (Creeping Jenny) is a great shade brightener that can handle some foot traffic. You were pretty vague about the rain water situation though (not sure if you meant by the house or under the tree) and I'm not sure if it tolerates wet feet much.
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    • Mark Cowling Mark Cowling on Jul 21, 2018
      That doesn't look too bad of a slope, but diverting water usually isn't easy. Lowest maintenance would be grading that side. Basically scraping a large portion of the yard to create a wide trench that would divert the water toward the road or back yard. This situation would be unnoticeable and still able to easily mow. You might want to research dry creek bed. Then there's the expensive permeable pavers. I seriously considered a dry creek bed but ultimately ruled it out because I like clean lines and easy lawn maintenance. I graded my yard immediately after moving in because of foundation seepage and later installed a permeable patio due to occasional standing water.
  • Ili Ili on Jul 21, 2018
    If you get lots of rain, maybe a metal or ? boundary to contain the chips around the tree...big container plants is always helpful....the door could be painted in a very welcoming color, so shutters as suggested … keep lawn mowed even if not perfectly green...make the place as NEAT as possible...
  • MEG MEG on Jul 21, 2018
    The house is drab and in need of landscaping. Mulch and bushes/plants can add color. Mulch around big tree, the mailbox and in the front of the house under the windows. Plant low bushes and mix in colorful flowers inbetween to add much needed color. You would be surprised how much landscaping adds to the curbside appeal. Throw down grass seed and fertilizer on the lawn. Edge it all out before planting/mulching. Good luck and hope you get the price you are looking for. When selling you need to take a good look inside and outside from a prospective buyers eye to see what improvements need to be done. Buyers are looking for move in ready houses. Clean it up and do the repairs that are needed and you will benefit in a quick sale and get the price that you want. People cant visualize living there if it is in need of repair and/or its dirty. Spend the time and money before listing and it will pay off in the end.
  • Abo13966821 Abo13966821 on Jul 22, 2018
    I played around a little bit.
    • Sally Sally on Jul 22, 2018
      It looks good. I was just reading all the comments. I was going to suggest trimming some tree branches and or thinning out the tree limbs to get some sun light into those areas where the grass isn't growing.
  • MEG MEG on Jul 23, 2018
    Abo that's just beautiful! Now that's what I'm talking about. Color and curbside appeal. You've got yourself a winner here. Love everything you did. See it doesn't take much. Just a little paint and landscaping works magic. Excellent! SOLD!!!!
    • Susan Susan on Jul 24, 2018
      I agree with the others ideas. You also might make a bordered flower bed around the mail box. Use appropriate plants for the light in this area. Brick or collected rock make a nice edging.
  • DesertRose DesertRose on Aug 15, 2018

    There are so many ways to give better curb appeal. What you did is beautiful and it looks neat and trim. I had one other contribution to make if you ever want to do a tad more, put some crown over the door and windows. It does not cost much, is quick fix, and really upgrades the quality look that much more. Your home really does look neat, trim, and pretty. Great job you did!

  • Catherine Deirdre Rodden Catherine Deirdre Rodden on Aug 16, 2018

    I'm going to go wildly away from everyone else's suggestions. I'd say to get some good edging and have gravel poured in where second vehicle is parked. I'd also turn the current circular lower bed into a pond. Have river rock cover brown area and turn it into a dry creek bed look draining out to gutter on street. That way you don't have to worry about shaded plants or lack of grass growing.

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