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8 Budget Curb Appeal Projects
Learn how you can add some oomph to your home's outward appearance without breaking the bank.
Tend Those Beds
Groomed garden beds tell buyers that a home has been well maintained.
Start out by weeding your planting beds and removing any debris. Buy a
few bags of mulch and spread enough of it to cover the width and
length of your home's front beds. The mulch will give your landscaping a
fresh appearance and will keep weeds to a minimum while retaining
moisture for your plants.
Try planting some annual flowers like
pansies, black-eyed Susans, impatiens and petunias for quick and
long-lasting color. The flowers can be bought already in bloom in
low-cost flats of 12 to 48 flowers at garden and home improvement
stores. "Annuals grow quickly, are inexpensive and bloom longer,"
Consider planting brightly colored annuals in the
spring and summer and plant flowers with autumn hues (reds, oranges and
yellows) in the fall, suggests Joanna Seidler Farber, a Realtor
associate with Davis Realtors in East Brunswick, N.J. "Changing it up
every so often gives a fresh new feel and look," she adds.
A 2-cubic-foot bag of mulch can be purchased for $3 or less. Online
mulch calculators, like the one available from the National Gardening
Association, will help you calculate how much mulch you need to
purchase. Meanwhile, a flat of annuals could cost you less than $20,
depending on the type of flowers purchased.
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