Landscaping For Maximum Curb Appeal

Now that spring has FINALLY (!!) arrived in North Jersey, this is the perfect time to spruce up your front, side, and backyards — including patios and decks — to improve curb appeal and maximize your selling price. A beautifully landscaped yard goes a long way towards creating outdoor ambience and a lifestyle that buyers want. The easiest and cheapest way to upgrade the look of your front entrance is with LARGE potted plants, using annuals for color that will last all summer. If the front steps or landing are small, one pot or large hanging plant will work fine. For added punch, use flowers that match a colorful front door — like purple pansies or red petunias or geraniums. Don’t forget to consider the amount of sun that the plants will need, since many front entryways tend to be shady. A good option besides impatiens or begonias are New Guinea impatiens or red ferns.
If you have a front light post or a “lemonade” front porch, dress them up by hanging one or two flowering plants (don’t overdo it).
An inexpensive and easy way to improve the look of any yard and make it look professionally landscaped is to mulch all flower beds and foundation areas, preferably with dark brown or black shredded mulch.
Dress up a patio or deck with an outdoor table and chairs or at least a bench and a potted palm or plant to show buyers your home’s entertainment potential. Add colorful cushions to make any outdoor area look more summery and inviting. Stow all tools, hoses, and toys out of sight. If you have a grill, make sure it is uncovered and looks clean, ready for grilling.