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  • Andrea Garcia

Quick Tips To Improve the Curb Appeal of an Older Home

After several years in the desert sun, your home’s curb appeal may begin to fade—literally. Water-loving grass and plants look neglected, dirt clings to the exterior of your home, and your garden decorations have been bleached by the sun. But don’t worry. No matter how old your home is, you can enhance your curb appeal with a few simple improvements.

Clean the Exterior

One of the simplest things you can do to add curb appeal is clean up the outside of your home. Years of dust can build up on the exterior. Clear it away with a power washer, and clean the outside of your windows. Wash away excess dirt from your porch and driveway too.

Clear the Gardens

A clean lawn and garden will instantly boost your home's curb appeal. Get rid of any dead leaves or flowers. Trim your trees, shrubs, and foliage as needed, and keep your garden weed-free. You might also consider replacing the rocks or filling in sparse areas with new ones.

If you have any outdoor decor, like furniture or garden decorations, take a good look. Faded, worn-out, or dingy decor should be refreshed or replaced.

Add or Improve Outdoor Lighting

Don't let your home’s curb appeal wane after dark. If you have older light fixtures, you may want to consider upgrading them for a fresh look. If the fixtures don’t need to be updated, you can still make your exterior shine by replacing any burned-out bulbs or swapping them for brighter bulbs. Some landscape lighting can add both beauty and safety to your yard. Solar lights are a perfect choice for sunny Arizona, plus they’re easy to install. Light up your walking path or add spotlights to highlight the best parts of your landscaping.

Dress Up the Entryway

Modernize your entryway and give it a fresh, welcoming look. Once you’ve cleaned away the dirt, update your entrance by adding a fresh coat of paint to the front door. It's a quick, inexpensive upgrade that makes a huge impact. Choose a vibrant color that is on-trend and can make an older home look less dated, or go with a traditional color like deep blue, dark gray, or mint green that never goes out of style. Then dress up your porch with more inviting features like potted plants and simple furniture.

Add Desert-Friendly Landscaping

Save yourself the water, time, and expense of maintaining grass that’s going to look parched in the summer heat anyway, and opt for desert-friendly landscaping instead. Use rocks, artificial turf, and local plants to create beautiful curb appeal that’s easy to maintain. Look for any bare spots in your current lawn. If your rocks are looking a bit sparse, top them up.

Just because your home is older doesn’t mean it has to look like it. As you get ready to sell your home, these quick fixes will boost your home’s curb appeal without costing you much time or money. I look forward to connecting with you to help you find your dream home!


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