Why Curb Appeal Matters
First impressions are everything – at least when it comes to selling your home. According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drop by after viewing a home they like online. What will they see? The home's exterior – including the front entry, yard, driveway and sidewalk -- should serve as a snapshot of what's to come when potential buyers enter your home
Gardening is a great hobby to take up; it gets you outside, burning calories, and produces rewarding results. Whether you're looking to grow some delicious produce or beautiful flowers, these 5 tips and tricks for beginners will get you started off on the right foot!
1. Start Up Gardening
Don't fret about finding a suitable plot in your backyard, simply start a container garden anywhere you'd like. Plus this way you can ensure the soil is fertile and easily prevent weeds! You'll be more likely to follow through with your gardening if your container garden is near your back door or a window you use often. First start small, then work your way up to a bigger garden
2. Solid Soil and Dependable Drainage
Make sure your container has good soil and drainage, which means plenty of compost! Composting is easy, just save your food waste, especially egg shells, coffee grinds, and apple cores! Creating good drainage is also very manageable. Ensure that your container garden has holes in the bottom, and then line the bottom of the container with a layer of rocks.
3. Location Location Location
Some plants are shade plants, others need sun, and yet even more plants are partial shade or sun! Don't overlook that part of your plant's description! Hometalk member The Micro Gardener has a universal solution: Place your container garden on wheels or a trolley, so you can move it around in the event your selected spot doesn't get as much sunlight as you originally thought.
4. Timing and Type
If you want succeed with your garden you need to plant the right type of plants, at the right time. When you've confirmed that your plants will grow in your zone, make sure you plant them at the right time of year! Be sure to also check the seed's information, it will likely be spring or summer.
5. The Perfect Plants for Beginners
Some plants are just known to be easier to grow than others- plant these! For easy-to-grow produce, Hometalk's gardening experts recommend tomatoes, peppers, onions, chard, basil, and bush beans. Easy to grow and maintain flowers include clematis(a vine), sunflowers, dahlia's, foxglove, roses, petunia & black eyed susan's. Just ask your local plant nursery employee to direct you to the "hardy" plants.
Prepparing Your Home
Improve your landscaping. Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is immaculate. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers.
Clean the outside. A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and pressure wash your home's siding.
Make repairs. In a buyer's market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers.
Make the front door inviting. A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb.
Buy a new welcome mat. Let buyers know they're invited into your home.
Remove clutter and depersonalize. Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, extra furniture and other personal items.
Organize closets and drawers. Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.
Make every surface shine. From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles.
Take color down a notch. You might like your lime-green bedroom, but it may sour buyers. Paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.
Eliminate bad odors. Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, fill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers and baking a batch of cookies.