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How to Quickly Improve Your Curb Appeal

One of the biggest questions we face is how to improve your curb appeal. Upon buying our fixer upper, we didn’t have to ask ourselves how to improve our curb appeal. It was starring at us in our face. Our house could be updated and more charming if we got rid of tall, overgrown bushy vines and evergreen bushes that were surrounding the house. See picture below, thank you Google Earth!

Here's the before photo (thank you Google Earth) of what our curb appeal looked like when we moved in.

Within two weeks of buying the house, we had met most of our neighbors. And, we couldn’t get over how friendly they were. They brought us cookies, zucchini bread, cinnamon rolls, more cookies, etc. This neighborhood was great. As we received all these wonderful goodies, everyone told us how much they liked the former elderly owner (who died). They also told us how much they liked the house just the way it was.

By this time, we had taken out the carpeting, the wall paper, the old chipped stone in the front entryway and taken out the walls that separated the living room and the dinning and kitchen. There had already been quite a few changes.  We felt like any outdoor changes had to be stealthily made.

How We Improved Our Curb Appeal In One Night

One warm evening, we were sitting in our living room facing the big window that faces the street.  It was late, about 10pm.  Terry said, “Do you think we would not offend our neighbors if I dug out the holly, and the big evergreen bushes that flank the sides of our house?  And what if I did it late at night like right now , and we took them to the city clean up dumpsters in the park?  Do you think they will notice?” I replied that that seemed like a good idea.  In the morning, when they all look at our house, they will think, “Wow!  They are doing a good job! Look how nice their house looks!” So, that is exactly what we did.  Terry dug out the holly bush that night. He was surprised at how easily it came out.  We loaded up the back of our pick up truck and tossed the stickery bush into the garden waste bins at the park. Yeah!

Almost every night for about 10 days, Terry dug out a nasty overgrown bush, hand sawed it into chunks, loaded it all into our truck and dumped it into the dumpsters at the park. Only one neighbor noticed that the bushes were gone. The rest said they thought we were doing a great job with the house, but they couldn’t pinpoint what it was that we had done. SUCCESS!! The front yard was done with demo!  You can see our before and after pictures below.

Before

Here's the before photo (thank you Google Earth) of what our curb appeal looked like when we moved in.

After

Here's an "After" shot, since technically we are still waiting for the painter to come in and paint. How to improve your curb appeal quickly.

Here's an "After" shot, since technically we are still waiting for the painter to come in and paint. How to improve your curb appeal quickly.

 

Here's an "After" shot, since technically we are still waiting for the painter to come in and paint. How to improve your curb appeal quickly.

Here's an "After" shot, since technically we are still waiting for the painter to come in and paint. How to improve your curb appeal quickly.

In Part 2 of How To Quickly Improve your Cur Appeal , roses will be a big part of the story.

 


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