Curb appeal is huge especially if you are in the market to sell in the near future and if your home look like this
you will be labeled "that" family... You know, the one with the missing shingles on the roof. Or "that" family... You know, the one that has all the yard tackies everywhere. You don't want to be "that" family. I promise you that!
These homes are clean, well kept, welcoming and charming.
Now onto why curb appeal is on my mind...
When I bought our home 7 years ago, I bought a foreclosed property from HUD at a great price (It will be paid off before I'm 37! Wahoo!) that just needed some serious TLC. I have spent 7 years renovating every room in the house with only our main bathroom and bonus room remaining... except for the exterior. It's horrible. I hate that when you pull into our drive and the exterior resembles nothing of the interior.
Up until recently, our home had a 20+ year craptastic roof that we just had replaced. Yay for a new roof. Boo for spending $5,000.00 on something that goes unnoticed. But boy did the old roof get noticed. Our home has aluminum siding from the 1950's and baby blue painted brick on the bottom. Double Yuck! The home had no landscaping to speak of except for 3 camellias and to top it off, it has a wonderful 20x9 front porch that some igmo covered with aluminum panels. It was a train wreck, fo sho! Well, God took care of starting the exterior improvements. It rained so much that our old roof just couldn't take it anymore and started leaking. I dealt with ugly. I couldn't deal with rain dripping on the new sheet rock we had just put in the ceiling. So, Mr. Roofer came over and $5,000 later, had us a brand new dimensional roof on our home. That's when I decided to do something about the rest of the exterior. Ideas were flowing. Photoshop was smoking and my plan was coming together on paper.
Our home exterior is like this right now, well except this was 2 summers ago and my plants are big and full now. If you have a queasy stomach, you might want to skip this part. I'm telling you... those aluminum things on the porch are enough to make you sick.
But, it will soon look like something similar to this I hope...
We are going to
I can't wait to get started on this project. I'm sure it will be a long one, that will probably make me want to pull my hair out, but I'm so excited. I can't wait to be "that" family. You know, the one with the really cute house!