Spring Cleaning in San Diego: Boost Your Curb Appeal

Did you know that you only have seven seconds to make a good first impression when meeting someone new? This is not only true for people, but also for a variety of things in life – like our homes. If you want your house to impress new visitors, it’s essential that you pay close attention to its curb appeal.

‘Curb appeal’ is the attractiveness of the exterior of a home, and it is especially important when trying to lure in prospective buyers. If you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, there are many simple and inexpensive changes you can make. From fresh paint to colorful gardens, all it takes is a little TLC to make your home stand out above the crowd.

Southern California is the perfect climate for low-maintenance exterior home improvements. Keep reading for tips on how to increase the curb appeal of your home in San Diego.

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

1. Power Wash

Nothing drags down the outside of a house more than layers of dirt and dust. Even if your home appears clean from a distance, you will be surprised at how much brighter it will be after a good power washing.

When power washing, make sure to thoroughly clean all of your home’s siding, windows, gutters, and roof. Make sure you don’t skip over any patios, porches, or walkways. Keeping these areas free of debris will show that the house has been properly maintained.

Power washers are available for rent at major home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes. However, if you plan to power wash your house a couple of times a year, you may be better off buying one rather than renting.

2. Add Paint

A little paint goes a long way when it comes to curb appeal. If power washing revealed peeling paint on your siding, window frames, or doors, scrape away the old paint and give your home a fresh coat of the same color to give it new life.

If the color of your home is turning off buyers, you might want to consider changing up the color scheme. To choose the perfect palette, go for a drive and look for houses you admire. Use these as inspiration for your new paint color.

Another great way to use paint to liven up the exterior of your house is to introduce an accent color. Do this by using a different color on the shutters, window frames, and/or doors. A bright and cheery hue (like Pantone’s 2019 color of the year) will always welcome visitors and prospective buyers.

3. Make Repairs

If you think buyers won’t notice a shabby roof or broken porch light, think again. Before listing your house for sale, it’s essential that you make any necessary repairs to the exterior of your home.

When evaluating your home’s curb appeal, be sure to pay close attention to little details like the condition of the eaves boards, siding that needs to be replaced, the condition of the front porch columns, the state of the window screens, etc.

While many of these repairs may seem simple, they still have the potential to affect the curb appeal of your home. Remember: You want buyers to see all of your home’s positive attributes, not the work that still needs to be done.

4. Spruce Up the Gardens

With warm weather year round, homes in San Diego have the potential for beautiful gardens in all seasons. Choose from succulents, cacti, flowers, and other arid plants to create a landscape of color, even in the winter.

Check out these San Diego plants that bloom in the winter:

  • Sundrops
  • South African daisy
  • Aloe
  • Cyclamen
  • Poinsettia
  • Pansies
  • Snapdragons
  • Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’

In addition to introducing blooming flowers to your landscape, don’t forget to keep your garden beds and lawn tidy. Add mulch in the spring and make sure the lawn is regularly trimmed.

If you prefer to have a more low-maintenance yard, consider investing in a Waterwise Landscape Design. This type of landscaping requires very little watering and infrequent maintenance, saving you both time and money on your water bill.

5. Add Special Touches

When improving your home’s curb appeal, don’t overlook the little details. Here are a few simple, special things you can do that will transform the appearance of your home:

  • Hang a wreath on the front door
  • Introduce a rocking chair or swing to the porch
  • Update your mailbox
  • Swap out your house numbers for something new and modern
  • Place planters with flowers or desert grass on either side of the front door
  • Update the exterior light figures
  • Hang string lights over the patio

When it comes to boosting curb appeal, it’s possible to get a lot of bang for your buck. By investing a little time and money into your home’s exterior, you will be able to command higher offers and sell your home in record time. We know that moving in California can be stressful, so contact our experts for all of your California real estate needs!

Design Trends: Pantone’s Color of the Year – Living Coral

Welcome to 2019! We are starting this year off bright and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Pantone released its color of the year and its a welcoming living coral! There are a variety of ways to incorporate this hue throughout your home and we’ve picked out a few that definitely stand out to us! Check out these spaces for more inspiration!

All images pulled via our Pinterest

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Pinteresting 5 : Spooky Doorways

October is just around the corner so that means all the houses on the block will begin to “Haunt” their lawns! Join the Halloween theme this month by making your front entrance festive with Jack’o Lanterns, bats, cats, and even witches. Check out some of these terrifying front door decor for inspiration!

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Design Trends: Bold Front Doors

One of our favorite design trends of 2017 is the bold front door! If you feel you need to freshen up your home’s look, painting your door is an easy and affordable way to give it the upgrade you’ve always desired. Paint your door to accent the colors already featured in your home or use a contrasting color for an especially daring look. Our favorite hues to try? Red, blue, turquoise, yellow, and orange!

All images via our Pinterest

Like HGTV’s Fixer Upper? You’ll Love the Design Home App!

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Can’t get enough of decorating tv shows? Dream about quitting your day job to become an interior designer? You’ll love Design Home, the new app that lets you design beautiful interiors!

The premise is simple: enter challenges to create beautiful room designs and win prizes and cash to spend in the app! Use your cash to buy more furniture, rugs, and decor elements to use in your designs. Vote for the best designs to earn keys which unlock more challenges. Keep playing to level up and unlock new items.

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Pro Tip #1: Make sure you sign in every day to claim your daily sign in bonus of diamonds and keys. You need keys to enter the challenges. Diamonds can be exchanged for more cash or keys.

Pro Tip #2: Each day, the top challenge on your home screen will pay you $2,500 in cash for entering a design. Make sure you do that challenge every day to stack your cash to help you win more of the challenges with smaller cash payouts.

Design Home is available for iPhone and Android and is free to play, but does have in-app purchases.

 

Design Trends: 2017 Color of the Year

Sherwin Williams has recently announced their color of the year for 2017! The color is called “Poised Taupe” and it has a serene balance between warm and cool, while also being not too dark or too light. Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, commented on the Today Show: “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.”

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The company explains that their chosen color reflects a timeliness classic which resonates with the color preferences of the modern era.  Reflecting on the recent demand for neutral colors,  the company mentions that “it signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.”

Poised Taupe can work perfectly with wooden floors and structures with white trimmings to give off traditional and inviting vibrations. Below are some examples of how Poised Taupe would look in various rooms inside your home!

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Design Trends: Pattern Play

Mixing patterns is extremely difficult because it usually turns out either looking very good or very bad. When done right, it can really make a room pop. Check out these examples below, and if you think you have what it takes, then be sure to give it a try!

All images via our Pinterest! 

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