The exterior of your home is the first thing people see. Whether they’re walking down the street, driving into or out of the neighborhood, or scoping out homes to buy, what your home looks like impacts their impression. Plus, one of the perks of living in an HOA community is that properties are held to certain standards to enhance property value and the integrity of the neighborhood. You don’t want to be “that neighbor” who always seems to be falling behind.

Take the time to spruce up your home’s curb appeal with these simple tips:

·         Mow regularly: Have a designated day that you mow your lawn so that you know it’s always looking fresh and neat. If there is a lot of rain and then sun, you may need to mow more often to keep up. Set your mower to mulch or pick up grass clippings to keep your lawn looking more appealing.

·         Trim up bushes and trees: Do you have stray branches creeping out of your bushes? Is one side growing more than the other? Try shaping them up so they look more symmetrical and aren’t taking over walkways or the side of your home.

·         Plant flowers: A bright, cheerful flowerbed can make your home look more attractive and appealing. Choose options that fit with the amount of sunlight the area receives. If you don’t have a spot to plant, use flower pots and planters instead.

·         Check the roof: Your roof is a big part of your home, so when shingles are damaged or missing, it’s noticeable. Make repairs to keep your roof not only looking good, but also to prevent water damage in your home.

·         Power wash: When was the last time you cleaned the siding, porches, or walkways? A good power washing can get rid of built up dirt and grime and keep your house looking newer.

·         Touch up paint: If your shutters, front door, or trim are looking a bit dingy or starting to peel, clean them up with a fresh coat of paint. It can make a remarkable difference in your home’s appearance. Just make sure you’re matching colors and they’re approved by the HOA.

·         Put away toys: When your kids are done playing outside, make sure any bikes, balls, trucks, and other toys are stowed away. Leaving them laying in the grass can damage your lawn and take away from the overall appeal of your home. Have a designated place in the garage or on a back porch to keep outdoor toys.

While the HOA maintains common areas, it’s up to each homeowner to take care of their own home and yard. Do your part to keep things looking neat and presentable to boost the appeal of your neighborhood to new and existing homeowners. Partnering with a property management company like Kuester can help the HOA stay on top of landscaping, maintenance, and other needs of the association.

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