Making your backyard more inviting

One very important thing about owning a home is keeping the yards well maintained. It is a huge turn off to see a home with an unkept yard scattered with eye sores. So this week we wanted to give you all a few tips that would help you make your backyard more inviting to your guests, as well as yourself and your own family. 

The first thing you always need to be aware of is keeping your yard clean of all debris and trash. Removing old and broken garden statues, gnomes, fountains, etcetera is easy to do and doesn’t cost you a thing. Repairing ones you really want to keep is not a bad option either. Be sure to keep your patio areas clean, swept off, and keep the seating clean and well arranged. Tearing down old fences that block off unused portions of your yard is a great way to open up more room for children to play, as well as get rid of an eye sore.

Your yard also needs to be well taken care of. Keeping the grass cut and well fertilized is a great idea if you want a yard that people wouldn’t mind being invited to. You also want to make sure your hedges and bushes are cut and trimmed. Be sure to always have a freshly cut lawn, and why not keep it irrigated properly so it stays a nice shade of green.

Keeping it organized is a must. If you have a lot of yard equpitment (weed-eaters, push/riding lawn mowers, shovels, rakes, etc.) your yard would look much better if all those things were organized neatly in one specific, out of the way part of the yard. The same goes for the kids toys. We all know kids love to play and leave things scattered, but we can place them neatly in a certain area of the yard before our guests arrive for a nice evening with friends. This way they can enjoy your beautifully put together and well groomed yard, relax, and have a good time.

Hopefully this blog has helped you make your yard more inviting and has made you happier with it personally. Remember, at Slyman Real Estate GA, we care. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and LinkedIn, and follow us on Twitter.

10 Low Cost Home Improvements That Will Raise Your Property Value

One of the most important things of retaining and increasing your property value is curb appeal. Curb  appeal is how your house looks from the street, at first glance and during approach. The better your house looks from the road the more attention it will get from buyers and brokers like Slyman Real Estate broker Paige Slyman.

There are many things that you shouldn’t do if you want your house to look good. Here are 10 things that you should do.

1. Clean up the yard! It’s the first thing people see when they approach your home, whether you live inMarietta, GA or Knoxville, TN. Adding a little shrubbery and a few flowers can make a miraculous difference.

2. Clean up the gutters and fix or repair problem pieces. Having a nasty looking gutter never made anyone in the real estate business smile.

3. Doing what you can about standing water and any potholes in your driveway is a great way to bring up the curb appeal of your property.

4. Add a carport or garage. Adding a garage can be pricey, but adding a one vehicle carport can be very cost effective.

5. Paint the exterior of your home. Old flaky paint can make a house look dilapidated and neglected. No one wants to be shown a house such as the one depicted to the left.

6. Painting the sheds to compliment your home will increase the curb appeal. It’s much more appealing when it all matches.

7. Updating the kitchen of your home can make a big change in how people feel when touring your home. A new sink and faucet is a good start. Make sure the lighting is bright and inviting.

8. Another room that is always good to refresh is the bathroom. A newly replaced shower, or repairing the cracks in the existing one, will increase your chances to sell in todays market.

9. Freshly painted walls are always welcoming and are a sure fire way to increase your property value.

10. Replacing old windows with double and triple paned windows can increase the porperty value of your home drastically and will also reduce your power bill by keeping the outside air outside, and helping the inside air retain its temperature.

Some of these things may seem expensive, but when it comes down to it these are all things that will bring you much more in return and cost a lot less than adding a pool or building onto your home.

Be sure to check this blog and the Slyman Real Estate GA  Facebook page regularly for more good to know information. Don’t forget to Follow us on Twitter @PaigeSlyman. Also, if you have a moment and are interested, check out Slymans listings for awesome deals on beautiful places in the Greater Atlanta area

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