Mon May 20 2019
Thinking of selling your home in the next few years? Tired of the neighbors’ rose bushes looking better than yours? Finally have some extra cash around to spend on your house and yard? Whatever your reasons for wanting to improve your home’s curb appeal, you’ll find your area’s spring home and garden show to be wildly helpful.
Spring home and garden shows aren’t just an opportunity to drag your kids to the expo hall for a hot dog. These events are a great opportunity to take a look at how changes to your home and garden may look at scale. During these shows, expo halls often contain entire model homes, as well as new product launches, local service provider displays, and guest appearances by industry celebs.
The internet is a wonderful resource for research, but it’s no substitute for seeing a whole wall of pre-stained cedar shingles on the side of a demo house. Until VR catches up with merchandisers’ wildest dreams, it can be hard to imagine how major cosmetic decisions will look unless they’re on display in front of you.
Even if you don’t fall into one of the categories we mentioned above, it’s worth stopping to think about your home’s curb appeal.
Simply put, “curb appeal” is how attractive your house and property look from the street. While interior changes that impact the day-to-day functionality of your home can be easy to weave into your home improvement plans, exterior edits often feel less urgent. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t budget them in.
Improving your home’s curb appeal increases its value. Whether you’re considering listing your house for sale this summer or next year, spring is a great time to assess how your home looks from the street (and what you might do to give a better first impression). Even if you’re not planning to sell, there’s a benefit to making your house a place you love coming home to!
Your spring home maintenance efforts may unearth opportunities to increase your home’s curb appeal, but it can be hard to know where to begin. A home and garden show near you may be just the place to peruse your options.
Improving your home’s curb appeal increases its value.
Home and garden expos have been popping up around the country since the 1970s. In northern states where the building season is limited, these provide an opportunity for homeowners to see the latest trends and meet contractors in person. This “one-stop shop” opportunity to join a builder’s queue for the months ahead translates well across climes, and you can now find a home and garden show in almost every state.
Show dates vary by region (as does the start of spring), but in general, home and remodeling shows are a great place to get ideas for summer landscaping, get deals on outdoor items, and chat with experts about everything from gardening to plumbing to decorating to buying or selling a home.
Let’s look at the basics of home and garden shows, then dig into five ways they can help you boost your home’s curb appeal.
To locate the nearest home and garden show this weekend, do a quick internet search. The popularity of these events means that they’re available all across the country, and each is tailored to its region. Here’s what you need to know before heading to your local home and remodeling show:
Once you get to the home and garden show, there will plenty of ideas and visual displays to get your idea machine running. To help you focus your efforts on upping your curb appeal, consider these five approaches.
The first rule of curb appeal is that you’ve got to take care of your yard. Especially if you’re looking to sell your home in the near term, you should consider improving the health of your lawn.
If your lawn is wild and your neighbors keep theirs trim, you may be signaling to others that you have a poor or contentious relationship with those around you. This may be unappealing to homebuyers.
Once your lawn is under control, consider adding landscaping. Functional landscaping that contributes to the amount of shade or establishes a border with neighboring properties can add value to your property. There are a few ways to achieve this:
For advice on the best flora for your yard and region, be sure to ask the horticultural experts at the home and garden expo. They’ll want to know about your soil type, sun exposure, and water sources, so make sure you familiarize yourself with these aspects of your property before the event.
Did you hate raking as a child but see the necessity of leaf removal as an adult? It’s normal to feel hesitant to devote a Saturday morning to picking leaves out of your gutters, but these types of chores have the most immediate visual impact. To that end:
Home and garden shows offer many tools and tricks for lawn care. Take advantage of the experts on hand to ask them your questions about how to fend off weeds and which gloves will last season after season.
Your entryways are the introduction to your dwelling. To make sure these give a strong first impression:
You can’t test the weight of a door online, but you can at the expo hall. Ditto for getting a sense of whether that shade is too green for shutters. If you’re in the market for an upgrade to your exterior doors or windows, the home and garden show is a great time to gauge how these look in the real world and how easy they are to open and close.
The devil is in the details, and there are many to consider when it comes to the exterior of your home. These three can help boost curb appeal without breaking the bank:
It’s easy to overlook details from a distance, but home and garden show displays will help you visualize which special touches will be the most impactful from a dozen yards away.
These events are also a great opportunity to find out whether the thing that looks best to you online looks as good in your hands. Plastic mailboxes are a great example of this: they may be lightweight and easy to install, but do they seem insubstantial in person? You’ll find out at the expo hall.
Scientists agree that symmetry is appealing, and Instagram confirms it. Think carefully about what you want your yard to look like before you head out for an expo or start digging to plant a row of trees.
Whether or not the front of your house is symmetrically designed, consider how these elements might add balance or symmetry when viewed from the curb:
Find the latest trends in yard design at the expo hall wherever the gardening exhibits are located. It’s a good idea to bring along a printout or drawing of your plans to discuss with design experts onsite.
There are many ways to add curb appeal to your home, but if you’re stumped for ideas and there’s no home and garden show this weekend on your local calendar, you can always walk around the block to check out what your neighbors are up to.
What makes for strong curb appeal varies by region. While this guide points to some opportunities to update your front yard, the style and materials you choose are entirely up to you (and your local climate). While it may be wise to think about a future in which you may want to sell your house, you should ultimately design the home you want to return to every day.
Start Saving on Your Home Insurance