You’ve seen those homes, the ones that look tired and forgotten. The paint is dull, grass and plants are overgrown, and everything just looks plain. Even though regular maintenance keeps up the function of the house, it doesn’t look as fresh and new as it once did. With spring coming, now is the time to give your home a quick makeover. Here are some easy ways to do it with a limited budget and limited time. 

Declutter Your Yard 
When people talk about decluttering, they most often mean the inside of the house. However, you may want to do the same thing with your yard. Maybe you have too many plants or the tree limbs have overtaken the yard as they hang down and in the way. If you don’t have the time to keep up your outdoor space, consider removing those plants that require a lot of care. Trim trees and bushes, and you’ll give the place a more open feel.

Create a Welcoming Entry 
Paint your front door a vibrant color to make the place look like new. If you have a front porch or deck, create an inviting space with a few pieces of furniture. Even if it’s a simple entry, a door mat and wreath can make visitors feel welcome. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make a good first impression. 

Add Color and Points of Interest 
The house is only part of the view of your home. You must also consider the rest of the property. You can find many ways to capture people’s attention if you’re trying to sell your home or if you just want it to look like new. Add color throughout your yard to make it look more appealing. Some easy ways to do this include:

  • Plant colorful flowers along the driveway or front entry
  • Add or paint window shutters
  • Paint the fence or even just the gate to the yard
  • Add colorful walking stones
  • Decorate your mailbox


These are just a few ideas to make your house more fun and interesting. Once you get started, you may think of other ways to create a fresh look for your home. For additional ideas or specific suggestions on preparing your home for spring, feel free to contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find a new home or determine the value of your existing property


Teresa Dennison 
Certified Negotiation Expert(CNE®)
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.
Annapolis Fine Homes Office
2 Francis Street | Annapolis, MD 21401
Cell: 443.223.1364
Office: 410.263.3400
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TDennison@LNF.com
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