5 Incredibly Important Steps for Prepping Your Home For Sale in Spring

Guest Post via HomeAdvisor Selling your home can be an extensive process, but you don’t want to spend too much time preparing. As we come into the spring and summer real estate market, take quick steps to get your home ready to sell. Here are some of the essential prep steps: #1 Clean your home. […]

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Curb Appeal Week: How To Prep Your Lawn for Spring

We’ve reached the last day of curb appeal week but we saved the best for last. A nice lush lawn is not only pretty to look at but it also plays a major role in your home’s value.

Did you know that improving the lawn is one of the most cost effective ways to increase property value? Unlike other home improvement projects, landscaping can provide a 100%-200% return on your investment and has been known to increase a home’s overall value by as much as 15 percent. -TheLawnInstitute.org

Here are two great tips that will help you green up your grass and kill lawn weeds:

Tip 1: Get Rid of those Weeds

ORTHO® WEED B GON MAX® PLUS CRABGRASS CONTROL kills over 200 kinds of weeds and you can see results in just 24 hours. That includes the toughest of unwanted botanical guests: dandelions, crabgrass, and clover. Kills Weeds, Not Lawns™.”

Check out this video on YouTube to learn more:

Don’t forget  this tip from earlier this week: Green Up Your Lawn in Just 3 Days!

SCOTTS® GREENMAX™ LAWN FOOD provides essential nutrients grass needs for deeper greening in just 3 days. It also improves a lawn’s ability to absorb water and nutrients as well as thickens grass to help fill in bare spots.

Phil Dwyer, Scientist at ScottsMiracle-Gro, adds “When homeowners need a fast way to green-up their grass, I ask, ‘Have you ever tried GreenMax™?’ A lawn fertilizer plus iron supplement, GreenMax™ can provide noticeable greening in just 3 days.”

Always read and follow label directions.

Find more curb appeal project ideas from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup® here. 

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Curb Appeal Week: How To Create a Welcoming Porch

“April Showers Bring May Flowers.”

May is finally here which means it’s time to break out your gardening gloves. If your thumb isn’t exactly the greenest then we have some simple tips that your flowers will surely appreciate.

Scotts potting mixTip 1: Potted Plants Make for a Memorable Welcome

MIRACLE-GRO® POTTING MIX will help you get your front porch container plants off to a great start. It feeds for up to 6 months and you’ll get more blooms for more color (vs. unfed plants).

“Want to see more beautiful flower blooms and make it easy? The secret is to try Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix (designed for containers) along with regular feeding-watering-sunshine and you can maximize success.” – Phil Dwyer, Scientist at ScottsMiracle-Gro

Check this video out for ideas on how to craft an impressive container plant design

Tip 2: Save Time! Feed Your Plants While You Water

MIRACLE-GRO® LIQUAFEED® UNIVERSAL FEEDER connects directly to your spigot so you can feed your new and existing plants with any watering device. It takes out the guesswork when feeding by automatically mixing the right amount of nutrients so plant food is applied evenly. Now feeding is as easy as watering, no matter how you water. Grow plants two times as big with LiquaFeed® All Purpose Plant Food (vs. unfed)!

Always read and follow label directions.

Find more curb appeal project ideas from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup® here. 

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Curb Appeal Week: How To Refresh Flower Beds

It’s day three of Curb Appeal Week and by now we hope you have realized just how easy it is to get your yard looking gorgeous with help from our friends at Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup®.

Spring is a time where our senses are woken from their winter slumber from the smell of fresh cut lawn, sight of blooming flowers, sounds of birds happily chirping,  and feel of a lush lawn between our toes there is nothing that can quite compare. Here are just two more ways to get your garden looking fabulous.

Tip 1: Mulch for a Fresh, Clean Look

SCOTTS® NATURE SCAPES® COLOR ENHANCED MULCH keeps your garden or landscape looking fresh with year-long color, guaranteed! A three-inch layer of mulch naturally prevents weeds by blocking growth and access to sunlight.  It also helps the soil retain moisture.

“One of the easiest ways to enhance the beauty and performance of any garden or landscape bed is by applying mulch.  Mulching adds rich color and a manicured look to your landscape.” – Phil Dwyer, Scientist at ScottsMiracle-Gro.

Tip 2: Kill Weeds in your Flower Beds

ROUNDUP® SURE SHOT™ WAND helps kill your weeds in 3 easy steps without the hassle of hand pulling. Step 1. Reach: Sure Shot™ Wand extends 2 feet so there is no more bending over. Step 2. Target: Protective shield fits over the weeds to help contain the spray and protect nearby flowers and plants from damage. Step 3. So Long Weeds: Roundup® branded products kill weeds to the roots so they don’t come back.

Find more curb appeal project ideas from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup® here. 

Always read and follow label directions.  Roundup, Roundup & design, Sure Shot Wand and FastAct are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.  (C) 2015 Monsanto Company, worldwide rights reserved.

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6 Quick and Affordable Way to Boost Curb Appeal for Home Sellers

Guest Post by Andrea Davis

Spring curb appeal can make or break the sale of your home. That doesn’t mean you have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on spring landscaping, though. You should focus on landscaping aspects that need the most work and find ways to cut costs where possible. Hire a lawn maintenance service when necessary but otherwise see what you can do yourself. Here are some tips to help your home stand out:

#1 Accent your front door and trim

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To help your home stand out as buyers walk up, consider painting your front door, window shutters and trim. Likely, these areas have lost their original sheen after a few years and inclement weather conditions. So you can go out, get some paint for about $25 to $50 a can – depending on paint quality — and spend a day or two repainting these areas so they look refreshed. They will accent the rest of the house and catch a buyer’s attention from the get-go. You might use bold colors for the trim and shutters, but steer more towards neutral colors for your door, depending on how it fits with the interior of your home. If your door is really worn down — scratched, cracked, nearly falling off the hinges — you might need a door professional to make repairs before painting it.

#2 Add new house numbers

 

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To make it easy for buyers to know which house is yours, buy new numbers to put on the mailbox or the front of your home. You could buy easy stick-on numbers, but those could blow away or fall off over time. Consider stainless steel, brass or aluminum numbers you nail onto the home; they will last longer and hold up better against the weather. The cost of numbers will vary depending on the material, but you could expect to pay anywhere between $5 per number or up to $50 for a customized plaque.

#3 Install outdoor lighting

 

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In case people are viewing your home at night, it’s good to have landscaping lighting installed to accent your home. It’s also a good security measure to prevent personal injury and dissuade anyone from breaking in. Pick your lighting fixtures based on budget and what will show off your home the best. You want them to light up areas like your flower beds, front area and the walkway, if you have one. You might want standing lights, a mounted fixture or a security strobe light. Mix and match as needed. The cost to install lighting fixtures is between $150 and $380, depending on the fixtures you choose and if wiring needs to be installed. If you buy solar lighting fixtures that you install yourself, you could pay around $10 to $20 per fixture

#4 Put up some flower boxes

 

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Instead of working to install a whole new garden in your front yard, think about smaller improvements like flower boxes on your windows or around the front area. Flower boxes are a cheap alternative that still improves the quality of your front lawn. You can buy flower boxes and the accompanying plants at a home improvement store for $25 (per flower box) and $3 to $10 per plant. Then you can hang them, lay them down or attach them to your windows or porch, depending on what looks best. It will add that extra touch of nature to your home exterior and increase the visual appeal for buyers. They’re also much easier to maintain and keep alive than an entire front garden.

#5 Enclose the yard with a picket fence

 

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It might be nostalgic, but adding a picket fence is a way to enclose your yard without detracting from its appeal. Fencing comes in various styles, heights and colors — not just white — so that you can accent your home exterior and show off your landscape to buyers. You can either buy picket fence materials for about $30 per foot and build it yourself or have a fencing contractor do it for you. Then you can add flowers and shrubs around the edge to help it better blend into the landscape of the front yard. It will look homey, natural, and appealing to potential buyers when they show up.

#6 Add a walkway or path

 

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Buyers might like to have a direct path leading from the curb to your front door, so why not add a path? It will also protect your grass and prevent other landscape elements from being trampled. You could make it out of cement, stones, or pebbles, depending on what is in your budget and what looks best in your yard. Brick pavers, in particular, are a quick and inexpensive option for homeowners looking to add that extra touch to their landscape. It’s going to cost around $20 to $30 per paver, depending on the style you choose. You can also add those solar lamps around the pavers so nobody trips when walking up at night.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+

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Curb Appeal Week: Easy Ways to Clean Up Outside

In case you missed it, yesterday we announced Curb Appeal Week! An entire week dedicated to making the outside of your home look beautiful with projects that can be completed over the weekend. Today’s tips explore products that will make clean up a breeze.

Tip 1: Looking to Impress? Give Your Outdoor Living Space Some Love

SCOTTS® OUTDOOR CLEANER PLUS OXICLEAN™ will make sure your patio, deck, and outdoor living spaces are ready to impress potential buyers. This tough outdoor cleaner has a fast foaming action that starts working on contact to lift dirt and wipe out stains from moss, mold, mildew, algae and more. Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ is also safe to use on fabrics and around plants and grass. Plus, it is incredibly versatile as it cleans concrete, wood, patio furniture (and cushions) and many other surfaces. Refresh your deck, patio, driveway and porch today!

Check out how Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ works

Tip 2: Power Wash Your Home

SCOTTS® OUTDOOR CLEANER PLUS OXICLEAN™  is much more effective than using water alone, and it can be used on a variety of surfaces. It is tough on dirt and stains from moss, mold, mildew and algae and it is  safe to use around plants and grass. Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ 1 gallon concentrate can make-up to 10 gallons of cleaning formula from just one bottle!

Phil Dwyer, Scientist at ScottsMiracle-Gro, talks more about this new innovation in cleaning from Scotts®:

“In the past, whenever cleaning outdoor items, special  care was needed to protect landscape plants from harsh household cleaners. All new Scotts® Outdoor Cleaner Plus OxiClean™ is specially formulated to tackle messy outdoor dirt yet still be safe enough for use around grass and plants.”

Bonus Tip: If you have weeds growing in your patio, driveway, or walkway, kill them with Roundup® Max Control 365. It kills the toughest weeds and grasses to the roots so they don’t come back and prevents new weeds from coming up for a full year!

Find more curb appeal project ideas from Scotts®, Miracle-Gro®, Ortho® and Roundup® here. 

Always read and follow label directions.  Roundup and Roundup & design are registered trademarks of Monsanto Technology LLC.  (C) 2015 Monsanto Company, worldwide rights reserved.  Not registered for sale or use in New York.

OxiClean™ is a trademark of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. and is used under license by The Scotts Company LLC.

 

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