Do you ever drive by a home and wonder how is their home so pristine outside? It has ultimate curb appeal. Most homeowners have a checklist of outdoor “upgrades” that they can do themselves for very little money invested. These tips will keep your home looking ship shape and ready for whatever the Florida elements can throw at it.


Protect your home against unwanted guests. Yes, unfortunately sometimes critters decide that your house is the place to be. From snakes to squirrels, take steps to close off your home to non-pet animals. You should cover any holes that are more than a quarter-inch wide. Have your tree branches trimmed back so they don’t create a highway for squirrels – a squirrel-way if you will – to your attic. Branches should be at least 8 feet from your roof. Making sure your outdoor trash bins are tightly sealed to prevent a buffet for pests so that you aren’t encouraging those to eat. Do away with yard debris and leaves and twigs are a haven for animals that might decide to invade your home. Tending to your lawn frequently by mowing can help to deter pests as well.

Clean Out

Clean out the gutters and downspouts. You should clean the gutters at least once a year, perhaps twice if you have a lot of trees around your home. Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home. You can keep ants and bugs at bay in the kitchen by adding fresh caulking to your windows and doors. Cleaning out the old caulking can help create a better seal against the pests. Consider having your driveway and walkway pressure washed, too. Check over your fence. Have it repainted, resealed, or repaired as needed to make it look refreshed.

Repair and Restore

You need to look to repair cracks or holes in your driveway and front steps. Trim bushes and plants. Pay special attention to the area around the AC unit. If you can touch up the paint on the outside of your home, it will give a strong appearance of care of your home. Look at the outside of your house. Check for rotted, dirty, or loose siding. Anything that is damaged can create a bigger problem in the future.  Consider getting your roof inspected as well. You will be able to add value to your home by making sure that you take of the little things as they come up instead of waiting for a whole renovation.

Often, sellers have an emotional tie to their homes, and as the saying goes: “can be too close to the forest to see the trees.” Step back and try to see your home as a product for sale in a very competitive market, because that is exactly what it is. The guidance of your Grand Living Realty expert for help with any needs in your home “upgrades”.