Get More Curb Appeal Blog Posts
Begin with an honest assessment of your exterior and determine your objective. We encourage people to take a good look at the front of their homes to determine what works and what doesn’t. What do they like about their homes? What would they change? And if they come up with a blank, that’s where we at GMCA can take the guesswork out of things.
Create a budget. Many people think that these improvements will take thousands of dollars, but it is not always the case. Even doing something as simple as installing outdoor lighting, putting in a new walkway or garden, building a new porch or replacing garage doors can make the improvements you need to improve curb appeal. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put in some time into the projects that make the grounds attractive. Start by pressure washing the siding or brick & if necessary paint siding and trim. Kill mold & mildew on the house, sideways, roof & driveway. Clean windows & gutters. Then take a look at your landscape and do a general clean-up. Renew your garden beds. Prune growth, pull weeds, plant flowers and add mulch to restore color. An attractive, well-maintained landscape can add as much as 10% to the value of your home.
An easy tip is to create an instant garden by adding container plants. Consider adding container plants with seasonal color at your front door.
This Thanksgiving, all of us at Get More Curb Appeal would like to thank all of our customers, partners and subscribers for your support. This year, we partnered with Southern Living Magazine as the designer for the 2012 Southern Living Idea House. If you have not toured this beautiful home, you still have time. The Idea House will remain open until December 23, 2012 and it will be decorated for the Holidays. Be sure to see the beautiful landscape and garden designed by our very own Jason Somerville.
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We had a great time at the 2012 Southern Living Custom Builder Conference. Check out our website to find a Builder member near you.
According the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), remodeling hit its highest point in five years during fourth-quarter of 2011. NAHB measures remodeling sentiment with its Remodeling Market Index (RMI), which rose from 41.7 for third quarter to 46.6 in the fourth quarter. The index uses a scale of 1 to 100 to represent the actions and expectations of the population of American remodelers, with different weights applied to owned homes and rental apartments.
The RMI is a quarterly survey released to approximately 2,000 remodelers who measure demand in their local market for major (in excess of $25,000) and minor (less than $25,000) remodeling efforts, as well as future business expectations. RMI positions of both major and minor additions rose above 50, which indicates that more remodelers are saw business rise in fourth quarter 2011 over the previous quarter.
The NAHB is glad that 2011 ended on a strong note for remodelers, and understands that consumers are living in their homes longer than they used to. This longer occupancy translates to more improvements over the lifetime of the home.
The rise in the RMI is another sign that the housing industry is on the path to recovery, even with the continued strain of stringent lending requirements and economic uncertainty. The RMI’s measure of future expectations also enjoyed gains, with “calls for bids” and “appointments for proposals” both rising above a rating of 50, though “committed work” expectancy for the next quarter hovers just above 30.
We are extremely excited and proud to share some news with you! Get More Curb Appeal has been selected by Southern Living to design the landscape plan for the 2012 Idea House… in beautiful and historic Senoia, Georgia. The project is a renovation/addition to an early 19th century cottage-style farmhouse. We’re excited to be working with the talented architectural team at Historical Concepts along with John Bynum Custom Homes, Inc., one of the Atlanta area’s premier custom home builders, the Interior Design Team from Tracery Interiors and Senoia’s Historic Development Ventures, LLC.
This farmhouse revival project is expected to draw as many as 40,000 visitors from across the country, and Southern Living is scheduled to feature it the August 2012 issue. The home will be open for tours from June to December 2012.