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Boost Curb Appeal to Help Sell Your Home

If you're trying to sell your house, boosting its curb appeal can help make—or break—a sale. Tackling outdoor projects may seem daunting, but starting with these tasks can help make your yard look fresh and inviting, according to CNNMoney.com.

Mulch

A fresh layer of mulch provides visual contrast and makes foliage and flowers more eye-catching. Mulch also keeps water in the soil and provides nutrients as it breaks down, keeping your plants healthier all year long.

For a large project, you'll need more than a few bags of mulch from your neighborhood home center. Consider having a local landscape supply company deliver mulch to your home instead. Since this mulch will be local, there will be less chance that it will introduce invasive diseases or insects into your garden. Bagged mulch often comes from hundreds of miles away.

Using a garden spade, cut a clean edge around your beds, then use a wheelbarrow, pitch fork, and rake to lay at least a two-inch thick mulch bed.

Seal decks and fences

All outdoor woodwork needs protection from elements. Seal with stain. Paint requires first scraping and sanding every time you need to refresh the area. Invest in premium oil-based stain—it will soak into the wood and minimize prep work for your next coat. Purchase stain that contains UV (ultraviolet) blockers to prevent sun damage to the wood.

Before staining, use a wood cleaner and a soft-bristled brush to remove dirt and mildew, or use a power washer, which you can rent for about $50 to $100 per day.

Doing these jobs yourself can save money

If working outdoors isn't your forte, find a handyman to do these jobs at a reasonable cost.

Once you complete the bigger projects, make sure to mow and edge the lawn on a regular basis, trim hedges, and plant flowers. If your yard doesn't look well-maintained, buyers will assume your home isn't either and drive on by.

If you're looking for a new home while trying to sell your current one, Global Credit Union can help with all your financing needs. Contact any of our home loan centers today.

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