home improvement

Tis the Season to add Curb Appeal

Before the first tulip blooms and the heat gets turned off, I parade my pasty self into the salon for a buffing and spritzing, a spring-ing, if you will. Its nothing major, but a little extra work to scrub away the winter makes a world of difference from my hair to my toes. It is the time of year to shed some winter layers and show off.

The same applies to your house. If major home improvements are not in your budget or schedule this spring, you can still add curb appeal with a good ole power wash and gutter declutter. A power washer rental will cost you about $40 a day from Home Depot and the difference will astound you.

As I sit in the pedicure chair, with massaging mechanical hands kneading my tired, aging muscles and look down at my freshly painted toes, I am in awe at the difference that a little sanding and paint can do. Not the year to shell out a small fortune to have your house repainted or sided? That's okay! What about adding a pop of color by painting your front door or porch rails? Go bold! This Spring pops of bright hues are all the rage.

Next stop at the salon is the waxing station. The stylist asks if I want the whole package; brows, underarms, legs, bikini. Am I trimming? Removing? Reshaping? Really, this is a personal decision and the same goes for your landscaping. I say if you're looking to make a statement, make a change. Reshape those hedges, or remove them all together. Replace them with the easier to care for and trending topiary. How about using a statement-making black mulch around tree trunks and in flower beds? This will help the green of the grass and the bright colors of the flowers really stand out.

I am about to leave the salon when the cosmetologist convinces, me that a fresh makeup application will be the perfect finishing touch. She is right. Finishing touches are key. I sit back down. Window boxes are a great finishing touch . If you're like me and glad that you moved into a house with already established flower beds full of perennials that only require a bit of weeding and watering, you're in luck. Many hardware stores and home and garden shops sell already planted window boxes. This takes the guessing out of it. Just be sure to mention the location of your windows and the amount of light exposure that they get to the expert.

Whether you are down for a brow wax or Botox, the addition of a few topiaries or the addition of a three season sun room, there is always room for improvement, and there is no better time to make a change than at the change of the seasons. Happy spring!