Outdoor Improvements That Boost Your Utah Home's Curb Appeal

Theresa Lovett is a home stager and landscape design writer. She loves entertaining and playing in her backyard, but she hates yard work. She recently added a bigger patio and pool so she’d have less grass to mow.

Utah is a dream for those who love the great outdoors, especially during winter’s ski season. Showcasing your yard lets visitors and neighbors know you’re in tune with the natural aesthetics of the Beehive State.

Boost your Utah home’s curb appeal with a few improvements that won’t break the bank. Getting the house ready to sell takes a plan and a willingness to see the home through the eyes of a would-be buyer.   

Curb Appeal

Mowing the lawn, trimming trees, and cleaning up debris are all part of a basic, yet important maintenance routine. But the idea of "curb appeal" goes much further than well-kept landscaping. Here's a list of easy, DIY projects.

  • Repair, paint, or replace the mailbox, and plant flowers around it
  • Paint or stain window frames, railings, flower boxes, wooden steps, and entryways (Painting the door black may raise the selling price by as much as $6,000). 
  • Purchase large, legible house numbers for the front door
  • Powerwash the driveway and walkways
  • Shine or replace outdoor hardware (knobs, window pulls, and the like)
  • Replace outdoor light fixtures. (New LED lighting is energy-efficient and may reduce your electric bill). If you can’t purchase new lights, clean the old fixtures 
  • Place solar light sticks along the drive and walkways.

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