DIY Your Curb Appeal this Summer

  • Stephen Dougherty
  • 07/6/20

When it comes to amping up your home’s resale value, summertime is a great time to think about curb appeal. As the very first thing that open house visitors will see – the outside of your home – you want first impressions to be not just good, but great. Luckily, there are even a few easy ways for you to up your game in this department. It’s not all roofing and new coats of paints.

Below, I’ve outlined three easy-to-accomplish ways to both enhance your home’s curb appeal and also get a little outdoor enjoyment out of the rest of the summer season.

  • Turn your backyard into an urban oasis:

The main problem with gardening in the city has to do with space: just not enough of it and generally not even the right kind of space (concrete being much less friendly to flowers than green grass and soil). There are a few clever ways you can fix this problem, while also adding some quaint DIY appeal to your outdoor spaces. Hanging gardens avoid the problem of space altogether, while creating a feature that draws the eye upwards. You can really get creative with how you approach this one, too. Try anything from hanging baskets to re-purposed shutters to wooden picture frames. Look to local publication Citywide Stories has some great advice on gardening in the city here.

  • Turn old patio furniture new again:

Your outdoor furniture doesn’t have to look weathered just because it sits outdoors. One of the easiest fixes that adds so much color and pop to a patio, backyard, or roof-deck? Good old spray paint. Just be sure to give your furniture a good cleaning before spraying on the new paint layer.

  • Make sure your address is prominent and visitor-friendly:

It’s easy-to-overlook, but oh-so-important. The address sign in front of your home is the first point of greeting to guests and residents alike. Give the old numbers a good dusting, or replace them completely with something fun and fresh. Check out these gorgeous artist-created address signs (made right here in Fishtown) for some local inspiration.

Do you have questions about other ways to work on upping your curb appeal or home resale value? Contact Stephen Dougherty, anytime: 215-485-0082 or

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