How To Dress Up Your Front Door or Yard To Make A Great Impression

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Home Stager with Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors
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In the Northeast, the magic no-freeze date for outdoor plantings starts Now that spring seems to really be settling in with the magic "May 15th freeze-free" date around the corner,

it's time for sellers to add those potted plants to the front door, back patio, or to freshen up tired landscaping. Just as interior designs change, so do outdoor landscaping trends. Remember the ivy and pachysandra beds of yesterday?

Now it's colorful grasses, ferns (for shady areas), and interesting up- or down- sweeping evergreens -- in the northeast -- that are popular.  A beautifully landscaped yard -- front or back -- grabs buyers' attention and goes a long way towards creating outdoor ambience and a lifestyle that buyers want. The easiest and cheapest way to upgrade the look of your front entrance is with LARGE potted plants -- use urns with flowers or small evergreens for a more traditional, formal look (especially when used in pairs), potted palms for a tropical or beach location, or large ceramic or pottery containers with colorful annuals for a more casual or whimsical look. If the front steps or landing are small, one pot or large hanging plant will work fine. For added pizzazz, use flowers that match a colorful front door -- think purple pansies or pink petunias or geraniums. Don't forget to consider the amount of sun that the plants will need, since many front entryways tend to be shady. A good option besides the traditional impatiens or begonias are New Guinea impatiens and red ferns. 

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Home Staging Bergen County -- Amy Bly

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Rainmaker
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Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
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Hi Amy,

Beautifully done and "A beautifully landscaped yard -- front or back -- grabs buyers' attention and goes a long way towards creating outdoor ambience and a lifestyle that buyers want..." and very well said.

May 11, 2011 03:45 PM #1
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Amy,

This is just gorgeous! The pots take the cake!

May 11, 2011 07:30 PM #2
Rainer
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Lynda and Susan -- thanks so much! I think flowers and landscaping make such a big difference in how a place looks. Susan, I love your slogan "The Better It Looks The Better It Sells"! Couldn't agree more! 

May 12, 2011 12:34 AM #3
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Love these photos - all of them. Large potted plants absolutely make a difference.

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos, Amy.

Kathy

May 12, 2011 01:16 AM #4
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Denver, CO
Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders

Really pretty photos Amy! Reminds me of how much the northeast resembles England, sigh:) All those lovely hanging baskets and flowers that grow so well there. Thanks for posting!

May 12, 2011 04:34 AM #5
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Kathy, I agree potted plants can make a B-I-G difference in how a front entry/porch looks! And they're so inexpensive and easy to do/buy!

Hi, Tessa (love your name, btw). I've never been to England, but I can see the similarity in plantings and landscaping that we in NJ and states north of here share. I've lived in NEW England (Massachusetts, Maine), and have a special fondness for the cottage and English garden look. 

May 12, 2011 08:58 AM #6
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Virginia Kail
Investments, starter houses, luxury homes,farms, acreage - Cookeville, TN
American Way Real Estate, Homes and Land for Sale

Amy,

You've answered a question that's plagued me for years!

"Remember the ivy and pachysandra beds of yesterday?"

Ever since I bought my house and began trying to get rid of all these vines, I've been asking why anyone in their right mind would do this?!?!  Now I know.

May 15, 2011 04:33 PM #7
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Virginia, I hate to admit it, I still have large pachysandra beds in my front yard (that came with the house when we bought it 11 years ago). But I'm not selling . . . YET. They are insidious, aren't they? Just too big a job I don't want to tackle right now, but I plan to eventually!

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