Re-blogging this post for all of us that must deal with the clean up after hurricane Irma.
Curb Appeal After Hurricane IRMA
We’ve been walking in our neighborhood and driving through others to witness the damage caused by Hurricane IRMA. And while we’ve seen very little structural damage, what we saw was toppled or split trees and palm fronds and leaves everywhere.
If your house is currently on the market or even if not, now is the time to address your curb appeal for now and down the road.
First- if you haven’t yet, photograph your house inside and out to show any damages to it.
If your house is on the market, contact your agent if you have any damage to keep them in the loop. Let them know where you stand after the hurricane.
Garbage and recycling should be back on schedule for most municipalities.
FEMA has issued guidelines for where and how to place any debris you have.
~Make sure that you do not block the road or place debris near trees or fire hydrants.This allows trucks and other equipment a quick access and retrieval of items placed for pick up.
~Separate your debris. For example, household garbage must go in one pile and construction debris in another, while plants, leaves and other vegetation should go in a third pile.
Contact your local landscaper or nursery to learn about pruning any trees or bushes left standing for future growth and health. The salt air blown on many of our trees, especially the grape trees, have damaged many of the leaves. Find out what you can do for these.
If you’ve lost plants, trees, or shrubs step back and take a look. You can decide whether or not they need to be replaced to enhance your space or not.
I know that every time I prepare for a hurricane, I wish that I didn’t have so many yard things that I have to secure or bring in so that they don’t become flying missiles.
Before you replace everything, consider editing those cute little objects you have tucked away in your pots and bushes.
And Don’t Forget…
Our pools took a beating, especially if your power was off and the pool filter wasn’t working.
Make sure you consult your pool service or local pool store to find out what chemicals will be needed to sanitize your pool and return it to its beautiful blue color.
Your curb appeal is typically the 2nd impression a buyer will make...the first being via the internet.
Buyers begin to make up their minds as they are pulling up to your driveway.
Put what IRMA has left us to good use...reevaluate your curb appeal. Keep it simple and keep it streamlined.