Jess, Home Owner in Neptune, NJ

I want to improve my curb appeal however, I live in a townhome so we're not allowed to plant anything in the ground. What can I do?

Asked by Jess, Neptune, NJ Sat Mar 26, 2011

As is common i most condo and townhome developments owners are not allowed to plant anything in the ground. Last summer I bought two Sheppard hooks to include in the little landscaping that the associates gives us (small dilapidated evergreen bushes that by no means cover up the giant cement wall to our elevated front porch). I also put a large planter on the corner of the 4' x 4' cement "walkway" from the driveway to the front steps. It did add some color but I really need it to stand out this year as we're considering putting our home on the market.

What other gardening tricks are there to improve curb appeal when you can't do your own landscaping?

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Enhancing the curb appeal of your townhouse can make a significant difference when it comes to successfully selling your home. Curb appeal, as with any home, is the first thing anyone sees about its condition. With that
said, before you decide to make a frontal assault on your townhouse with a different color of paint, review your association's rules and regulations on what can and cannot be done to the home's exterior. This makes townhouses a little more challenging when it comes to improvements. You may be restricted with changing the exterior in certain respects. However, it may be permissible to do little things here and there in order to enhance the curb appeal of your townhouse.

Front door. The front door is what everyone walks up to when they enter your townhouse. A fresh coat of paint can do very well for the curb appeal of your townhouse. If you have some money in the budget, a storm door is a sharp compliment to the front door. If the existing hardware is outdated, is losing its original color, or is falling off, replace the hardware.

Door frame, doorbell, and address numbers. Paint the framing around the door. A fresh coat of paint here will also promote curb appeal of your townhouse. Replacing the doorbell is an inexpensive upgrade. If the address numbers can be painted, a new coat of paint will give them some pop.

Front steps and porch. If the front porch is cement, consider power washing it. It can produce a fresh, clean appearance and enhance the curb appeal of your townhouse. If the porch is wood, consider a fresh coat of paint or stain. Remove any items from the porch area that don't need to be there. In a small area like the porch of a townhouse, less is more, so remove any unnecessary items. If the welcome mat is worn out, discard it or buy a new one. If you don't want to spend money on a new one, then go without the mat.

Siding. While most likely the siding cannot be changed to a different color, it can be cleaned. Consider power washing the front of the siding. If you cannot obtain a power washer, cleaning with a regular hose can be sufficient. Spray the siding and clean off any dirt and grime.
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Make sure the front of your townhouse is clean and freshy painted, especially the front door. Try some hanging plants or place some ornaments around the front of your townhouse. Try hanging a very nice spring or fall wreath on your front door
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Jess: I think everyone has answered your question very well but I did find a site that has some unique outdoor items that you may want to consider. You could put a wall mounted waterfall or a bird bath with some flowers floating in it.…
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You might also see if you can put up some awnings. They can really dress up the front. Highly recommend the front door be painted and the hardware replaced if it's pitted at all.
That being said, nothing ismore important than right pricing! Do your research, ask questions here, and get a few local agents who really know the market to help you price competitively.
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I know you are looking for some gardening curb appeal but here are a few suggestions to creating some curb appeal to your unit which shouldn't be overlooked:

1.Vacuum the foyer and/or hallway approaching your unit;
2.Sweep the walkway, steps and landing outfront the door to your building;
3.Windex the glass on the front door and side panes of your building;
4.Windex the inside and outside of your sliding doors which lead to your patio/balcony (if applicable);
5.Hang new window treatments on your sliding glass doors (if applicable);
6.Wash down the door to your unit; and
7.Place a nice, clean welcome mat outside your unit door.

Good luck.

Gina Chirico, Sales Associate
Lattimer Realty
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 26, 2011
All the other answers were great. The other option for the cement wall would be to get a wood trellis and cut to size of the wall - under the siding. Leave natural or spray paint a color to match the house and tap into the ground.
Good luck
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If you have a little area but can't plant in it add some lawn ornament or decor. If you add potted plant or colors bowls that would be nice. For a big cement wall try adding a potted plant with a trelis in it to bring the plant & color upward. I nice welcome mat, making sure the door and door area are clean, and that the light by the door is in working order and looks fresh or up to date. Good luck!
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You are thinking ahead and this is good! How about putting two larger pots on each side of your front door with tall cedar type plants or something nice and green that stands out and looks ornamental. Maybe your HOA would allow you to cover the concrete with pavers? A nice brick herringbone pattern. As the weather warms up red Geraniums and some ivy in the color pot you already have would be a nice touch. As the other agent mentioned you can add new hardware to your door such as kick plate, knobs door knockers, door bell, house numbers, clean your door or repaint with a fresh coat of paint will look sharp. If the door is metal you can use Bondo for dent repairs before you paint. Also, give your windows a good cleaning inside and out and don't forget a new door mat and on the inside entry area do sprucing there. Buyers make their buying decision within the first 5 seconds of walking into a home.

Have fun,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Mar 26, 2011
Well you could have potted plants, you could touch up the front door with paint or new hardware if permitted and if it is looking tired. Paint, flowers, clean windows and neat front yard and entry way make a terrific impression. Good luck.
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