Living in Breckenridge or one of the surrounding mountain communities in Summit County, Colorado is an amazing opportunity. However, the long harsh winters can wreak havoc with your home's exterior and yard. Additionally, the mountain pine beetle has killed many mature trees in the last decade or so. So what can you do do improve the curb appeal of your home in Breckenridge and Summit County?
First of all, few mountain homes have lawns to mow. Whether this is due to topography, poor soil or lack of outside irrigation, the "natural" look is definitely the norm for most Summit County properties. But that's only the beginning.
The Colorado Mountain Retreat Realty team has a variety of tips to help you boost the curb appeal and resale value of your home. Contact us for all the details about how we can help sellers in Summit County or read more about the great ways to make your home more attractive and give you a more enticing property to spend time in:
Clean up Dead Trees, Underbrush, and Slash
This is a very inexpensive way to improve the curb appeal of your home, plus it helps reduce fuel source for wildfires, should we experience one. By removing the old trees, underbrush, and slash, the new plants can and will naturally sprout and fill in the spaces. In fact, Summit County officials will haul your slash away for you for free. Twice per year, crews come through every neighborhood in the county and remove any slash which is neatly stacked by the side of the road!
Replace Artificial Retaining Walls With Boulder Retaining Walls
Instead of concrete or other artificial retaining walls, consider a boulder retaining wall. These are aesthetically pleasing walls built from strategically placed boulders can be interplanted with native plants and shrubbery. A boulder retaining wall looks so much more attractive than concrete or railroad ties! Eventually the plantings will make the wall look like it is truly a part of nature.
Plant Native Wildflowers
The United States Forest Service has developed seed mixes uniquely suited for our climate. These can be purchased at local landscaping retails stores. These native wildflower plants are beautiful, return year after year, and do not typically require any irrigation. Just imagine sitting on your deck enjoying an explosion of beautiful wild flowers in your yard that you don’t have to mow or water!
Stain or paint your home regularly
The high altitude and thin air in Colorado combined with long winters mean that paints and stains that last 10 or more years in the rest of the world only last around 5 years here in the Breckenridge area. By keeping your home freshly stained or painted, you are protecting your substantial investment, avoiding costly repairs due to water and sun damage, and helping your home to always look its best.
Consider Replacing Your Siding
If your siding has weathered to the point of no return, use a concrete option to replace it such as Old Kentucky Log. This fiber cement product can be stained any color, and then needs no further maintenance. Not only does it look like real log, but also is fire resistant and will give you a safer home!
These are just a few ideas for improving the curb appeal of your home. If you intend to sell your property, these things will help your home sell faster and for more money! But even if you are not selling, a more attractive, safer home is great for you and for your neighborhood.
In addition to offering on how to add curb appeal to your mountain home, Colorado Mountain Retreat Realty also offers many other resources to potential sellers in Breckenridge and throughout Summit County. For example, we provide a free estimate of your home's value so that you have an idea of how much your home is worth before you decide to list it. Find out what your home is worth today!