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Friday, May 14, 2010

First Impressions

Have you ever driven down a country road and you see this charming house for sale but its lawn hasn’t been mowed and what few flower beds surround the house, well, it all seems a bit unkempt? It may sound like your own ‘House Beautiful’ because life just comes at us and we all get too busy to make our outsides shine.

But ask any good real estate agent and they are certain to tell you that the outside of your home, the approach and arrival to the front door is what makes that first impression. Yep, the landscape is equally important as that freshly decorated kitchen or the number of bedrooms and baths. It’s because first impressions do last and if you feel welcomed before you even walk through the door, it makes everything else you see much more pleasing to the eye. It’s not to say that what is inside doesn’t matter but it gets you in a better frame of mind and it opens your senses. And this little tip is even more important for you as a homeowner because you aren’t just trying to dress up your house to sell it; you are living there everyday.

When you drive home from a long day at work, isn’t it nice to see your approach to your house? It gives you that warm feeling that you can relax, especially if the lawn is mowed and the beds are colorful and neat. Again, I like the wild and wooly approach. Remember, my personal gardens are always in experimental stages and I thrive on what I should do next. But if you want to make that first impression, remember to shine from the outside first!

Not to forget our inspirational quotes, I’ll leave you with two as we fast approach our weekend. Somehow there is this waging battle for those of us who love to be outdoors! First, the unknown author’s observation is that “man is a peculiar creature. He spends a fortune making his home insect-proof and air-conditioned, and then eats in the yard.” But Esther Meynell quickly reminds us that we never blink twice about being outdoors because our gardens provide us with such pleasure. “A garden has a curious innocent way of consuming cash while all the time you are under the illusion that you are spending nothing.”
Image from Internet - Tom Hanks in the movie 'The Money Pit'
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