Let’s Talk About Mulch – Good Advice

I was driving down the road today and notice.., not for the first time.., one of our neighbors’ landscaping.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t looking at it admirably, I was looking at it as “yikes.”No Edging Blocks

When you decide to get new mulch for your landscaping beds, please, don’t just load new mulch on top of the old.  You actually need to scrape the old weathered mulch from the beds and replace it with new mulch.  If you don’t, you start creating a “mound effect” which will always spill the mulch out into the yard whenever we get a heavy rain.

When you buy new mulch, they always recommend that you add 2-3″ thick.  That doesn’t mean that you should add 2-3″ on top of existing.  That means that you should scrape the old stuff out – dispose of it, and replace with 2-3″ of new mulch.

Many people don’t think about this, but many of our customers have this vecurb1ry complaint – “My mulch spills into my grass!”  This doesn’t necessarily mean you need borders – but perhaps you need a little maintenance instead.

However, borders are, in my opinion of course, the best way to go!  Contact us today for your Free Estimate for bordering your home and keeping it safer to walk on your sidewalks and driveways.407-957-9208

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Meet Scott Bailey – Owner & Operator of Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders

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I can trust him! Tweet Tweet!

Animal lover and nature enthusiast!  Here, we were simply enjoying an afternoon one day in our back yard, when we had an unsuspected visitor!  This beautiful little blue jay was too young to think that “humans are bad,” and this baby bird spent about 10 minutes hopping all over Scott!  The moral of this story is that this little bird obviously felt safe with Scott.

And you should too.  Scott has spent over 18 years perfecting his concrete landscaping borders business.  He carefully did research and selected the best machine that would support not only the weight of standard home-owner lawnmowers, but he built a custom made efficient trailer to work out of.

Scott is a real stickler about customer service and his quality of work!  He ensures that the customer is always satisfied with the job they needed, and he performed!  He has worked for both homeowners and major companies alike!

Scott’s background is the hospitality industry, and now-a-days, that’s a rare find!  We receive so many phone calls from people that ask if we “need” the work because they’ve been turned down or disappointed in so many other companies!   The average consumer has a difficult time getting someone to actually do their job. Unbelievable!   In our world, the customer is always the main focus.

We relocated from Orlando to Saint Cloud about 20 years ago to make a life for ourselves, and our family.  This isn’t a secondary job for him, it is his livelihood and his passion.  He can’t afford to get it wrong or make mistakes.  He wants, and is proud of his work and accomplishments!  That is his “drive.”

Scott understands the needs of the average homeowner and helps to design a flowerbed or landscaping project that best suits the individual home.  No house is the same – even if they’re in a cookie-cutter designed community – Scott can frame your landscaping, and make your home stand out!Troweling

His philosophy is built on a handshake.  His word is his bond!  When you consent to a job, he will book the job, buy the materials, hire the crew, show up as scheduled, pour your borders, clean-up and finish as agreed.  You pay after the completion of the job, not before.  He guarantee’s the workmanship and materials.  We have many repeat customers, so I guess you can say that we’re not a love-them-and-leave-them type of company.  We’ve been here through thick and thin.

If you would be interested in Concrete Landscaping Borders around your home, give us a call.  Estimates are free within the Central Florida area!  You can’t beat Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders – or Scott Bailey!

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What’s In Your Yard?

VJ 5The owner already had the pavers, but he called us in to “finish” the look.  Doesn’t it look great?

We completed several hundred feet so far.  Due to this time of year where afternoon thundershowers hit, we started doing ground prep on Thursday, followed up with curb installation on Friday.  Unfortunately, the Friday storms ruined about 7 feet at the end of the run, but because THIS IS OUR PRIMARY BUSINESS, we went back on Saturday, cut out the damaged parts, and replaced them (at no additional fee for the homeowner).  The homeowners were very impressed.  We back our work and guarantee our workmanship (certain conditions apply).

VJ 8Matter of fact, one of his next-door neighbors tried to get the similar job done by a “new” company in the area to save a few bucks; and to be quite frank, they did not install a nice job.  Even though I always hope that Scott gets additional photographs so that I can share the difference of “bad” borders versus “great borders”, it can always get a little tricky.

Many of the other companies in our area have other full-time jobs, and do this after hours to make a few extra bucks.  Not Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders.  We are full time, and customer satisfaction  is our #1 priority.  We try to keep our overhead low to pass on savings, and don’t spend a lot of money on advertising, so it is very important that our clients are happy with our work.  That’s how we earn most of our business! Word of Mouth.., and what I post here.

You can always take a look at our website to view information so as good borders, bad borders, what to expect, what’s available, and what to look for.  We also give you ball park estimates so you can figure out if Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders is right for your yard, and how to measure the linear footage with a simply garden hose.  We’re not going to steer you wrong.  If you want “stamping” (pattern on curb), keep going.  We don’t do that, and we explain why on our site.

However, as a homeowner, we believe that you deserve the know and understand what you’re buying.  Please use our site to educate yourself, and decide if Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders is right for you!  Call us today for YOUR free estimate!

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It Looks Like Rain

Now that the torrential summer downpours are here, are you noticing that your mulch is floating out of your flower beds into your lawn?  Perhaps the mulch is spilling over onto your sidewalks making it more dangerous when you walk outside?

You should consider getting Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders.  Not only will you “frame” your landscaping, but it will keep your family safer, and your lawn more appealing.  Our borders are designed with the homeowner in mind.  Our mower style makes it simple to ride the wheels directly upon the edge, reducing “edging” time.

 

No EdgingThe picture to the right here shoes no border whatsoever.  Grass can grow straight in, and the mulch can flow right out into your lawn.

 

Black Plastic BorderHere, to the left, you’ll see black plastic borders.  I don’t think we need to tell you what is wrong with this picture.

No Edging woodBut, I can’t leave out the trusted ole wooden ties that are sometimes used.  See the difference?

What you need to control and manage your landscape are concrete landscaping borders, and as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what we specialize in.  For over 18 years, this has been our sole business – creating a beautiful manageable landscaping design for thousands of Central Floridians.

Keep your landscaping under control!  We invite your to look at our website, as we give you options, advice and testimonials as well as recommended vendors that we’ve worked with throughout the years and found them to be exceptional.

Lawn Flower CurbingTackle the upcoming rainy season by calling us today for your free estimate.  We’re located just a stones throw from Orlando, which would be St. Cloud, Florida.

 

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Curbing – Top 3 Things to Look For

Today, we were replacing curbs from some ‘other’ curbing company in St. Cloud.  The unfortunate thing about it was that the owners didn’t know what to look for when it came to curbing.  And, the ‘other’ company obviously installed their curbs before a rain-storm hit, so the curbing was badly pitted.  They should have covered the curbs if a storm were pending, not just leave the job site.

However, the damaged and crumbled curbs were picked up by  Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders and transported quickly to the landfill!  After-which, new borders were installed – with color!   I should have the complete pictures for this job tomorrow, which I will share with you.

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Anyway, what I’m boiling down to is; do you know what to look for?  Here is an example of what you definitely DON’T want with your borders.

This picture was actually taken in 2003 by someone that hired us.  For the record, these are NOT our borders. Notice how uneven and wavy the top is?  This is just “crap installation” here.  Can you see the difference?

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In this second picture, you see straight lines that are easy to mow around.  For the record, these ARE our borders.

You want your borders to “frame” and complement your landscape – not distract from it.  You don’t want “roller-coaster’ curbs – you want straight, smooth and level curbing.  THAT’s how you frame your landscaping.

And, a big plus (know that the rainy season is upon us); concrete landscaping borders keeps the mulch in – and the grass out!

So; when investigating this avenue for your landscaping; think about the following:

  1. How long have they been in business?
  2. Can they provide customer names for references?
  3. Guarantee’s?  Will they come back for repairs?

You wouldn’t believe how many companies fade in and fade out.  We can proudly say that we’ve been doing Concrete Landscaping Borders in this area for 18 years.  Shouldn’t you go with a successfully locally owned and operated company?  This is the only business we have – full time!  That’s us!

Homework:  You as a homeowner should do due diligence to determine if the company you select will be able to perform the job to your satisfaction; are able to complete repairs if needed; have a solid foundation of customer service; and a fair price.  Research this site to give you prices, curb styles, color options, and how to measure.

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders has been operating since 1997, with thousands of satisfied customers.  Please contact us today for your FREE estimate!

Proudly serving Central Florida.  Call 407-957-9208.

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Another Satisfied Customer

20150512_071238We’re always so proud to have our clients contact us after the job!  Mr. McCorkle actually shared his pictures of his curbing job to share with you!  Thanks!

“We used this company a couple of months ago and have very happy with the work they performed for us. They were very prompt and personable as well as professional throughout the process. We are planning on having them back to do some additional work as soon as we have the area ready. We highly recommend this company to anyone in need of this type of work.

Thanks for the great job Scott !” 

S. McCorkle – St. Cloud, FL 05/13/15

Concrete Landscaping Borders keeps the mulch in – and grass out!

20150512_071142Contact us today for your free estimate!

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DOES LANDSCAPING INCREASE YOUR HOME’S VALUE?

Written by Andrea Davis on Monday, 13 October 2014 3:14 pm

After spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on landscaping, how do you know if you’ll recoup your investment? Homeowners may wonder if their efforts are worthwhile compared to interior projects. In actuality, landscaping comes back in resale value more than you may think.

According to a publication from Virginia Tech, a home landscape has been valued at around 15 percent of a home’s total value. Furthermore, certain landscape aspects add more to the home than others, including:

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Design: 42%

Plant size: 36%

Diversity of plants: 22%

The study cited that a $150,000 home could go from $8,300 in worth to almost $19,000 more with the addition of a landscape.

That’s a lot for just adding a front yard to your home.

Here is more information about these elements and how to increase the value of your home.

 

Landscape Design


Photo courtesy of Jardin Passion Landscape ConHow you design the landscape is the first step in creating a beautiful and valuable front yard. If you plant shrubs, flowers and trees without a design in mind, you could run into maintenance issues down the road. This is why you might call in a landscape designer to help. Landscape designers have the knowledge when it comes to creating landscapes to match homes and climate conditions. They know which trees, shrubs and flowers mix versus which ones might be troublesome. The end result will be a manageable, uncluttered and beautiful landscape that you can enjoy for little to no hassle.

Plant Size


Photo courtesy of Applegate Landscape Co.On a visual level, adding different plant sizes will make your front yard look more appealing. Adding different shapes and colors complements your home and the lawn. On a maintenance level, mixing small and big plants will cut down on clutter in your yard. If you have too many bushy plants, their roots and branches could get mixed together and cause maintenance issues. So plant different trees, shrubs and flowers to make your landscape colorful and varied to add onto your home’s appeal and save on trouble.

Diverse Plants

Lawn Flower CurbingPhoto courtesy of M&M Garden DesignsIntertwined with the plant sizes you choose are how diverse they should be. You don’t want to plant only shrubs and trees with leaves. Vary it up with fruit trees or shrubs that have flowers to add color to the front yard. You also might choose annual and perennial flowers to sprinkle across your yard. You will need to replace annuals every year, but that gives you the chance to try out different flowers. Perennials, on the other hand, will last for many years and can endure harsh winter conditions.

Conclusion

Whether you hire a landscape designer or decide to tackle the front yard landscape yourself, be sure to include these three elements. Adding them to your front yard will pay back dividends in your home resale value, and it will make your home more attractive to buyers.

Curb Appeal Concrete Landscaping Borders have been proudly servicing Central Florida since 1997!  Call us today for YOUR free estimate!

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Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal

Curb Appeal: Does Your Home Have It?

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal

True curb appeal can be an elusive thing. But there are a number of solutions available to homeowners who want to increase the value of their home or the likelihood of it selling. In fact, sometimes the issue is deciding which projects you should take on and which just are not worth it.

To make things simple, we are going to look at the house itself and the landscaping separately. We also want to make it clear that while you can always add features to both the building and property, proper maintenance of both is paramount in your efforts to get full value out of your sale. Usually, appraisers deduct the estimated cost of repairs from the estimated value. So by keeping up with routine care, you either save money in repair costs or make it close.

If you have the budget for large projects, you will likely want to hire professionals to design and develop a theme that fits the property itself as well as the location. If you are doing this all on your own, your best bet is to play it safe and work on the little things that tie your home together.

The House Itself

This is exactly what the buyer came to see. Therefore, you want to make the home look as inviting as possible. It is important that it looks taken care of so that prospective buyers can see themselves living in it. In nearly every market, how your home stacks up against the surrounding properties for sale is a key factor.

Home Maintenance

This is where all the hard work you put in over the years pays off or where all the neglect and procrastination finally catches up to you. The majority of the market is not looking for a fixer-upper; make sure both the interior and exterior of your home looks fresh and new! If your home needs a lot of work, it may not be something that buyers want to take on, especially if your competition is virtually maintenance free. Perform home maintenance regularly and it will not seem overwhelming when you are prepping to sell.

Get to Cleaning

Start with the windows, the trim, the siding, even the garage door needs to be cleaned up. Whatever you are not refinishing needs to look as clean and new as possible. Do not be scared to rent a pressure washer, and do not be afraid to ask a few friends to help you a few weekends in a row. If that is just too much fuss for you, a professional cleaning crew will cost you a few hundred dollars and get the job done in a couple of days.

Refinish and Replace

If you really want your home to sell, you have to be willing to touch up the damage that time, the elements, and your family have inflicted upon your home. Paint where necessary. Replace rotted and damaged trim. Find new house numbers and accents to substitute for the old and rusty versions. While making these cost-effective changes, you can simultaneously develop a new look for your property. With less work than homeowners often realize, the entire look of a house can change and its curb appeal can rise dramatically.

Roof and Gutters

This aspect of a home exterior gets special recognition from us because it can be so important but is too often overlooked by homeowners. Roofs are one area where regular maintenance really pays off. A new roof is very expensive and problems are hard for appraisers to miss, especially when they are significantly worse than the rest of the neighborhood. If you are lucky, you may get by with a good cleaning. If you have never given it a thought, you may need a complete overhaul. Either way, hire a professional and solicit the advice of your Realtor®.

Home Upgrades 

Does Your Front Door Add to your homes curb appeal?Some small upgrades are almost mandatory if you are serious about increasing your curb appeal. Make sure that you determine your budget before you begin to spend money on changes. It is important that you maximize your return on investment when spending money on a home you are looking to sell. No one wants a money pit that does not bring some type of return so invest wisely and reap the rewards.

Spruce up the Front Door

Your homes front door should be the focal point of its exterior. The way you dress it up can go a long way towards presenting an inviting appearance. Luckily, you do not have to make an expensive change to create a large effect. A simple touch of color, to the door itself, with trim, or potted plants as an accent can really make a statement or add a lovely addition to your overall theme. If you want to make a stronger statement, upgrade the light fixtures flanking the front door. Or go even bigger by adding stone or tile to your stoop, steps, or porch.

Windows and Trim

If you want to take things a step further than a coat of paint, getting new windows, trim, and shutters can really transform the look of a house. And when done right, this simple change can tie together a house and significantly increase curb appeal. You can also add extra dimension, texture, and color to the exterior by adding window boxes than fit in with the rest of the design. Surprisingly, even subtle changes (like a new window trim color) can make the exterior of your home stand out and get the property noticed.

Revamp Your Exterior

If it is within your budget, and you want to get the highest impact, upgrade the home’s exterior. You can add some stone detail on the front for texture and class or redo the entire home for the serious increase in equity. If you go the latter route, we highly recommend that you seek professional advice and collaborate with your Realtor® in order to maximize your return on investment. Often, local trends determine what type of large projects can be the most beneficial. A trusted real estate agent is your best resource for important market info!

Does Your Home Have Curb Appeal? Really…Does it?

Lawn and Landscaping

The modern home buyer understands that with their purchase, comes not only a building or two on a plot of land, but that plot of land itself. And as far as curb appeal is concerned, a buyer notices the lawn and landscaping well before they ever see how the master bathroom looks. What you do with the property can go a long way toward determining how long it stays on the market. Keep your yard looking its best and you will minimize any possible distractions as new buyers pull up to view your home.

Yard Maintanence

Fortunately, a little elbow grease can go a long way in the yard. If you always take care of your grass and natural areas, you can spend a lot less time here when it comes to putting your home on the market. The better your yard looks the more likely it is that buyers will want to stop and see what the rest of the home looks like. If you are unable to do the work yourself, hire out, but ensure your yard looks its best at all times.

Green Grass and Pretty Beds

You can avoid having to buy sod by taking care of your yard year-round. Seed, fertilize, water diligently, and it will pay off when it is time to move. Make sure that you keep your flower beds and natural areas free of weeds. Trim what needs to be trimmed, lay on a thick layer of mulch, and you can move onto the next project. If you have to do a whole revamp from neglect, you will have to spend a lot more time and energy just to get your landscape respectable.

Yard Accents

Accents such as arches, gates, fences, and sitting areas can be an asset to you as you attempt to sell your house. But if these items are in disarray or disrepair, they can actually have a negative effect. You do not want buyers to look at pieces in the yard and think the word “chore”. This can discourage buyers completely. Make sure that you take care of your yard so that it does not look cluttered and neglected. Your landscaping and architectural accents should compliment the home, not detract from it.

Yard Upgrades

Flowers Enhance Curb Appeal

It is smart to incorporate nature in multiple ways to the overall design and theme of your home’s exterior. There is also potential for significant increase in home value with different landscaping projects. If in doubt, drive through a few subdivisions or visit a new community in town to see what they are doing. Smart upgrades can add value to the home…unwise changes are a waste of time and money.

Flowers and Other Vegetation

Flowers are one of the best ways to splash some color across your lawn. Trees can provide aesthetic and practical value by providing shade or fruit. You can provide even more practical value by planting food or herbs gardens, which can also provide pleasant seasonal aromas or help to keep insects at bay. Sometimes, your existing beds can be enhanced with stone borders or a few new additions. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to attract more buyers and get your home off the market.

Mailbox Decor

For most homes, the mailbox is something like the ambassador for curb appeal. Make sure your mailbox at least looks new. Add some color with a few hardy flowers. At least make sure your mailbox is up to the neighborhood standard. But if you really want to make a statement, you can go for an upscale upgrade that will set your place apart from the street. Custom numbers or plates are another unique addition that can make your address stand out in a buyer’s mind.

Other Outside Accents

If you do not have any already, landscaping accents can be an inexpensive way to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your property. Comfortable places to sit, architectural novelties, and anything with water can really add that special touch of charm home buyers are often looking for. Certainly do not spend money here when you have more pressing concerns, but additions such as these can be a great way to spend the last couple hundred dollars of your budget.

Driveways and Walkways

If you have the budget for it, enhancing your driveways and walkways could be one of the best ways to gain a significant amount of home value. If you do not have a paved drive at all, or if it is in disrepair, this is a great way to add plenty of curb appeal. You can add stone borders or lighting to put your property in a different class. Driveways and walkways are the paths to your home, you want them to be an inviting path a buyer wants to travel on every day.

Parting Shots

Remember, curb appeal is not that difficult to come by, as long as you go about obtaining it the smart way. Start with maintenance: take care of your house and it will take care of you. Neglect it and reap what you sow!

A buyer’s first impression is all important. That is why it is so vital to coordinate your house and its landscaping in such a way that the property is instantly appealing. Professional advice is the best way to ensure that your money is well spent and that the changes you make will have a positive impact on your home’s value.

Try to look at your home as a potential buyer might. When you put yourself in that mindset, it is a lot easier to sense where you should really be critical, and most importantly, where your money is best spent.

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8 Essential Outdoor Upgrades for Selling Your Home

Whether you’re selling acres of land or a tiny urban terrace, it’s time to spruce up your outdoor space.

What sells real estate? Location, location, location. We’d like to add one more item to that list: outdoor space. Because regardless of your location or property type, an outdoor space can make or break the sale of your house — especially in nice weather.

“I once had a client willing to sell her condo and spend tens of thousands more for the same interior space, just so she could have a 3-by-5-foot terrace,” says Brian Murray, a real estate broker in Hoboken, NJ.

In other words, outdoor space matters, whether it’s a tiny patio or acres of landscaped gardens.

Motivated to improve yours? Experts advise focusing on fixes or upgrades — not major overhauls — that are low maintenance, decent quality, energy-efficient, and not too costly.

Here’s what to know about sprucing up your green space, from the front door to the back 40.

1. Pump up your curb appeal

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make that front entry burst with welcome.

Most importantly, paint, repair, or replace your front doorway. A new steel door consistently ranks among the best home improvements, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2015 “Cost vs. Value Report,” with a 100% return on investment (ROI).

Next, prune any plant overgrowth and add inexpensive shrubs and potted flowers.

Make sure the doorbell works too.

2. Add (or repair) a wood deck

According to the same report, adding a wood deck has an ROI of 80% — better than remodeling a bathroom — and constructing one costs a fraction of building an addition, but dramatically adds to perceived living space.

If you have an existing deck (or patio) in need of repair, now is the time to start swinging that hammer.

3. Check the roof

According to the National Association of Home Buyers, house hunters focus primarily on quality and appearance, so don’t let a sagging roof or leaky gutters drag you down.

A roof in ill repair indicates to a buyer that more unpleasant surprises may await, and a home inspection will quickly reveal if your roof needs work. Most roofs last between 20 and 30 years; if yours is nearing the end of its useful life (or it looks like it is), expect the buyer to talk you down on price.

4. Wash or replace siding

Attractive siding is second only to a nice front door when it comes to curb appeal, and worn siding can cost you 10% of your home’s value.

If yours is in good shape, get out the pressure washer and clean it up. If not, think about replacing it; the long-term ROI is up to 84% for fiber-cement cladding. Vinyl siding is an inexpensive, durable, and low-maintenance choice, though it won’t get you points for environmental friendliness, and some buyers may find it tacky.

5. Make landscaping attractive

Sure, your Pinterest page is full of sprawling gardens and rose-clad trellises, but in reality, most buyers want low-maintenance, unfussy landscaping.

Mature, healthy plantings are a bonus, but if your yard is still under development, try to maintain a green lawn. No buyer wants to imagine serving burgers to pals with a side of sad, browning grass. If you don’t have time to reseed, consider laying sod.

Next, add green shrubbery in a few key spots and prune unkempt trees or bushes, especially those darkening interior spaces or obscuring views. Finally, mulching gardens is another good way to add appeal.

6. Tidy up walkways and stairs

While you’ve got out the power washer, make sure pathways, stairs, and other paved areas are looking their best.

View your home with fresh eyes or ask a friend to provide an honest report. Are the stairs unsafe? Is the walkway ugly and cracked?

Listen up, and patch up those eyesores.

7. Avoid money pits

Real talk: Unless you live where it’s sunny all the time, a pool is not a good investment. It’s expensive to install and maintain, and not everyone wants one.

Thinking about adding an outdoor kitchen? Most buyers aren’t. Instead, put your money into universally appealing amenities; buyers can add niche amenities (a tennis court, a hot tub) later.

Your job is to focus on creating an outdoor space that looks nice, is functional, and is in good repair.

8. Sweat the small stuff

Whether you live in a city center or bucolic countryside, little things can have a big impact on buyers.

For example, you can easily and inexpensively add functional exterior lighting, cover an air-conditioning unit with a trellis, add a grill that says easy entertaining, install a cozy firepit, or stage a table with a glass of wine.

“Remember, buyers aspire — they want to see themselves living an amazing life in the place they’re going to buy,” advises Murray, the Hoboken-based broker. “Trust me, people will buy based on seeing the grill.”

Ultimately, spend the money on smart landscaping and universally appealing exterior elements to make your property look taken care of — it’s well worth it.

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20 Free Things to Do this Spring in the City

Spring is here and the weather is perfect for taking advantage of some of Orlando’s best events and amenities. Here is a list of 20 free things for families to do in the City this spring:

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Cycle Across Cady Way Trail
With warmer weather upon us, enjoy one of Orlando’s paved bike trails. The trail extends northeast from the Fashion Square Mall through Orange County, connecting to the Cross Seminole Trail.

Cady Way Trail
Learn more about the Cady Way Trail

Z.L. Riley Park
Brighten Your Day at Z.L. Riley Park
With amenities such as a picnic area, playground and pavilion, Z.L. Riley Park is a great location for birthday parties and events. Over half an acre in size, the park is a place where children can spend hours running, climbing and having fun at the bright and colorfully decorated playground.

Z.L. Riley Park
619 South Parramore Avenue
Z.L. Riley Park highlights

Kittinger Park
Take Flight at Joe Kittinger Park
Enjoy Orlando’s beautiful spring weather with family and friends at a park that inspires people of all ages to fly. Honoring those who served in the Vietnam War, Col. Joe Kittinger Park is now home to a refurbished F-4 Phantom aircraft which was used to provide air support during the war. Joe & Sherry and I go back quite a few years, so this is an incredible site!

Joe Kittinger Park
305 South Crystal Lake Drive

Leu Gardens
Delight in the Scents of Spring at Leu Gardens
Enjoy the colors and scents of spring while visiting Harry P. Leu Gardens for free the first Monday of each month (April 6, May 4, June 1). While there, take a walk through the butterfly garden or tour the 19th-century Leu House Museum.

Leu Gardens
April 6, May 4, June 1
1920 North Forest Avenue
Explore Leu Gardens

Lake Eola Park
Feel the Beat of Latin Jazz
Immerse yourself in Latin culture with jazz performances at Lake Eola Park. Ventana Al Jazz is a free, family friendly event that will feature performances by various artists. And what’s better than spending a beautiful evening at Lake Eola Park?

Lake Eola Park Amphitheater
March 21, April 4
5 – 10 p.m.
195 North Rosalind Avenue

Audubon Park KidsFest
Crafty Fun at Kidfest
Held every April, the 6th annual Kidsfest in the Audubon Park Garden District includes a variety of activities where children of any age can learn to create music and make arts and crafts. This free event partners with local businesses throughout the district who work together to make it an unforgettable event.

Audubon Park Garden District
April 25
12 – 4 p.m.
Learn more about Kidfest

Demetree Park
Enjoy the Shade at Demetree Park
Plan a day of family fun and enjoy one of Demetree Park’s many amenities. Developed in 1988, the 24.6 acre park includes three lakes as well as a fishing pier, playground, tennis and basketball court and picnic areas, plus plenty of trees offering shade.

Demetree Park
650 Santiago Avenue

Farmers Market
Spring into Fresh Produce at the Orlando Farmers Market
The perfect place to purchase seasonal fresh produce, the Orlando Farmers Market takes place every Sunday Downtown at Lake Eola Park. Enjoy freshly prepared food and dessert all while relaxing by the lake with family and friends.

Lake Eola Park
Every Sunday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive

Mennello
Discover Your Inner Artist at the Mennello Museum
View amazing works of art and create your own at the Mennello Museum of American Art. Enjoy free admission for the whole family the second Sunday of each month (April 12, May 10, June 14).

Mennello Museum of American Art
April 12, May 10, June 14
12–4:30 p.m.
900 East Princeton Street
Explore the Mennello Museum of American Art

Lake Baldwin Trail
Take Your Dog for a Jog Around Lake Baldwin
With plenty of shade and a pedestrian friendly trail, Lake Baldwin Park is the perfect place to go for a walk, jog or run, or to take the dog out to get active. Enjoy scenic views of Lake Baldwin from the 2.5 mile loop.

Lake Baldwin Park
2380 Lake Baldwin Lane

Dancing on the Drive
Dance Through the Decades
Dance your way through College Park at the College Park Partnership’s annual block party, Dancing on the Drive, on May 2. With vendors, food trucks and a DJ spinning hits from the 1960s through today, you and a few hundred of your closest friends can take part in this fun outdoor party for all ages.

College Park Partnership
May 2
6-11 p.m.
Edgewater Drive between Smith and Bryn Mawr Streets
Get more info on Dancing on the Drive

SpringFiesta
Interact with Artists
The City of Orlando hosts the 26th annual Spring Fiesta in the Park April 11-12 at Lake Eola Park. This free family and dog friendly event will feature over 200 artist and craft booths along with a kid’s area and live entertainment.

Lake Eola Park
April 11-12
10 a.m. – 5 p.m (April 11)
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (April 12)
512 East Washington Street

Dartmouth Park
Play Day at Dartmouth Park
Located in College Park, Dartmouth Park offers a playground that will keep kids busy for hours. Tall trees shade a picnic area and make the park even more kid-friendly.

Dartmouth Park
822 Dartmouth Street
Get more info on Dartmouth Park

LakeUnderhill
Cast a Line and Catch a Fish
Spend the day relaxing and catching fish at Lake Underhill Park. Whether you are fishing from the shore or from a boat, try your hand at catching largemouth bass along with black crappie, bluegill, redear sunfish, warmouth and white catfish.

Lake Underhill Park
4355 Lake Underhill Road
Learn more about fishing at Lake Underhill

Mills 50 dumpster art
View Trash Turned into Treasure
Known as the intersection of creativity and culture, Mills 50 is one of Orlando’s eight Main Street districts and is home to the Dumpster Art project. Consisting of more than a dozen dumpsters painted by local artists, these works of art can be found at businesses throughout the Mills 50 district.

Mills 50 District
Learn more about art in the Mills 50 District

Movieola
Movies, Family and Fun at Lake Eola
This spring (April 25, May 29), enjoy free family friendly movies on the East Lawn when Movieola returns to Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando. Arrive early to enjoy pre-movie entertainment and activities.

Lake Eola Park
April 25, May 29
Event at 6:30 p.m. with the movie at 8:30 p.m.
512 East Washington Street

Leuwatercolors
View Orlando Through Watercolors
Through April 12, stop by the Garden House Welcome Center at Leu Gardens for a free viewing of the latest Central Florida Watercolor Society exhibit, Orlando Abloom. Paintings of botanicals and landscapes by members of the Central Florida Watercolor Society are sure make spring come alive.

Leu Gardens
Through April 12
Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 N. Forest Avenue
Get info on art at Leu Gardens

LaCostaUrbanWetland
Explore an Urban Wetland
The City has multiple urban wetlands, including LaCosta Urban Wetlands. The 25-acre park, which functions as a stormwater drainage facility, provides a great place to explore and walk on a spring day.

LaCosta Urban Wetlands
5841 LaCosta Drive

HistoricPreservation
Travel Back in Time
Discover the past by spending a morning exploring the historic district of Downtown Orlando. Consisting of historic buildings dating from the 1880s to the early 1940s, a guided Historic Walking Tour with the City’s Office of Historic Preservation highlights points of interest such as the Old Orlando Railroad Depot and the Well’s Built Museum of African American History and Culture. Tours are set for April 3 and May 1.

RSVP for a walking tour

Eagle Nest Park
Look to the Sky for Eagles
An urban wetland and a nesting area for the American Bald Eagle are found within the 485 acres of Eagles Nest Park. The majority of the land in the park is an educational environmental study area.

Eagle Nest Park
5165 Metrowest Boulevard