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Old 01-22-2011, 06:04 PM
 
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Selling a house in the city and creating curb appeal was easy. But now we've listed our house in the country--high desert ranch land. There are only dirt roads, dirt driveway and dirt around the house--no trees or shrubs. No money for landscaping. For spring, I want new photos of the house exterior. How can I make it more attractive? Can't do real flowers and dirt in hanging pots due to wind--can I do artifical flowers in the baskets? Put flower pots with real flowers in front near the steps? What else?
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Old 01-22-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Salem, OR
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Selling a house in the city and creating curb appeal was easy. But now we've listed our house in the country--high desert ranch land. There are only dirt roads, dirt driveway and dirt around the house--no trees or shrubs. No money for landscaping. For spring, I want new photos of the house exterior. How can I make it more attractive? Can't do real flowers and dirt in hanging pots due to wind--can I do artifical flowers in the baskets? Put flower pots with real flowers in front near the steps? What else?

Can you post a photo of the front of your house?
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Old 01-22-2011, 07:10 PM
 
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I switched to a lighted doorbell button on my country home and it improved the ambiance a little for less than 10 bucks.
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Old 01-22-2011, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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No on the plastic flowers. How about 2 or 3 large spectacular cactus with some lighting accent?

A picture would help, yes.
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Old 01-23-2011, 02:46 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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nix the flowers. If they don't grow there they're just gonna look tacky. Play up the lack of vegetation with a neat stone arrangement-think the zen of az
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:28 AM
 
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No on the plastic flowers. How about 2 or 3 large spectacular cactus with some lighting accent?

A picture would help, yes.

Agree; greenery in huge pots would form a focal point near the entrance; and place a bed of pebbles, stones etc. around them. Look at photos of other similar homes on the internet and adapt some ideas. Fresh, green and clean lines. (Plastic flowers give a "low end" impression and are a pox on curb appeal). Painting the front door a welcoming color for your environment is also a big plus for little money. A pro photographer might suggest lighting the home's interior at night for a few (not all) photos for ambiance.

The front entrance is what you want to highlight. We can help more with a few good pictures.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:30 AM
 
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perhaps a new mailbox, [mod cut-- not helpful, offensive]

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Athens
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Take a look at decorating magazines that feature your area. They will provide dozens of ideas to help get a bit of color into your exterior. Also, check into the local wildflowers and perhaps get some seed and spread it. There are almost no areas of the country where you can't find some kind of native plantings to help.
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Old 01-23-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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perhaps a new mailbox, [mod cut- not helpful/offensive] .
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I switched to a lighted doorbell button on my country home and it improved the ambiance a little for less than 10 bucks.
If you can't offer some real advice rather than these comments, perhaps you should keep your thoughts to yourself.

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Old 01-23-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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How about silk flowers? Interesting idea about the large cacti!

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No on the plastic flowers. How about 2 or 3 large spectacular cactus with some lighting accent?

A picture would help, yes.
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