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Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spring is the best time put your house on the market for a summer sell. Families want to be relocated and ready to start school in August. Experts at Forbes.com encourage homeowners to “Boost their Curb Appeal” when preparing a house to sell. “Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent.” If you’re on a tight budget, experts recommend sprucing up the front entrance because that first impression goes a long way. One first time home buyer said, “I spend a lot of time viewing houses from the outside. My agent and I will often meet at a house. If I reach the property before my agent arrives, I’m left standing outside for several minutes — with nothing else to do but scrutinize the exterior. Before I go inside the house, I already have a strong feeling about it.”

With this said, what can you do make your patios, porches and driveway more inviting to a potential home buyer? Direct Colors offers a variety of affordable color and seal products to make your home stand out against the competition!

1. Stain Your Concrete Patio and Walkways

If your patio and  walkway concrete are in good condition, then you have a several choices of concrete stains to choose from. Acid stains offer a diverse, mottled color look that is unique to the process. Our how-to acid stain concrete guide is thorough and written for DIYer’s like you. If you’re looking for the easiest and least expensive color option, look no further than the Antiquing Concrete Stain. Clean the concrete, allow to dry and spray on fast and simple. This product offers a wide selection of colors that are more solid in appearance than acid stain finishes. Another simple and fast way of coloring concrete is using a solvent-based Tinted Sealer. This is a color and seal product in one step! Tinted Sealers can be used as a primary color or as added color depth to any concrete staining technique. Check out some great projects using a combination of our stains for a driveway and patio overhaul!

Concrete Patio - Antiquing Stains: Olive, Black, Aztec Brown and Charcoal. Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer - Wet
Concrete Patio - Antiquing Stains: Olive, Black, Aztec Brown and Charcoal. Satin Finish Solvent Based Acrylic Concrete Sealer - Wet

3. Refresh Your Concrete Pool Deck Seal

Decorative concrete generally needs to be resealed every 2-3 years to keep it looking its best. If your previously colored concrete looks dull and shabby, re-seal it with Direct Colors’ Tinted Sealer. Shiny, but not a slip hazard when wet. That’s key for outdoor concrete generally. Buyers don’t want to fall on your wet concrete pool deck.

Black Acid Stained Concrete Patio
Black Acid Stain sealed with Solvent-Based, Satin, Black Tinted Concrete Sealer

Other Tips for Boosting Curb Appeal. Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.