Homeowners: Protect Your Privacy (and Your Curb Appeal Too)

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Homeowners like privacy. Home buyers do too, it’s something many of them actively look for when searching for the right Waterloo Region home. But what’s the best way to achieve it? A 50-foot fence would provide plenty of privacy. A moat will keep people out of your yard. But we’re guessing you probably want something a little more attractive for your property and should the time ever come to sell, prospective home buyers certainly will.

Fortunately, there are tasteful, appealing options that will allow you to keep nosy neighbors at bay without spoiling the look – and curb appeal – of your home. The two main areas to focus on are windows and landscaping.

Your Windows and Privacy

The windows in your home provide sunlight, aesthetic decor appeal, outdoor viewing, and fresh air. They can, however, but they can also provide your neighbours and/or passers-by with a play-by-play of what’s going on inside your home. If your property is feeling more like a fishbowl than a house, try adding a privacy feature to the windows.

Window tinting can be a great option. These tints can block visibility from the outside while allowing you to enjoy your views. As a bonus, some window tinting can also reduce sun exposure, which can help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter and protect vulnerable décor items from fading.

Of course, window treatments such as curtains and blinds can also provide privacy, but these can make your home feel like a cave. To maintain privacy and natural light, choose cellular shades or lightweight and light-colored curtains that keep rooms bright while still obscuring the view from outside.

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Your Landscaping and Privacy

The right selections in your yard can also provide privacy. Plan your landscaping to include features that block neighbors’ views into your yard and home.

Attractive trellises are a good choice. These create wonderful privacy screens while adding greenery to your surroundings. Choose your favorite vine or other decorative plant and arrange it so that it adds beauty to your backyard and privacy to your home.

Potted plants are an alternative to trellises and can be just as effective in making your home less visible to prying eyes. Place tall plants strategically in your space to create a private backyard oasis or shield your living room window from the world.

What else is nice about all of these options? They are versatile. While fencing is a fairly permanent fixture and can be expensive to install, these privacy options are easy to switch out at any time, they can fit budgets of any size and done right they will add to your home’s all important curb appeal if you decide to sell.

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