16 Curb Appeal Finalist: Amanda Dudzinski

South Bend, Ind. Someone in Michiana is about to win new landscaping from the experts at Linton's Enchanted Gardens.

This week, we're introducing you to our finalists in our 16 Curb Appeal Contest.

Our second finalist is a young woman who made a choice to come home to South Bend to a place that needs a lot of work.

Amanda Dudzinski’s time and money is wrapped up on indoor projects and she could use some help on the outside. Her new home in the Arbor Pointe subdivision can best be described as a fixer upper. It sat empty for a long time until she picked it up for a deal.

“Since it's a foreclosure, a lot of work is being done inside,” Amanda said. “A lot of the cabinets had water damage and the flooring was ruined so it’s all being tossed in this giant trash bin right now.”

When Amanda heard about the contest, she said it sounded like a great idea for her neglected front yard.

“I wanted to enter the contest because I put all my money and time on the inside of the house. Obviously the outside is super overgrown. I can't even see out my bedroom windows. They're covered completely by trees.”

Even with all the hard work ahead, Amanda is thrilled to have her own home. South Bend is where she grew up and her family is still here. After graduating from Washington High School and then IU South Bend, Amanda lived briefly in Indianapolis. Now, she's back home.

“All I've ever wanted was to be able to own my own home,” Amanda said. Take care of it and maintain it in a nice safe neighborhood. I love this house. This is like my dream.”

As a Curb Appeal finalist, Amanda now dreams of gorgeous landscaping. She says she doesn't know much about plants and flowers but would love to have the experts at Linton's show her the ropes.

“I just don't even know where to start or how to do it. I just thought this would be a good learning experience to figure out what plants go where. Which ones last and how to maintain something like that. All my neighbors have nice perfect hedges and flowers, picket fences and I'm the black sheep on the block.”

Stay tuned for another finalist's story Friday morning and then the voting begins. Viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite finalist. The winner will receive $5,000 worth of landscaping from Linton's Enchanted Gardens.

To check out the first finalist's story, click here.

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