First impressions matter, including your home’s curb appeal.
Spring and early summer in New England are the perfect times to boost your home’s exterior appearance.
Adding curb appeal to your property creates a welcoming atmosphere that makes your home more inviting to visitors, passers by (and potential buyers if you are selling your home).
Are you selling your home
An attractive home makes a powerful impact on potential buyers, increases your property value, and helps your home sell faster.
So how do you improve curb appeal?
The good news is that enhancing your property’s appearance doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and can be done on a tight budget.
Here are simple landscaping techniques and budget friendly front yard curb appeal ideas for significantly impacting your home’s exterior.
Add a Pop of Color
One of the easiest ways to enhance your property’s appearance is by planting vibrant flowers or shrubs. Bright colors add depth and dimension to your landscaping and provide a visual focal point to your front yard.
Native plants, flowers, and shrubs can be placed strategically in and around various areas of your home’s exterior: flower beds and window boxes; along a front path; on a front door, front entrance, or front porch; and in a pair of front entry planter urns. Adding careful yet colorful touches will make a dramatic difference in instant curb appeal.
When choosing plants for your home’s exterior, garden beds, and landscaping, consider the overall style and aesthetic of your home and surroundings. For example, if you have a modern home with clean lines, opt for a sleek and minimalistic look. On the other hand, if your home has a more traditional appearance, choose more opulent potted plants and landscaping.
Get (and Keep) Your Lawn Healthy
In the spring, you may have seen a layer of dead, matted grass over your lawn. Unfortunately, this dead matter accumulates over the winter, leading to poor lawn growth and susceptibility to pests and diseases.
Dethatching removes these layers of dead organic matter, restoring root health, improving lawn and soil nutrients, and increasing water absorption.
Aeration is the process of loosening compacted soil. Compact soil is more solid and can inhibit root growth. By aerating, you reverse the effects of soil compaction, making the ground more breathable and allowing improved and more rapid root development for a thriving lawn.
Dethatching versus Aerating: Learn the differences between dethatching and aerating, how each benefits your lawn, and when to use one or both techniques.
Maintain your lawn by watering and mowing regularly
The frequency of your lawn watering schedule depends upon your climate. You may need a weekly schedule of daily watering or every few days, multiple times each scheduled day.
You’ll want to set up a regular mowing schedule. Mowing height and frequency will vary according to the type of grass you have, soil, and weather conditions.
Revitalize Your Outdoor Living Space with Power Washing
When it comes to cleaning and rejuvenating outdoor spaces, power washing is a game-changer, and the visual results are undeniable. Unlike an ordinary hose, a power washer can effectively remove dirt and grime that has built up over time on decks, walkways, and patios. The deep clean that power washing provides enhances the aesthetic of your home’s exterior and adds resale value to your property.
Use Lighting to Your Advantage
Outdoor landscape lighting is a powerful tool to enhance your property’s appeal at night. By strategically placing lights around your home, you can highlight specific features and create a warm and inviting ambiance. For example, consider installing path lights along your walkways and subtle lighting under your trees and shrubs. Some outdoor lighting components include smart apps to help you program and control the light from your mobile device.
Add Some Hardscaping
Hardscaping is any non-plant feature used in landscaping, such as walkways, patios, and retaining walls. Adding hardscape elements to your yard can help create a more structured and polished look. For example, consider adding a walkway to your front door, installing a patio where you can grill and relax, or adding a fire pit.
Maintain Your Property
The final step in boosting your curb appeal is simply maintaining your property. This includes power washing your driveway, cleaning your gutters, and keeping your windows sparkling clean. By keeping your property well-maintained, you can ensure that it always looks its best.
Improving your property’s appearance may seem overwhelming, but following these easy tips can make a significant difference quickly. By adding color, keeping your lawn healthy, using lighting, adding hardscaping elements, and maintaining your property, you can create a welcoming and attractive atmosphere that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood. So why not get started and see how easy boosting your home’s curb appeal can be?