Tips to help boost your homes CURB APPEAL
You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! The first impression that anyone has when coming to your home is the curb appeal (or lack of it). The landscaping that is seen from the street or upon entering the doorway are the areas to consider when thinking about curb appeal. So, how can you boost your homes curb appeal? Here’s a few handy tips to consider.
First, just give it a good tidying up. Really, it can be as simple as that. Rake the leaves, cut the grass, pull the weeds, and pick up the stuff that’s laying around. If it needs more than that to make your home look good from the street, then give the shrubs a good pruning. Shrubs just need a haircut every now and then, just like us! One thing that isn’t all that expensive but makes a massive difference is to take a flat shovel and cut a nice fresh clean edge to the beds, and add a layer of fresh mulch. This can really make the landscaping look so nice and fresh.
Perhaps you have some shrubs that are beyond making look good anymore. If that’s the case, then perhaps some selective replacements in the shrub bed would be a good idea.
Adding color by merely placing some potted annuals on the porch, or planting some annuals in key spots can bring out some ‘pop’ too. Try putting some colorful annuals in a ring around the lamp post. If your yard is open and bare, plant a couple of nice sized trees. Trees are more important than you’d think. Everyone wants some trees around their home.
One of the nicest hardscape elements in the landscaping for curb appeal is the entry walkway. The walk should not be old broken concrete or walking across old lumpy grass. Consider making a beautiful walk out of pavers which are beautiful and long lasting.
As you can see, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars on a complete landscaping overhaul to boost your homes curb appeal.
Start off by assessing what you can do with what you’ve already got. A rake, some pruning shears and some fresh mulch can make a world of difference to the curb appeal.
One other thing which must be mentioned is the lawn. A nice lawn is an important element in curb appeal. Show your lawn some regular love and it will love you back. Feed it, water it, remove weeds and add seed. The investment you put into your lawn will pay off in curb appeal credits!
Lastly, I need to mention that nothing beats professional landscaping. Professional landscaping will eliminate all those unsightly mistakes that can happen when you do it yourself. If you are beyond the point of a raking and pruning to do much good, definitely consider professional landscaping.