Curb appeal. It’s something that you may have encountered while researching how to sell your home. Improving your property’s exterior can be a transformative investment, one that can pay dividends in the short- and long-term. Whether you want to bring in professionals or DIY, follow these tips to enhance your home and go some ways to boosting its value.
There are plenty of home improvements you can DIY—which we discuss later in this article—but you may come to the conclusion that your curb appeal could benefit from a professional touch. For example, consider hiring a local gardener to keep your plants looking healthy and beautiful by weeding and watering them. Be sure to research the top recommended gardening services in your area, and go with one that’s backed by rave reviews.
Additionally, professional designers and architects can help you bring to fruition any vision you might have for your exterior. Their insights may encompass both the immediate benefits of any changes, but also what its impact might be over a longer period of time. This can be particularly beneficial if your projects might affect the structure of your home. Be sure that any professional you choose is found through a reputable associations like the National Association of the Remodeling Industry or the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Light Your Exterior
Adding lighting to your front yard offers a number of advantages. It provides safety for those viewing your property at later times, but it also can add distinctive ambience to your exterior curb appeal. You get to be as creative as you desire, and with solar lights, you don’t have to add big bucks to your energy bill. Such lighting could be used to aid landscaping projects and demarcate your property by being placed in areas you wish to highlight. It’s a striking way, as well, to guide visitors to your home by flanking your driveway with the devices. Solar lighting offers the additional practical benefit of removing the need for extensions, which cannot help but be a potential tripping hazard.
Groom Your Lawn
A well-maintained yard demonstrates care and attention, and this is the sort of curb appeal that can add dollars to your property’s valuation and leave lasting first impressions. Regularly mow your lawn and keep your bushes trimmed, and ensure that grass is tended to so that it stays lush and colorful. Any encroachment onto sidewalks should be swiftly dealt with to keep things looking immaculate. Enhance your lawn by adding plenty of colorful plants and flowerbeds, and juxtapose them with an ample use of mulch to add extra vibrancy. You might add hanging pots to greenify your home itself, or even plant a few small trees to give shade and definition to your lawn. Remember, have the right gear to protect yourself while gardening, from gloves to the all-important sunhat for morning and afternoon work.
Spruce It Up
Faded house numbers, cracked driveways. Every home has something that attests to being well-lived. They are things that we all mean to get round to, only for life to divert our attention elsewhere. By addressing issues, big or small, you can add much to your home’s curb appeal and value. If your home needs fresh coats of paint, then this is the perfect time to experiment with contemporary new colors that complement your lawn and your neighborhood. Survey your exterior for any dented fixtures, and replace or repair them. You’d be surprised by how much a shiny new mailbox adds to your home’s aesthetic. When it comes to your front door, you might consider changing the color and style. At the very least, polish thoroughly if your door is in decent condition, or replace the door knob and mat.
Home can be one’s biggest asset. With the right modifications, you can not only raise your property’s value, but make it stand out, too. Give attention to the big and small details, fix up and add wherever possible, and let your curb appeal thrive.
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Clara Beaufort, Gardenergigs.com