Whether you’re getting ready to sell your home, or just want to make it look its best year-round, it pays to concentrate not just on the inside of your property, but also your yard, especially the front areas seen from the road and as people arrive at your door. To help you achieve a great result, read on for some tips you can follow to boost the curb appeal of your home today.
Freshen Up the Outside of the House and its Entrance
One of the first things people notice when they arrive at your house is the outside of the building and, in particular, its entrance. As such, you should concentrate on giving this part of your property a freshen up. For example, start with your front door, by painting it in a clean white or lovely bright colour. If it’s an old design, you might want to replace it with something more modern, too.
It also helps to re-paint trims around your front door, windows on the front of the house, railings leading up to the entrance-way, and any shutters. Choose the same shade as the one you used on your front door, or something in a complementary hue. This painting job isn’t a big one to complete, but can really make a big difference.
Replacing old, damaged, broken or rusted out hardware is also important if you want your property to look cared for, neat, and tidy. When you’re freshening up your front door, take a look at the handle and door knocker on it, and see if they need to be thrown out and replaced with something newer. As well, the house number for your property may need to be switched up for some new hardware, and you might want to repair, replace or paint your mailbox too. Try to match the style of your home’s architecture and the colour palette here, to really tie the look together.
If you don’t already have a fence out the front of your house, consider adding one if you have the available budget and time to do so. Alternatively, repaint or repair an old one. Proper fencing really frames a house nicely, while at the same time keeping pets and children safely away from the road. In addition, installing exterior lighting helps to ensure your property looks lovely at night and is easier for visitors (and yourself) to navigate.
Get Your Lawn in Tip-Top Condition
Next, don’t forget that your lawn needs to be in tip-top condition if you want to make a good first impression. While running a lawnmower over it every so often is a start, there is more to getting a lovely lush, green lawn than this. To really care for your grass, set a regular schedule for mowing, but never cut more than one-third of the lawn at one time, as this can damage it.
During the fall months, in particular, it is a good idea to rake up the leaves that have fallen, so that the debris doesn’t end up suffocating the grass and stopping air, sunlight, water, and feed from getting down to the soil. As well, fall aeration helps to increase the level of nutrients that can get down to the roots. You can hire a machine to help with this task, or outsource the service to a professional.
Watering and fertilization are two other key tasks to add to your to-do list. Regular watering is particularly necessary during the hot summer months, or at any other times of the year when you don’t get regular rainfall. Be careful not to overwater your lawn either though, as this can cause excessive top growth. Fertilization should be done generally every season, too, as this helps to create and maintain lawn growth. A slow-release formula is best.
Do Some Gardening
As for gardening, start by clearing out clutter around your yard. Trim back trees, shrubs, and plants which are taking over areas, causing a mess, or falling onto other plants. Remove anything that has died or which is getting too big for its space. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference just tidying up your gardens can make to the overall curb appeal of your home.
If your yard is looking too bare, bring your landscape to life by injecting colour and flare through new plants. You can buy already-established trees to quickly make a yard look more inviting, and/or plant rows of the same or similar flowers along your fences, entrance pathway and in garden beds to add some uniformity and style. If the area around your front door is looking a little bland, also consider grouping potted plants together here, and/or putting flower boxes on the front windows or porch railings.