It doesn’t matter if you’re putting your home on the market this week or if you just want to make it more valuable. The fact is: curb appeal is important. If you want to make an impression on people from the time they pull into the driveway to the time they walk through your front door, there are ways to accomplish it. And the best part about it? You can do a lot of it yourself—and inexpensively at that. Here are some simple ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal without draining your bank account.
Declutter your yard of useless items
While decluttering your entryway is an important step in upping your curb appeal, getting rid of old or useless things in your lawn is just as important. It goes without saying that trash has to go, but also pay special attention to items such as old or broken tools, unused plant pots, tattered toys (i.e. slides and swings), and unsafe fencing or railing. If you have a shed or garage, use it to neatly store any garden tools that you could use in the future, but don’t hold onto anything else. Also, get rid of any rotten fruit or wood that could make your yard a haven for pests.
Start with what you have
If paying attention to your yard is a new practice to you, you may need to learn the lay of the land, so to speak. Each lawn and garden is different in how it grows certain grass, plants, flowers, trees, etc. Nonetheless, with a few tools and a good pair of gloves, you can start adding appeal to your land by sprucing up what you currently have. Regularly mowing and edging the lawn, weeding, pruning flower beds, and cutting back dead limbs and growth goes a long way. Also, it’s good to clean in and around walkways to make them more pronounced.
Tastefully add to your lawn
Once you’ve taken care of what you have, you can start adding to your lawn. If the grass in your yard is sparse—or if you’re dealing with barrenness—sod may be the first thing you want to add; laying sod can get expensive for bigger lawns, but it’s tough to have a sharp-looking lawn without grass. One of the least expensive and most effective ways to dress up your yard is to lay mulch around your trees and plant-life. Also, consider coloring up the land with new potted plants, flowers, and shrubs; look into when each type of flower blooms, and make sure to plant a variety to ensure that there’s color in your yard through every season.
Add other features
When you’re adding to your lawn, you may as well add a few other items that will strengthen the curb appeal of your home. Replace the old mailbox with a more modern one. Take down those decrepit house numbers and put up new, shiny ones. Consider adding new fixtures and painting the front door, along with treating and staining the deck, if you have one. Think of anything you can do on a budget that will make your home more attractive, and don’t be afraid to look for decor at garage sales and second-hand shops.
Enhancing your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to mean hiring a landscaping crew or dropping a load of cash. Start with decluttering your yard of anything useless and manicuring the lawn and gardens you already have. Then, you can tastefully add sod, mulch, flowers, and other plants until your land is lush with life. Add a final touch by switching out dated features with new ones. Following these tips will add value to your home and make a lasting first impression on prospective buyers.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.
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