5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

5 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
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    Even if you're not planning to sell your home, boosting the curb appeal of your property will provide you with worthwhile benefits.

    A more pleasant yard will encourage you and the rest of your family to spend more time outdoors.

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Additionally, you’ll find that entertaining guests on your porch or patio will also be more enjoyable when you create a more accommodating environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of changes you can make that won’t put huge dents in your budget.

Start With the Lawn

The first thing to consider in boosting curb appeal for your home is the condition of the lawn. To start, you should keep it trimmed short consistently throughout the spring, summer, and fall months. Try to give it a fresh cutting as close to the first snowfall as possible.

You can enhance the appearance of your lawn by doing some edging around the walkways and driveway. Keep litter, leaves, tree branches, and other debris cleared to avoid pest infestations on your property.

If you have bald spots or yellow grass, it may be a good idea to consult a landscaper. They will know how to diagnose the problem to ensure the proper soil treatments are administered.

Add to Your Garden

You can also get creative with the trees, shrubbery, and gardens in your front and back yards. Ideally, you should avoid planting thick or tall shrubs too close to your home for security reasons, but the perimeter of your home is ideal for small plants and flowers.

A very popular flower for this area is the geranium since it blooms into bright white, pink, and blue colors. Flowers that bloom year-round, such as begonias and verbena, are also good choices.

Consider planting a tree in your backyard if there isn’t already one on your property. Real estate agents suggest adding a tree to boost buyer interest.

Update the Home’s Exterior

An important step is to update the exterior of your home to give it a new and fresher appearance. You can start by adding a fresh coat of paint to the wood trim around the windows and doors.

Once the paint dries, you can replace the house numbers and mailbox. A new mailbox will do wonders for boosting the curb appeal of any home.

You can create a more welcoming entrance by placing a few potted plants, decorative ribbons, and a clean mat at the front door threshold. You can spruce up the other entrances to your home as well.

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Add Some Hardscaping

There are countless ideas for updating the hardscaping on your property that will help you create a more welcoming environment. You can add a pergola, water fountain, or any number of structures to enhance the beauty of your yard.

Don’t forget to change up the cement walkways around your home. You can consider replacing cement with cobblestone, brick paver stones, or you can look for something more unique.

Hardscaping can be used to create a specific theme to make your yard seem more magical. Consider adding statues to bring your backyard to life.

Update Your Patio

You can also build a new patio or deck in your backyard to give you an entertaining area for spring and summer activities. While many people opt for wooden patios and decks, you can design a patio out of any material you choose.

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Many homeowners build beautiful patios out of brick, concrete, or cut stone. You can use a combination of materials to create something that’s durable and unique.

Once you have the basic platform and walls built, you can begin decorating your patio with outdoor furnishings. Consider leaving space for a grill or an outdoor kitchen. Try adding shelves or hooks to the walls of the patio to give you extra storage space.

Don’t forget to add additional lighting. You can have an electrician wire your patio for electric lights, and you can use torches and candles to accentuate the lighting.

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If you are planning on selling your home, ask your real estate agent for more tips for boosting the curb appeal of your home. There are more things you can do that will help you increase the market value of the property, while other improvements will do little to provide you a significant return on your investment.

Following your agent’s insight will help you create more buzz around your property.

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