Looking for some simple ways to boost your curb appeal? We at Lawn Control Center have you covered! Whether you are looking to sell your home or simply beautify it a bit, there are a number of small, inexpensive improvements that can help enhance the appearance of your home and landscaping. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss some of these improvements.
Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?
Before we get into today’s blog, it is important to first consider this question. So why does it matter? Well, first and foremost, first impressions are everything—especially if you are trying to sell your home. And as the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Therefore, when people look at your home, you want them to instantly see a snapshot of a beautiful home. This means that all parts of the home’s exterior—yard, door, entryway, driveway, landscaping, sidewalk, etc.—must work in concert to create a positive impression. Below are just a few ways you can wow homebuyers or boost your pride in your home’s appearance.
Anything that adds function to your yard or the outside area can help boost your home’s value. Features like fireplaces, fountains, patios, and sidewalks are all great examples of value-adding additions. The reason these are seen as being so valuable is quite simple—they give you a place and reason to spend more time outside.
Deck Out the Entrance
The front door and entrance way of your home is the natural focal point. If it is not, it should be. Doing this can greatly help boost your curb appeal. There are a variety of ways to enhance the front of your home. Potential ideas include painting the front door and trim, bedecking the walkway from the driveway to the door with flowers and landscaping, and installing low-voltage landscape lighting, which will also improving security and safety. Generally speaking, any features that can act as an architectural eyeliner for your door is a good option!
Clean and Powerwash
Could probably go without saying, but we’ll say it anyway—make sure your home is clean. Budget-conscious homeowners will appreciate this tip because, for the most part, it’s a rather inexpensive improvement. By simply power-washing the deck, driveway, and sidewalk, you can drastically improve your curb appeal.
Upgrade the Box
Although the mailbox isn’t typically something we instantly notice when looking at a home from the outside, the effects of a nice mailbox can make a big difference. New mailboxes are rather inexpensive, and even a simple mailbox can do the trick. When looking for the right one for you, be sure to pay attention to all city regulations and codes. Similarly, installing new address numbers can also help spruce up the curb appeal. If your house numbers are not easily seen or are dirty and dingy, this is not creating a good first impression. To maximize the potential of your address numbers, match them or wisely contrast them with the style of your home’s exterior.
Add Trees and Shrubs
This is one of the most common ways of enhancing curb appeal. Trees are not only pleasing to look at, but they also offer energy-saving shade, which can keep the house cooler in the summer, as well as block wind, create privacy, and much more. When picking the right tree for your yard, be sure to plan for the future and know exactly what kind of tree you’re planting. You don’t want to choose a tree that will pose a danger to your home or crowd your free space. If you need help deciding where and what to plant, consult with your professional landscapers and lawn care services.
Install Flower Beds
Adding color—especially natural color—is a surefire way to enhance curb appeal. Whether you are installing flower boxes, window boxes, or flowerbeds, all are great color-enhancing options. Here in Ohio, there are a number of perennial plants that can be added to landscaping that will give your landscaping some color throughout the year. Additionally, throwing some dark mulch in your flower beds can be a great way to create some contrast and really brighten up your beds.
Maintain Your Lawn
There is perhaps nothing more integral to your home’s curb appeal than your lawn. It’s like a giant welcome mat for your home. However, keeping your lawn lush, green, and perfectly manicured is, of course, no easy task. It requires regular lawn maintenance and a good deal of time and expertise. However, it is an investment that yields great results. Not only will regular and professional lawn care boost your curb appeal, but it will also ensure that you have a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy your time outside.
Need help with your lawn care? No problem. Contact the professional lawn care team at Lawn Control Center and we can handle all of your lawn care services. From lawn fertilization to weed control to pest control and more, we are poised to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams and boost your curb appeal!