Improve Curb Appeal
First impressions definitely matter. Whether you’re a new homeowner or have lived in your home for decades, there are simple ways for you to improve curb appeal. The best part? These projects require minimal investment and can be completed fairly quickly. Here are our simple ways to increase your curb appeal.
Do some basic maintenance
It may look unkempt and weed-filled if you haven’t been diligent about caring for your yard. Take the time to rake leaves in the fall and clean up dead plants in winter.
In warmer months, keep the grass mowed regularly so it doesn’t grow too long. If you have flower beds or planters, take care of them regularly by pruning dead flowers and removing weeds as needed. Putting in a little extra effort in your front yard’s maintenance will really make a difference.
Add mulch to plant beds
Mulch is a great way to increase the curb appeal of your home. It helps to retain moisture in the soil, and can keep weeds from growing. Some types of mulch are better than others; wood chips or shredded bark tend to hold up best over time. Aside from the weed prevention benefits, darker mulch can actually help your plant beds look more visually appealing. Also, because of the color contrast, darker mulch can help make flowers and other foliage pop!
Update your outdoor lighting
Now curb appeal is not exclusively a daytime thing. Having your home lit up can really make a statement and attract a new level of awe from your neighbors. You may consider combining different outdoor lighting techniques to highlight different elements of your front yard.
For example, bollard lights are perfect for running along pathways or driveways. Spotlights are great at emphasizing trees and shrubs, and string lights are effective above your patio or in your trees.
Planting a tree, shrub, or flower bed is an easy way to add curb appeal to your home. Go with perennials that bloom at different times of the year. This will give your home a fresh look all year round. Some plants that bloom in spring, summer, and fall include peonies, hydrangeas, hostas, and daylilies. Some plants that are good for attracting butterflies and birds include Eastern Red Columbine, and butterfly bushes.
Build a deck or patio
Building a deck or patio can be a great way to increase curb appeal and improve the value of your home. An entertainer’s dream, decks, and patios add functional yet appealing features which you’ll be able to enjoy year-round.
You’ll be able to jazz it up with some nice chairs, potted plants, accent lighting, and maybe even a rug or two. All these extras make the front look more inviting and give you that boost of curb appeal.
The more you invest in your home’s exterior, the more it will pay off. Not only do these improvements increase curb appeal and property value, but they also create an inviting space for family and friends to gather. In other words, don’t wait until spring! Get started now on your first project as soon as possible so that when you do begin working on your backyard or front porch this springtime weather arrives at your doorstep before you know it! Here at Eichenlaub, we specialize in making your outdoor living space truly incredible. Get in touch with us today to talk about how we could improve curb appeal for your home.