Having a good curb appeal isn’t just for people selling a home. It’s for any homeowner who takes pride in the house they call home. However, if you do want to sell your home, the curb appeal is very important. It shows that your home is well cared for and full of love. It’s the first thing potential buyers see when they pull up to the front of the house. If it doesn’t look groomed and inviting, they may just drive away without ever seeing the inside.
5 Landscaping Tips to Improve Curb Appeal
Landscaping adds to its curb appeal. Whether you’re thinking about hiring a landscaper, or starting a DIY landscaping project, there are some things you need to invest in. Here are five simple, affordable tips for improving your property’s curb appeal with landscaping.
- Clean Up Your Yard
You need to remove all of the debris from your yard. When buyers pull up to your home, you don’t want them to think the home needs a lot of work. A yard full of debris gives this impression. Rake up the leaves and pine needles. Keep the grass mowed. Toss any trash and tree branches that have been blown into your yard. Pull up all those weeds and dead plants and flowers in your flowerbeds. This makes the yard look appealing. It also clears the path for the rest of your landscaping tasks.
- Give it a “Just Planted” Look
Trees, bushes and shrubs that have been in your yard for years don’t have to look old and worn out. Put in a little work to make them look like they were just planted recently. Make sure all of your bushes and shrubs are neatly trimmed. They should be trimmed so that they are below the windows. Never allow them to grow in front of windows. This not only blocks out natural light, it distracts the eyes from the windows themselves. You want the outside of your home to have a low-maintenance look to it. This is a very important element for buyers hoping to make your house their home.
- Add Splashes of Annual Colors
Adding some color can completely change the way people view the outside of your home. Seasonal blooms are a great choice for adding color to your yard. But, don’t go overboard. Just pick 2-4 colors that compliment each other. Some good ideas are mums, pansies and impatiens. For low-maintenance flowers, choose long-blooming varieties so you won’t have to replant new ones before the season ends. Also, add a few potted plants as well, choosing colors that compliment your blooms. Potted plants are easy to maintain because you can move them around for sunlight exposure.
- Refresh Your Flowerbeds
Give your flowerbeds a good refreshing so that it pops. Add new flowerbed mulch to help slow down the growth of new weeds. Some good choices for mulch are wood-based, shredded hardwood, bark, pea gravel and pine needles. Also, make sure your flowerbeds are lined so that they don’t blend in with the grass. If possible, line them with tiny white fences, small bricks or something else appealing.
- Keep It as Green as a Golf Course
No one wants to inherit a brown, dry, dead looking lawn. Watering your lawn daily will keep it nice and green. However, if it’s already too damaged for plain old water to bring it back to life, there is a simple quick fix for that. Turf paint can help you create the instant illusion of a green lawn. Turf paint affordable and long-lasting. It’s also easy to apply to those brown patches that are taking their time to turn green again. Golf courses use turf paint to keep their greens looking vibrant all year long. It’s a great way to add some luster to your yard without doing any damage to your grass.