It’s been said that you can’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to our homes, that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when selling a home, curb appeal is the first thing that attracts potential buyers to your home. So clearly it’s important. Even if you’re not putting your house on the market any time in this century, maintaining the outside speaks volumes about your abode.
In a recent blog, I noted 5 ways to freshen up the interior of your home. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here. Since we’re already in the spirit of spring cleaning and freshening up, it’s as good a time as any to turn our attention to the exterior of our homes. Sprucing up the outside of a home is relatively inexpensive and simple to do. Here are 4 ways to get the outside looking as good as the inside.
Mulch Your Yard
It is incredible what some new mulch or pine straw will do to upgrade your yard. Replacing the mulch around trees, flower beds and shrubs helps to control weeds and retain moisture, not to mention it just point blank looks better.
On the flip side, mulch can prevent plants from absorbing sunlight and can attract insects and pests so it’s best to only use a thin layer of it (approximately 3 to 4 inches). In addition, keep the mulch 2 to 3 inches away from the plant stem or trunk.
Trim That Shrubbery
Since many of us run in and out of our homes through the garage, we may not notice when our shrubbery has gotten out of control. Give those shrubs and low lying plants a much need haircut, especially if they overhang the walking path to the door. I use a pair of shears from Home Depot to cut my shrubs back, but if you employ a landscaping company, this should definitely be on its list of things to do.
Add Plant Boxes or Flower Pots
In the spring and summer, nothing looks more inviting than having some bright flowers in plant boxes or flower pots on the porch or steps. Avoid the tendency to go too wide on flower pots; if they are too big, they become distracting and a hindrance to getting to the door. An easy trick for just right flower pot decor is to place a ready-made hanging basket (without the hanger) in a nice pot.
Pressure Wash Your Walkway, Driveway and Porch
After a few years, air pollutants can leave your walkways, driveways and porches looking grimy and discolored. Hire a pressure washing company once a year or every two years to get your walkways and driveways looking like new. If you have siding or shingles on your home, pressure cleaning can also help give new life to your exterior.
Implementing these 4 tips should kick your curb appeal into high gear. Join me next week for part II of this blog, where we will explore more ways to make your exterior looks its absolute best.