Like the wrapping on a gift, your home’s curb appeal sets the expectation for what the buyer will find inside. Spending some time making the outside look as lovely as the inside will not only make an excellent first impression, it can also boost your home’s value. Here are four ways to boost your curb appeal and get the most out of your yard. If you need help with curb appeal you should contact your local tree care company.
Start with the Basics
The easiest way to add to curb appeal is to remove clutter, cut the grass, rake leaves, clean the gutters, and pull weeds. Then take a look around the house for anything broken or needing repair. Pay special attention to gutters, windows, trim, and siding. Fix any broken screens or glass, replace missing siding, and consider putting in new gutters. The little things add up to make a big difference.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
While painting the outside of your house can be a great way to boost curb appeal, it can also be expensive. To brighten your home without painting, you can power wash it. If you don’t own a power washer, you can hire a company to do it for you or rent a machine at any big box home improvement store.
Painting the trim and staining or painting the porch will make the house pop with color. Or consider painting the front door a vibrant color that contrasts nicely with the color of the house. It will make the front stand out and draw the eye away from any imperfections in other places.
Don’t Forget the Driveway
Even though it’s sometimes overlooked, a great driveway can add to curb appeal. If you have an asphalt driveway, clean it with the power washer, then fix any cracks. While it may seem daunting, fixing cracks is reasonably simple and there are DIY videos online.
If you have a gravel driveway, line it with brick or stone pavers. Not only does this help keep the gravel from getting in the yard, but it also looks lovely. For nighttime appeal, add solar lights along with the pavers.
To Tree or Not to Tree
Not only do trees have a real impact on curb appeal, but they also affect your home’s value. If a tree is unhealthy or dead, having it removed will add value to your property. If branches are hanging over the roof, consider having them pruned.
Adding trees can also add value and appeal, but there are a few things to consider first.
- Make sure that they won’t affect the foundation or roof of the home once they get bigger.
- Any trees you plant should be rated for your planting zone to ensure they thrive.
- Choose a hardy tree that will resist disease.
When dealing with trees, it may be best to consult with a tree care company who can help you choose the best trees and plant them for you. It’s best to know that you are getting the right kind and they’re given a chance to thrive.
Make a list of projects and decide which ones will make the most significant impact while staying within your budget. Your landscaping may not be perfect, but with a little elbow grease and some imagination, it will be ready to wow buyers in no time.