by Lindsay Gough
on Monday, December 22nd, 2014 at 9:39am.
When buyers come to look at your home, first impressions are going to mean everything. You want them to feel excited as soon as they pull into your driveway, which is why curb appeal is so important. It’s hard to invest too much time and effort into something into landscaping when you’re about to move away, however. It is important that any investments you make into your home is cost efficient. Here are some landscaping ideas to get you started.
1. Front Door
Have you or one of your neighbors painted your front door and it completely changed the look of the home? A new or freshly painted front door is one of the fastest ways to raise the value of your home. Make sure the color isn’t too bright, but that it matches the rest of the home.
2. Paint the Trim
A new coat of paint on all the outdoor trim can make the entire home look like new. Make sure your shutters, door, and other trim all match, and blend in well with the neighborhood.
3. Clean Out the Yard
If your flowerbeds have gathered weeds, it’s time to clean them out. Rake out any fallen leaves and dead branches. Mow the lawn and trim hedges and pull out any weeds or overgrown flowers. Make everything look nice and clean.
Flowers are important, but you do not need to invest too much time and energy into planting hundreds of the most expensive plants. Just add a little splash of color to the flower beds. If it is the season for it, plant a few flowers along the beds. It will add a nice touch to your gorgeous home.
5. Porch Area
When the buyer walks up to your porch, they should feel extremely welcome and at home. One way to help accomplish this is by adding a nice welcome mat and large flower plots near the door. Keep the porch clean and clear of leaves and other debris.
Trees in the front yard are a great addition. They shade homes, which help with energy costs during the hot summer months. They are also very aesthetically pleasing. If your home doesn’t have one already, and it would work in your hard, a nice tree in the front could be a great idea.
7. House Numbers
Finally, replace your house numbers with an updated option. Brass numbers used to be in style, but aren’t any more. Finding house numbers that look more updated is an inexpensive way to update your home’s style.
With a little work and a few resources, you can greatly improve your home’s curb appeal. This could help your home sell faster and for a better a price once buyers come to look. Of course, the work you put in to cleaning up the outside of your home will also need to continue throughout your home. You’ll be happy you put in the extra work.