Sprucing up your home’s curb appeal is an excellent way to add beauty and value to your home. If your house is on the market, it’s crucial to ensure that your home makes a great first impression on potential buyers. Even if you have no plans to sell, keeping your exterior spaces clean and properly maintained can save you money by preventing costly repairs and maximizing the life of your home’s exterior. Often, a good cleaning, some tree pruning, and a little paint are all you need to make a dramatic difference in your home’s appearance. Try these tips to easily boost your home’s curb appeal.
Freshen Up Your Mailbox
Great curb appeal starts at the curb, but your mailbox is an often-overlooked element of your home’s overall appearance. The mailbox should be clean, and the post should not be bent or leaning. Try adding some fresh paint in a bold hue for a fun pop of colour at the curb. Finally, ensure that your house number is visible and easy to read, even at night. Installing some new, reflective numbers is a simple improvement that’s attractive and functional.
Revive Your Driveway and Walkways
From the curb, the next element people encounter as they approach your home is your driveway or walkways. Check for and repair any cracks, holes, and other damage. Power washing is often an excellent way to refresh these surfaces and make them appear new again.
Don’t Neglect Landscape Maintenance and Tree Pruning
Healthy and well-maintained green areas are vital to increasing your home’s curb appeal. Pull unsightly weeds or dead plants, trim shrubs, and consider adding mulch or rocks around plants and trees. Fertilize your lawn for bright, cheerful grass. If you’re fortunate enough to have trees, don’t overlook the importance of regular pruning. When done correctly, pruning not only improves the shape and appearance of your tree but is also essential for the health of the tree. Keeping your trees healthy will ensure that they remain as beautiful and vibrant as possible.
Create an Inviting Entry
When guests or potential buyers approach your home, make sure they are greeted with a clean, attractive entry area that entices them to enter your home. Give this area a good deep cleaning once or twice a year, and sweep away any dirt, leaves, or debris that accumulate between cleanings. Several elements work together to create a pleasing entry space.
- Doorway: Revive your entry door by adding a fresh coat of paint. Replace worn or outdated hardware and add a seasonal wreath or attractive door knocker. A colourful outdoor mat prevents dirt from being tracked into your home and is a good opportunity to add a little beauty or fun to your entry space.
- Lighting: Your entry area should be well-lit. Install bright new bulbs and clean the glass in your lighting fixtures. Swap outdated styles for more modern light fixtures — try pendant lights to add instant drama. For large porch areas, add lighting evenly to avoid leaving dark pockets.
- Greenery: Adding a little greenery to your entry is a must for maximizing your home’s curb appeal. Try a matched set of potted plants placed on either side of the entry door. If you have a covered porch, add one or two hanging plants. Choose plants that will thrive in your lighting conditions and don’t require constant watering.
Refresh Your Garage Door
Garage doors often consume a large amount of the visual space on your home’s exterior, so don’t ignore yours. Clean any windows, install updated hardware, and add a fresh coat of paint to give your garage door a major facelift.
Contact Martin’s Tree Service today to request a quote and learn how our professional pruning service can help your home and lawn look their best.