Summer is an ideal time to focus on your home’s curb appeal. We’ve talked about landscaping trends and some key ways to enhance your curb appeal, but what if you have a limited amount of time to get your yard in mint condition before listing? If your property just needs a bit of TLC, there are several easy and quick projects you can choose from to give your yard a whole new look without overwhelming your schedule or your budget.
Begin with basic yard care. It can be easy to let the warmer months go by and not give much thought to the yard. For many bushes and flowering plants this is great, all they need is a bit of watering until the fall, when it’s time to trim in preparation for winter. But weeds grow year-round and can quickly take over flower beds. A layer of fresh mulch or lining beds with pea gravel can help lessen weed growth as well. If you have plants or trees with any dead or dying limbs, don’t wait to trim these off, a healthy yard brings maximum curb appeal.
Lawn care is also important, whether you have a small yard or wide range of grass in front of your home, keep it green and lush with a bit of fertilizer, fill in any bare spots with new seed, and water regularly. Landscaping experts say about 1 inch of water a few times a week is often enough for a lawn. An easy way to measure this is to place an empty tuna can near the sprinkler, when it’s full, so is your lawn.
If your front porch is more of a stoop, or non-existent, expanding it can help enhance a welcoming atmosphere to your yard. One simple way to achieve this is to add a patio seating area next to your front entry. Stone or cement pavers can be used, or you can install wood decking. If expanding the porch area isn’t an option, consider adding a variety of planters and hanging baskets to bring the greenery of your yard up to your door.
Add more lighting elements to your yard. With the range of options in LED and solar exterior lighting, there’s no reason not to light up your landscaping. Line your drive and walkway with softly light solar lanterns, strategically place bright led lights around your shrubbery and trees to turn your garden into an evening oasis. Update your porch lighting as well; nothing says welcome quite like stylish lighting at the front door.
Hardscaping amenities can also bring a lot of curb appeal to your home. Laying down a simple walkway with flagstones or river rock leading to your front door is an excellent way to draw the eye to your home. Consider lining flowerbeds with low stone or brick boarders. These add an architectural dimension and help highlight different areas of your yard.
As we all know, first impressions make lasting impressions. For a home listed on the market, this begins with curb appeal. Find more quick curb appeal ideas with this HouseLogic article. When it’s time to sell or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who has the knowledge and experience to help you through the entire process, with your needs and interests in mind. The Driscoll Properties Team is ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.