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March 15, 2023
With the winter months coming to an end, and spring quickly approaching, it’s time to whip your yard back into shape. There are many projects you can do to help dress up the exterior of your home, such as spring cleaning, updating the landscaping, re-painting, improving the lighting, upgrading the driveway, and adding your taste in decor to tie it all together. You might be thinking, “This all sounds great, but how will I pay for it?” No worries, we’ll also touch on how to stick to a budget at the end as well. Continue reading for seven helpful tips to learn how to boost your home’s curb appeal in the coming months.
Start With Some Cleaning
The first step to preparing the exterior of your home is to do some spring cleaning. Over winter, debris like leaves, branches, and sticks can gather and it’s vital for the health of your lawn to remove it as soon as possible. Don’t forget to clean the debris out of your gutters too. Due to the growing number of laws banning yard waste from landfills, you might want to find a removal service to save you from the headache of trying to dispose of the debris yourself. After all the trash is disposed of, don’t forget to pressure wash the exterior of the house. By removing the built-up dirt, mold, and mildew, it’ll not only look great, but your home’s value will increase as well. Lastly, once the lawn is ready, be sure to mow as often as possible. This will ensure that your lawn will grow fuller, and thicker come summer.
Update the Landscaping
Now that your yard is cleaned up, the next project to tackle is your landscaping. Start by removing any weeds so you have a clean slate to work with. If you’re sick of purchasing and spreading new mulch every year, consider a maintenance-free rubber option instead. Not only is it an innovative way to beautify your outdoor area, but it’ll also benefit the soil and plant roots by insulating a cover, allowing water and nutrients in while simultaneously preventing weeds. Do you hate pests and critters ruining your plants? Rubber mulch will also add a layer of protection so it’s harder for them to access the plants. After adding new plants and mulch, install borders around the perimeter of the landscaping beds to dress it up. If you have trees in your front yard, lay mulch and add a border around them as well to help increase your home’s curb appeal.
Re-Paint the Exterior
When was the last time the exterior of your home had some TLC? Before it gets too hot out, paint the exterior of your home or hire a professional to help. By adding a new coat of paint or changing the color of the siding, front door, shutters, or brick completely, your property will look updated and fresh. Not sure what color will look best with the style of your house? Choosing the right color for the exterior of your home can be a difficult decision, especially since there are hundreds of colors to choose from. You may want to drive around nearby neighborhoods to get an idea of the best palettes for the siding, accents, and trim or search for inspiration pictures online.
Add More Lighting
Tired of letting your dog outside in the dark? Increasing or updating your exterior lighting, will not only enhance the beauty of the structure, but it’ll also increase the security of your home. You can hire a professional exterior lighting technician to help design and install the fixtures, or replace your outdated lights yourself. Consider adding up-lighting to cast shadows or silhouette the shrubbery, hanging lights around the trees, or installing LED lamp posts in the front of your lawn. While increasing the aesthetic of your home is the primary goal, having a sense of security with added outdoor lighting is a plus. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were an estimated 1,117,696 burglaries in 2019. Outdoor lighting is pivotal to ensuring the safety of your property, so the more light the better!
Upgrade the Driveway
Do you have a gravel or paved driveway? Is it uneven or have cracks in it? If any of these resonate with you, consider paving or repaving your driveway. This is the first thing many people will see driving up to your home. Paving your driveway increases the value of your home, it’s aesthetically pleasing, has less maintenance than gravel, and eliminates possible damage to your vehicles. The cost of upgrading your driveway is not going to break the bank. Depending on materials, labor, demolition if required, heating option, and type of concrete you choose, the price will vary. Not only are the benefits of a newly paved driveway direct, but you’ll be able to enjoy it for many years before having to update it again.
Add New Decor
Once all the big projects are completed, it’s time to add the final touch with decorations. There is a wide variety of outdoor decor you can choose from. If you’re not sure what will look best for your space, scroll through Pinterest for exterior decor inspiration. If you have a front porch, consider adding rocking chairs for a more relaxing touch. Do you enjoy spending time watching birds? Purchasing a bird bath for the garden bed will not only improve your curb appeal but it’ll be a nice addition to enjoy in the mornings while sipping on your coffee. Perhaps you’re not looking for anything major to buy, a simple but elegant wreath to hang on the front door will do fine.
Stick to a Budget
It’s no secret that home improvement projects can be costly. The good news is that there are many ways to help cover the costs. The first helpful tip is to start putting money aside so that when you’re ready to tackle one of the projects, you’ll have money saved up. The second helpful way to cover the costs is by tackling them one at a time. There is no need to rush and get everything done all at once. Take your time and get the projects done right. The third way to help save money is by doing the projects yourself. Hiring professionals is necessary for some, but it is not required for all. Lastly, as a homeowner, you have the ability to borrow money from your home. This is a tax-deductible option when using the funds towards home improvements. The best part is if you would rather tackle all the projects at once and get them done, this is the best way to do it and cover all the costs effectively.
Giving your home the curb appeal boost it deserves, it’ll only increase the beauty it most certainly already has. For more information, shop our rubber mulch options today or contact us at (888) 492-7529. The rubber mulch team is looking forward to hearing from you!
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