They say home is where the heart is. But if your heart sinks every time you arrive home from work, it might be time to give the exterior of your house a little more love. There are lots of reasons why a house could lose its curb appeal. If yours is past its prime, don’t panic. There are plenty of ways you can bring the love back to your front view and make your home the most beautiful on the block.
If you’re going to freshen your exterior, why not install some fresh planting? Start with your lawn. Low maintenance may be easy, but it rarely looks good, and it certainly lacks that loved feeling. A freshly mowed lawn offers that wonderful scent as well as that beautiful vibrant green color to brighten up the end of your day. Start by removing all the unnecessary hard stuff like bricks and paving slabs. Now you have some space, it’s time to design your front garden.
Shape your lawn in a square or a curve. It’s easier to mow if it has borders instead of laying it all the way to the wall. You can buy rolls of turf to make it easy to install, but make sure you prepare the soil first. You could speak to a professional about caring for your lawn both before and after you’ve laid it. This will help your grass to take well in its new spot, and you’ll enjoy your lush lawn more.
Shrubs, bushes, and hedges not only help shape your front garden, but they provide a healthier environment too, especially if you live on a busy road. Yes, they will need trimming and maybe even some shaping, but this activity is only required a few times each year. The leaves come in lots of different colors, shapes, and sizes. You could mix and match to create the effect you’re looking for. You can also use them to offer a little more privacy or to act as a boundary.
Adding some colorful flowers can help the front view of your home look even fresher. It might help you add some value to your home as well. After all, the first view or picture of your house any buyer will see will be this one. If you’re not keen on weeding, keep your flowers in pots. They will be less prone to weeds and can be swapped as the season changes for the next fresh bloom. You’re less likely to suffer the digging of the neighborhood cats too!
Don’t forget that you can also beautify your home after dark with careful lighting choices. Illuminate your path leading to the door. Your porch should also be well lit. Don’t worry about installing new electrical cabling. Many exterior lights are now solar powered so that you can enjoy their illumination for free. Best of all, they can be repositioned if they’re not giving the desired effect.
Taking care of the front view of your home doesn’t take a lot of work. Often a good clean and a fresh coat of paint can go a long way. If you want to add that little bit extra, consider adding some flower beds, lawn, and shrubs. Love your home.