As the weather starts to cool down this Fall, it is a great time to start making some updates to the exterior of your home. There are so many improvements you can make to add curb appeal to your home this season. The first thing that someone sees when visiting your house is the exterior of your home, and you want your home to make a good impression. Use these tips to create a home you can be proud of. Your home’s exterior should serve as a snapshot of what’s to come when potential buyers enter your home. Even if you are not selling your home, creating curb appeal makes your home a more inviting and attractive place to relax with family and friends. Fortunately, not all curb appeal projects require emptying your wallet in order to provide a huge return on your investment.
Here are 7 tips to help you create curb appeal for your home this Fall:
1. Lawn Maintenance
Once your lawn goes dormant in the fall season, the grass may not need to be cut, but it still requires attention and care. Removing weeds and edging can be done monthly to keep the lawn looking neat. Depending on the variety of shrubbery and trees you have, it is important to cut them back before the winter chill sets in. This will make your landscape look more manicured and will not drop as many dead branches and debris on your yard and walkways.
2. Clean Up Fallen Leaves
It is essential to clean leaves up right away as opposed to letting them sit on your lawn for too long. Not keeping up with leaf removal will lead to a blanket of leaves that will in time suffocate your grass and block it from getting the sunlight, water and nutrients it needs to survive. Frequently rake up fallen leaves and patch up any brown spots in the grass.
3. Add Pops of Color
Even though the vibrant summer flowers are gone, there are still opportunities to add pops of color to your yard. In warmer climates, flowers can be replaced with colorful mums or heartier shrubs ranging in colors from deep purples to light greens. Rubber mulch, pine bark and rocks are another way to add visual interest and color to your landscape.
4. Update Your Hardscaping & Flowerbeds
Update your planter beds with colorful flowers, trees and shrubs. To keep your landscaping looking fresh and dynamic, mix in various plants with an eye-catching tree to maintain an interesting, textured look. Consider lining your flowerbed with a rock wall, stone or brick lining to add an attractive element to your yard.
5. Create an Elegant Entryway
Create and update garden beds that direct people’s eyes to the front entry. Adding pine straw can also freshen up a space. Choosing the right hardscape can be a challenge, but a simple stone or brick path is a great way to add charm to your entryway.
6. Highlight Your Front Door
Making your front door the focal point of your home’s exterior is a good tactic no matter what time of year you decide to sell your home. During the fall, a simple wreath of fall foliage and flowers can add an inviting touch. A fresh coat of paint in a vivid red can also make your entrance stand out.
7. Add Outdoor Lighting
As the days get shorter, it becomes increasingly important to provide potential homebuyers with a safe path to your front door. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.
In fact, recent trends suggest that smaller projects can be a better investment than large scale remodels. Simple projects can add value to your home, and make it a more attractive, better place to live. If you prefer to leave these improvements to a professional, Mansell Landscape Management can help! We offer ongoing landscape maintenance as well as seasonal landscape plans. Contact Us to start increasing your home’s curb appeal today.