Everyone wants to live in a beautiful home.
We all a house that attracts compliments from friends and family. It is a proud feeling, indeed, when you stay in a home that is the envy of entire neighborhood. Owning such a home, however, is no piece of cake. Even if not too much, it still does require a certain amount of effort, time and knowledge to keep it well-maintained and updated.
People who live in houses with front yards or lawns need to be more patient and careful about taking good care of the grass and foliage and keep it free of uninvited pests, insects and rodents.
Enhancing the curb appeal of your home is all about increasing the visual appeal of your front yard or lawn, which in turn, elevates the overall splendor of your home exterior.
Just like an attractive face adds to the overall charm of a person and makes others gravitate towards him/her, a home with a beautiful façade will create positive leanings towards you. Have a look at some tips on how you can increase the curb appeal of your home in a short time.
1. Add or Upgrade the Front Fence
If you do not have a fence yet but think that adding one to your property will uplift its look, then by all means do get one installed. If you already have one, you might want to check it for repairs and paint jobs. Both these factors are not only essential for increasing your fence’s longevity, but also to smarten them up.
Minor repairs can be taken care of by you; just visit your nearest home-improvement store and pick up the necessary supplies and get cracking. It is advised to hire professionals for major repairs. Once that’s taken care of, you might want to think about (re)painting it.
When it comes to painting your fence, start by checking if the paint is chipping off. If it is peeling off, you will be required to sand the surface before painting it. Consider painting it white for a regal look. A coat of fresh paint can instantly breathe new life into your ageing fence and take your lawn from looking jaded to awe-inspiring. This shouldn’t take more than a weekend to do.
2. Clean up the Driveway
A neat and clean driveway helps make a great first impression of your housekeeping skills. Not just that, it also makes it safe for you and your family to drive in and out of your garage. Apart from keeping it clean and clear, you will also have to de-clutter it.
Whether it is the extra potted plants, your kid’s toys, or garage equipment, make sure they go back to where they belong and not remain on the driveway as that will only make it appear shoddy and work against setting a good impression of your home. An uncluttered driveway is always more inviting, striking, and safe.
3. Add an Artificial Lawn
Growing a lawn with natural grass will take months of waiting, money and effort. Maintaining it will take up more of the same things later on. Artificial grass has been gaining immense popularity lately. You might want to seriously consider installing a synthetic lawn for instant, quick and hassle-free results.
Synthetic turf can be very pleasing to the eye and convenient to have. It does not require extreme care and attention like a natural grass lawn does. You don’t need to wait a long time for the grass to grow or worry about bald patches, weed growth, or lawn mowing. It can survive all types of weather and looks healthy and green all year round.
There’s no need to water your synthetic lawn for the grass to grow as it is not real. All you will need to do is clean it with a hose at regular intervals or when dirt, debris, leaves, or other particles start to accumulate over it. This is beneficial to the environment as it helps save water, plus you save on your water bill.
Weeding is a non-issue with synthetic lawns. Hence, you do not need to worry about weeds, pests, insects and rodents infesting your lawn and destroying it. This negates expenditure on purchasing insecticides, pesticides, and other weed-killing chemicals. Additionally, because you will not be required to mow artificial grass, you need not buy a lawnmower and other related equipment either.
Thanks to the closely-woven fibers between the artificial grass blades, there is virtually no scope for the appearance of weeds or damage to the grass. With so many benefits, no wonder it is becoming a very appealing alternative to natural grass.
4. Work on Your Porch
Your front porch is one of the first few areas that your guests and passers-by will see. Hence, it needs to look warm and welcoming. The primary purpose of having a porch is for it to provide a proper waiting area to your guests till the time you answer the door, especially during harsh weather conditions. It also functions as an area where you greet your guests before they enter your home.
Keeping these factors in mind, it makes good sense to spruce up your front porch by adding certain elements to it. An aesthetic porch lamp, a few carefully-chosen hanging plants and a few potted ones along the stairs, a porch swing or a rocking chair on the side, and a newspaper rack – are only but a few elements that you can incorporate into it (depending on the available space).
Furthermore, do not forget to have your front door painted in an earthy and inviting color. Get the railings repaired/repainted as well. Another weekend job!
Being imaginative and artistic in your approach towards upping the curb appeal of your property is the key to making it look great within a limited timeframe. First impressions go a long way in setting a particular image of you. So do take the necessary steps to ensure that your home strikes the right chord and elevates your standing in the neighborhood.