How to Improve Curb Appeal

Written by shelly mcrae
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Perhaps you want to freshen up your home’s curb appeal, but just don’t have the budget for an extensive landscaping project. Don’t despair. You can improve your curb appeal by investing more hard work than money into your front garden. You needn’t break the bank to go from bland to beautiful.

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Things you need

  • Lawnmower
  • Weed killer
  • Garden tools
  • Cleaning supplies

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    Clear away any dead plants or trees. Trim overgrown hedges and mow the lawn. Turn the soil in existing flowerbeds. Wash down the driveway and remove any stains, if necessary.

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    Power wash the exterior of your house. You can rent a power washer at your local home improvement store for around £32.50. This will freshen up your existing paint colour, saving you a considerable amount by not having to repaint. Do repaint the trim, however. Choose a new colour, one that will brighten up the existing colour. This shouldn’t cost you more than the price of one or two cans of exterior paint.

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    If your front door is in bad shape, replace it. If it’s functional but dull, repaint or add new stain. If your door is fine, but your entryway is dull, consider adding ornamentation. Clean up or replace your porch light. Place two large planters or pots to either side of your doorway. You can often find these on sale at the end of the season. Be sure your stoop or porch is clean and stain-free. Consider painting the concrete or stair railings the same colour as the trim.

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    For your flowerbeds, choose a mix of annuals and perennials. Plant the perennials farther apart and mix in the annuals between them. Your perennials will continue to bloom for a few years, but the annuals will need replacing each year. The annuals will keep your garden looking fresh and the perennials will save you money.

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    Kill any weeds in the lawn and reseed.

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    If you can’t afford to replace any trees that you had to remove, fill in the holes and seed. Though it may not be attractive at the moment, be patient. It will fill in. If you want to replace the trees but find the price tag a little too high, check out the Free Trees and Plants website. This organisation rescues unsold plants and saplings and will ship them to you for the cost of shipping, usually around eight dollars.

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    Now take a step back, well, step across the street, and take a look at your home. If you’ve completed the few simple steps given here, your curb appeal should be improved. However, you can take it a step or two further.

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    Look to either side of your house. What would passersby see? Do they see your air conditioner unit hulking along side your house? Do they see a pile of discarded lumber? Clean out any debris from the sides of your house. Store lumber, tools, or other usable goods properly. Dispose of the rest. To hide those side pockets of property, consider using a few fencing pickets and a gate to create a faux doorway to the back yard.

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    Add a few garden ornaments to the flowerbeds and decorative bark mulch. Line the driveway with solar lamps. The illumination will add a nice evening glow to your home. If adding these kinds of details aren’t in your budget, consider the adage of reduce, reuse and recycle. Look around your home. Do you have an old copper pot that could be reworked into an outdoor ornament? Can you fashion a sculpture from materials found in the garage?

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    Improving your curb appeal gives you a chance to be creative, and to create a unique front garden your neighbours will enjoy as well.

Tips and warnings

  • The simpler your landscape design, the less time you need to spend doing maintenance.
  • Choose plants and trees native to your region.
  • Plan to do the work in stages to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

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