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Improve Curb Appeal with Front Yard Landscaping

Improve Curb Appeal with Front Yard Landscaping

Landscaping improves your privacy and creates a beautiful space for entertaining and personal enjoyment. But it can also improve the curb appeal and value of your home before you sell. If you’re putting your home on the market, consider how your curb appeal can be impacted by your landscaping. A home with a beautiful, inviting front yard may be more likely to have a large turnout at an open house than one which is bare, or hasn’t been maintained. Understandably, you don’t want to spend a lot of time updating the front yard’s landscaping just before you move, but there are a few things you can do to improve curb appeal and help your home sell more quickly.

Draw attention to the front entryway

A new coat of paint on the door will certainly help, but landscaping can subtly draw the eye of potential buyers to the home. Create a walkway from your driveway using bricks, pavers or reclaimed slate for a safe path to the house. If you have an old walkway in place, make sure materials are level so visitors don’t lose their footing. Then, add solar-powered outdoor lighting. Easier to install and remove, solar powered lights provide a well-lit path at night and are less expensive than putting in the wiring for a traditional system.

Consider using levels within your front yard’s landscaping to build up emphasis to the home. If you have steps along your walkway leading to the house, add plants on the stairs or alongside them. Including plants of various sizes throughout the garden creates a stylized asymmetry that will improve curb appeal and catch the eye of potential buyers.

Choose affordable landscaping options

The key to curb appeal landscaping is showing a homebuyer what it could look like if they lived there. That does not necessarily mean all the elements shown at an open house will be present when they move in. Plus, as you’re getting ready to move, you probably don’t want to invest in something you can’t take with you. Here are some easy, affordable ways you can improve your front lawn’s landscaping for increased curb appeal.

  • Divide existing plants to fill in sparse areas of the yard for free
  • Use planters to add depth, color and texture and take them with you if you choose
  • Add a splash of color with affordable annuals. You don’t need to splurge on plants that will only last a season, but these will help improve curb appeal in the spring and summer
  • Put down a fresh layer of mulch
  • Use hanging plants for low-maintenance decoration
  • Maintain your lawn with string trimmers and riding lawn mowers

When you’re putting your home on the market, string trimmer maintenance and proper mowing techniques are important. Tidy up your back and front yard landscaping with string trimmers that will help you cut back weeds, edge flower beds and create clean borders. If you have a mid-to-large size yard, you’ll want to commit to a riding lawn mower with great maneuverability. Zero-turn riding lawn mowers help you easily navigate landscaping and make tight turns cleanly for a well-groomed lawn. When you’re trying to sell your house, an overgrown lawn can be a big turnoff to potential buyers even if you have lovely flowers and landscaping. So, make sure you mow regularly while your home is on the market to improve curb appeal.

Add landscaping that looks great year-round

Curb appeal isn’t just about sprucing up your home to sell it. It’s also about creating a beautiful landscape for you and even your neighbors to enjoy. The following tips will help you design a landscape that will improve your curb appeal whether you’re selling now or planning for the future.

Plant evergreen trees and shrubs that keep your home looking lovely year-round
Trim trees and bushes to keep them maintained and in scale with your home
Add permanent landscaping features that require minimal upkeep like pathways, lights, fountains and trellises
Choose landscaping options that will make your home inviting, even in the winter
Use trees and shrubs to create a hedgerow or border for privacy
With these long-term landscaping designs and small improvements before selling, your home and lawn will be ready to impress potential buyers.

This entry was posted in Featured, Get Out, Landscape and tagged Backyard, home, Home Improvement, home improvement tips, HomeAdvisor.com, landscaping on August 30 by Adam Henige.

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