Spring is right around the corner, which means it's a perfect time for you to consider increasing the value of your property by adding landscaping. Improving your curb appeal, regardless if your budget is big or small, is an important and easy way to change the appearance and value of your home, both in the short-term and long-term. The following tips for varying budgets will help you improve the look, feel, and value of your home.
Update your old house numbers. Consider the style of your house and find either new modern or traditional house numbers to reflect your home's personality. Another cost efficient tip is to pressure wash your siding, driveway, sidewalk and decks. Remove years of dirt and grime to give your home a fresh look. Add some color by buying a gallon of paint and giving your front door and shutters a makeover. Purchase pots and window containers in complementary colors and plant your favorite colorful flowers.
Remove outdated, damaged or builder-grade lighting by your front door or garage to give your home an instant refresh. Consider replacing old hardware on your front door or garage door to give them an updated look without breaking the bank. Install landscaping lighting to illuminate walkways, landscaping, or interesting features of your house to also improve curb appeal. Create a new flowerbed by building a simple retaining wall made of stone, bricks or concrete blocks to add contrast in your yard. Add a variety of shrubs, plants and flowers to add color and personality.
Make your doorstep a welcoming place by adding a new screen door, tiling your doorstep, or upgrading your railing. Add a stone or brick walkway leading up to the doorstep or add pavers on the sides of your driveway for more style. If your home doesn't include many architectural details, add shutters or accent trim around windows, the front door, and the exterior of your home. If you own an older house and your gutters are rusting, peeling, or looking worn, consider updating your gutter system.
Give your exterior a fresh coat of paint or consider adding siding. Siding is low maintenance, energy efficient and will add value to your home. Consider installing stone veneer to portions of the exterior to add visual interest. If your driveway is cracking, showing wear or full of weeds, replacing your driveway with a new concrete drive can significantly update your home while increasing the value. Lastly, consider giving your landscaping a complete overhaul by hiring a professional to design the space with trees, shrubs, walkways, retaining walls and more to completely transform your curb appeal.