Early summer is here. The grass is green. Plants are fresh and alive. It’s also the season when many families start looking for a new home. Here are some summer landscaping ideas that will help boost curb appeal and make your home more attractive.
Elements of Good Curb Appeal
If you put the time, effort and money into sprucing up your home’s exterior it will pay off.
Landscaping is key. Mow the lawn regularly, weed the flower beds and keep trees and shrubs pruned. Plant colorful flowers in the front yard to make your home shine. Add fresh mulch to your garden beds too. A mulch color in black or brown can make flowers, plants and walkways pop.
Make sure your roof and siding are in good condition. If they are showing signs of age or damage, it’s time to make repairs or replace them. If your driveway or sidewalk is stained, give them a good pressure washing.
The windows and front door should be welcoming. Give your door a fresh coat of paint in a color that pops. Paint the window sills too if they are looking worn. Keep the windows clean and trim back small bushes and plants.
Lighting. Make sure the porch light is clean and in working order. Accentuate walkways and garden areas with small lanterns or solar lights. Potential buyers will notice the lights, even during the day.
The Importance of Curb Appeal
If you are selling your home, curb appeal is key. You want to give potential buyers a good first impression. Most realtors recommend that sellers improve the curb appeal of their home before listing it for sale.
Stand in the front yard and examine your home’s curb appeal. Look at your home with a critical eye. Are you distracted by overgrown shrubs? Does anything look weathered? How do your front door and mailbox look? Put yourself in the shoes of a person who is seeing your house for the first time.
Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal
You don’t have to spend big bucks to improve curb appeal. Simple, inexpensive touches can make a big difference. Here are some to consider.
Add a Rug. It can bring a warm, soft touch to a front porch, deck or patio.
Landscape Lighting. Lighting up pathways will improve safety and illuminating trees will add a nice touch in the darkness.
Plant Containers. Arrange a variety of plants in different sized containers on the front porch for instant curb appeal.
Colorful Furniture. Update your porch with a few pieces of furniture in colors that pop. Paint the front door in a fun color too.
Plant Trees. If you are planning to sell, small ornamental trees or fast-growing flowering trees are worthwhile investments.
Hang a Wreath. Personalize your entryway or front door with a wreath or decoration. Get creative and have fun!
Mailbox Makeover. Give it a good cleaning and a splash of colorful paint. If it’s worn down, get a new one.
Let Us Meet Your Power Washing Needs
If you are ready to spruce up your outdoor space, the professionals at Peak Power Wash can help. Let us deep clean your home exterior, deck, sidewalk or driveway. We use a technique called “soft wash”, which uses a much lower amount of pressure and reduces potential harm to surfaces. Contact us at 443-686-WASH or visit our website to request a free estimate. We hope that these summer landscaping ideas were helpful.