How to Update Your Front Yard
When it comes to remodeling a home, generally speaking, homeowners tend to prioritize the home’s interior. The exterior is often an afterthought; however, it is an excellent way to update your front yard. However, the exterior is the first thing that visitors see when they drive up to the home.
When a home has an updated exterior, it tends to improve the curb appeal of the home. Whether you decide to sell the home or just improve it to maintain it, there are some tips to help to update your front yard.
These are the kind of improvements that will help your home sell faster.
Maintain the Lawn
As we are well into the spring season, it is a good idea to reseed the lawn. Fertilize and ensure that your lawn is taken care of. Weeds are inevitable in most lawns.
Ideally, pull weeds, including the roots by hand, or use a hoe to remove the entire weed. If the weeds are overgrowing and out of control, you can use an herbicide to kill the weeds. Be sure to read the directions to ensure you don’t damage the existing lawn.
You can also hire a service to take care of your lawn monthly to ensure that it is weed-free and green. There are some late spring tips to take care of your lawn and yard. Hire a landscaper or gardener to help mow the lawn weekly. A green and healthy lawn is very inviting and will make the home and yard look well tended to.
If you have a smaller area where you want to have a lawn and are not interested in the maintenance, consider adding artificial turf. This is a great way to maintain a green appearance.
It is a good idea to research what type of turf, and remember some of it does get hot. This can be problematic if you have pets.
Tend to the Flower Beds
Shrubs and bushes in flower beds should be trimmed neatly to create a neat appearance. If you want to put down mulch around the shrubs, that creates a nice look.
Remember to get the flower beds free of weeds as well. If you have smaller flower beds and want to add annual color, that will add some zest to the home.
Consider adding petunias or marigolds will add some bold color. You can keep them for several months by pruning back on the old blooms.
Paint Your Front Door For More Exterior Appeal
After you have cleaned up the front of your home to ensure no cobwebs or leaves are hanging around, consider painting the front door and trim.
It can be a contrasting color to the home, which will add to the appeal of the exterior. Avoid any home improvements that may be too trendy, as they can be a turn-off for a potential buyer.
If you are selling your home, select a color appealing to the majority, as you don’t want the color to be too off-putting. Consider adding a seasonal wreath on the front door and a fresh entryway doormat.
All of these enhancements you are making to your home are considered exterior staging.
Update Your Exterior Light Fixtures
If your light fixtures are in good shape, then go ahead and just be sure to clean them and ensure the light bulbs are operable.
Light fixtures are considered fixtures in real estate as they are attached to the property. If the light fixture is in disrepair, consider replacing them. Light fixtures are not all that expensive and consider a search at a home improvement store such as Ace Hardware or Lowes.
All of these steps will help you get the home ready for a spring sale should you decide that is the direction you plan to go.
Add an Architectural Mailbox to Help Update Your Front Yard
If you live in a home in an HOA, there may be restrictions on what type of mailbox you can put on the property. If not, some beautiful mailboxes can be added to the property and make the exterior and front yard more appealing.
There are many different mailboxes that you can select. Consider searching online for the type of mailbox you are seeking. There are mailboxes with a post or wall mount that you can select.
Many companies offer an option with the selection of the finish, including an architectural bronze finish. Keep in mind, if you live on the waterfront or ocean that is a more corrosive environment. This can impact the mailbox and cause it to corrode more quickly. Be sure to select a finish that will stand up to the elements.
Update Your House Numbers
Along with your upgraded mailbox, you can also upgrade the house numbers. There are many places where you can order house numbers to add to the appeal of the exterior of the home.
With a farmhouse-style home, many are using house numbers in script style with the house number, and some are even adding the name of the street.
Be sure to order house numbers that will tolerate the elements. The last thing you want is to purchase house numbers only to have them rusting or falling apart within the first few months of having them.
Add Exterior Lighting
There are some fabulous options to add exterior lighting to your flower beds and yard. If you have a beautiful tree as a focal point, then you may want to illuminate the tree. Add lighting in the flowerbeds to showcase the flowerbeds and seasonal flowers.
There are many options with exterior lighting, including solar, which is a great option. They are not difficult to install, and the wires are buried under the soil, which can be a relatively easy DIY project.
Get a timer for the lights and allow them to go on at sunset and stay on until dusk. Not only are the exterior lights aesthetically pleasing, but they also add to the safety of your home. The exterior lighting is a money-saving home improvement tip.
There are some fabulous ways to transform your home’s exterior by following the steps above. Be sure to maintain your home to prevent your home from accruing deferred maintenance.
Updating the exterior of the home will create a lasting impression of your home for visitors and buyers if you are selling. There are many other ways to create a beautiful curb appeal of your home, so be creative and add to the value of your home.
Hopefully, you have found my tips for updating your yard to be useful.