When we think “home improvement,” many of us think of the interior. Redecorating the living room, upgrading the kitchen appliances, replacing the old carpet with beautiful hardwood flooring. And while these are all excellent options for breathing new life into your home, it’s important not to neglect your home’s exterior.
Imagine pulling up to your house after a long day of work. The yard is immaculate, the front porch is welcoming, and you smile to yourself, knowing it’s a home worth admiring. If this sounds appealing to you, what you need are some yard upgrades!
To learn a few improvements you can make that will turn your home’s exterior into the envy of the neighborhood, just keep reading.
Clean Up Your Yard
Let’s start with what’s most likely going to be the most difficult part of your yard improvement project: the yard itself. Depending on how long you’ve been neglecting your lawn, you might have quite the job on your hands. That’s okay! Take it one step at a time and you’ll be done before you know it.
Clear away any large debris, such as twigs and branches, first. Then go back through and clean up smaller items like leaves. If you don’t have many to clean, you can use a rake; with a lot of leaves, it’s more efficient to use a blower.
Once you can see your grass again, mow and edge it, and now you’re at the fun part – decorating! Whether you plant a tree here and there or add some perennial flowers to the beds around your yard, a little bit of greenery goes a long way.
Don’t Forget Your Hardscape Areas
It’s important to tackle your yard before your hardscape areas. The last thing you want to do is clean your driveway only to blow dirt and debris all over it again while you’re cleaning up the lawn. But once your landscaping looks beautiful, you can move on to your driveway and other walkways.
The first step is to ensure everything is clean. And while you can rent a power washer to do this, your hose on the highest setting typically works just as well.
If your walkways could use a facelift, consider replacing your old pavers with some decorative gravel. You can find it in all shapes, sizes, and colors, so you’re sure to find something that suits your home’s exterior.
Update Your Entrance
The last step of an exterior home improvement project is to look at your front door and the area surrounding it. Could it use a wash? Some new porch lights? A fresh coat of paint?
Taking steps as simple as replacing your house numbers, polishing or updating your hardware, and repainting your front door can completely change the look and feel of your home’s entrance.
If you have a covered porch, adding a porch swing or some hanging plants is a great idea. Use inspiration from other homes but make it your own, your home should be a reflection of you and your family.
Create a Stunning Home Exterior With These Yard Upgrades
As you can see, some of the most impactful yard upgrades are those you can do in the span of a weekend. You don’t have to break the bank to have a stunning home, it’s all about care and attention to detail.
By applying these yard ideas to your home, you’ll have excellent curb appeal in no time.
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