Your home's exterior speaks volume about its style and decor. If it's unkempt or otherwise poorly designed, people will assume the interior follows this same pattern as well. But if you invest the necessary time and energy into creating an attractive landscape and exterior, it will reflect positively upon your home's interior and overall appearance. So, what steps can you take to improve your home's curb appeal?
Mow the Lawn
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it's still worth mentioning that mowing your lawn will improve your home's curb appeal. Allowing your lawn to grow unchecked will result in a messy landscape that hurts your home's curb appeal. A good rule of thumb is to maintain a lawn height of approximately 3 to 4 inches. If your lawn grows taller than 4 inches, you should mow it down.
Another landscaping tip to improve your home's curb appeal is to add mulch to flowerbeds. Whether you have a single flowerbed in front of your home or an entire array of flowerbeds lining your home's exterior, you should add fresh mulch to them every few months. Over time, mulch will decompose or blow away, leaving behind bare patches of grass that may give way to weeds. By adding fresh mulch, you'll create a more cohesive appearance while discouraging weeds and other unwanted plants from growing in your flowerbeds.
Replace Your Mailbox
When was the last time that you replaced your mailbox? Most homeowners rarely if ever replace their mailbox. They simply use the same mailbox year after year. But with each passing year, a typical mailbox will accumulate a little more dirt and degrade just a little more in quality. Eventually, mailboxes will turn into an battered mess that hurts a home's curb appeal. To prevent this from happening, you should replace your mailbox every few years. With an average cost of around $50, mailboxes are inexpensive, but they add significant value to your home's curb appeal.
Clean the Front Porch
You can't expect to create an attractive curb appeal without cleaning your front porch. This is one of the first things a guest sees when approaching your home. Therefore, it can help or hurt your home's appearance depending on whether it's clean. If your front porch is caked in dirt and cluttered with furniture, it's not going to enhance or otherwise help your home's curb appeal. You must keep it clean while also designing it with an attractive decor.
Don't let your home's appearance suffer from poor curb appeal. Follow the tips described here to enhance its exterior.