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August
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Front Yard Tips

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. The same holds true when it comes to selling your home. 

Your front yard is at the center of your home's curb appeal, which is a term used to describe how your home appears from the street. If you think about it, your front yard is the first thing people see when pulling up to your home. It's clearly visible to visitors, anyone who drives by, Google Maps, and most importantly, potential buyers who are thinking about scheduling a tour of your listing. 

As a result, our real estate agents always recommend giving your front yard a bit of extra love before listing your home on the market. Luckily, there are many easy and affordable ways to improve your yard this summer. If you want to make your yard stand out, we have a list of ideas for you:

  • Refresh Your Landscaping
    The best way to give your front yard a makeover is by adding new plants. Consider planting new trees, shrubs, bushes, or flowers in your front yard. It will go a long way toward making your home appear more welcoming and inviting. If you're struggling to figure out what types of greenery would look best or how to create the right balance, don't hesitate to consult with a professional.

  • Add Some New Lighting
    Never underestimate the importance of good outdoor lighting. Whether it's big spotlights that illuminate the facade of your home, rope lighting along the garden, or new LED lanterns to line your sidewalk, lighting is an easy, affordable, and effective way to upgrade your yard. Plus, the options are endless.

  • Don't Forget About Hardscaping
    Hardscaping describes any man-made elements such as sidewalks, driveways, lawn decor, garden edging, and more. When it comes to building a beautiful front yard, hardscaping plays an important role. You can add a new pathway, a beautiful stone retaining wall or even a fountain. Hardscaping can really complement your landscaping and is a key ingredient when creating a nice outdoor oasis.

  • Add Some Tree Rings
    Tree bases present a great opportunity for additional plants, hardscapes, and decorative elements in your yard. If you have big trees in your front yard, build rings around the bases with stones, brick, or wood. Then add mulch or soil, plant some of your favorite flowers or add some decorative lawn elements. 

  • Start A Garden
    A brand new garden is a highly attractive outdoor element to add to your yard, plus it gives you the opportunity to show off new plants. The larger the garden, the more room you have to create beautiful arrays of flowers that wow visitors, neighbors, and potential buyers. Not only can gardening help your home stand out, but it's also a fun spring and summer hobby.

  • Update Your Garage Door
    If your garage door faces the street and it's old or deteriorating, you may consider upgrading it to help increase the aesthetic beauty of your facade and yard. Garage doors that are faded or have experienced a good bit of wear and tear can really drag down your curb appeal. Consider investing in a new garage door, or at the very least, add a fresh coat of paint to your existing one in order to brighten things up.

  • Buy A New Mailbox
    It may seem simple, but upgrading your mailbox is an effective, easy, and affordable way to enhance the look of your front yard. If your mailbox is several decades old or is dated and fading, a new one can go a long way. Choose a creative design and a color that matches your home.

  • Paint Your Porch
    It's amazing how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint can make. Apply one to your front porch to help spruce things up. You can never go wrong with a bright white, but you can also get creative and choose a new color that matches your facade.

  • Maintain Your Trees And Shrubs
    Trees, shrubs, and greenery, in general, are great elements of any front yard -- until they grow out of control. Make sure you're taking the time to trim any dead tree branches and prune your shrubs. Also, be sure to water them regularly. In the spring and summer, trimming trees and shrubs is a weekly occurrence.

  • Install Window Boxes
    If your facade is in need of life or a bit of extra color, window boxes are a great idea. They're affordable and easy to create on your own. Install them below your windows, and then add soil. Then, plant some of your favorite colorful flowers that add a bit of extra contrast to your facade.

Your front yard plays an important role in how your home is perceived from the street. Contact us today for more home improvement tips.

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