While the interior of a home often has great value placed upon it, this sometimes causes the exterior of the home to become overlooked. Your yard, both front and back, should still be something to take into consideration. This does not mean you have to go all out here, but definitely spend some time making sure your exterior design is in somewhat decent shape.
Why does it matter?
Perhaps you have an HOA in your neighborhood so you don’t really have a choice. Or, perhaps you just care about the aesthetic appeal of your home. Regardless, having a clean, nice outdoor area will increase your home’s value, provide a nice curb appeal, and also provide a nice area to spend time with friends and family during the warmer months of the year.
How does one accomplish this?
- Trim Those Bushes. Having clean landscaping with nice edging does wonders for the exterior aesthetic appeal. No one likes the look of overgrown bushes, trees, and shrubbery. Pluck those weeds and use a trimmer to get your hedges looking nice.
- Mow the Lawn. What a concept, right? You’d be surprised. It would appear that some people would prefer to live in a jungle, inviting mysterious animals and snakes to reside in their yard rather than mow their lawn. Chances are you can find a lawn service that will do the job for you for a decent price if you find yourself not having the time. Your neighbors will thank you, and it will keep your yard (both front and back) looking nice.
- Home Exterior. Although this technically is not your ‘yard’, per se, the exterior of your home plays into your overall curb appeal. You can make sure this stays in good shape by keeping it clean with pressure washing, fresh paint, and even new windows if it’s time. You can go above and beyond by taking plain siding and sprucing it up with faux brick or faux stone paneling. You can use this paneling on the base of pillars as well to add texture and a nice contrast to the existing exterior.
- Outside Seating. Add a couple chairs to your front porch, and absolutely add seating to your backyard. This will provide a nice place to gather with family and friends and enjoy meals together. Having a nice place to sit outside will force you to go outdoors more often, breathe in the fresh air, and absolutely make your yard stand out.