When it comes to your home, first impressions are important. While this does mean making sure that your home is clean and has attractive interior decor, it’s your home’s curb appeal that your neighbors and visitors will always notice first. Curb appeal can impact your home’s value if you’re looking to sell or refinance, so it should always be taken into consideration. Fortunately, you don’t need to break the bank to give your home the curb appeal you’ve been yearning for.
Install a Retaining Wall
A retaining wall is a structure that is designed to keep soil and rocks in place in your yard. They are especially helpful if you have downward slopes on your property since they keep soil and debris from sliding down into other parts of your yard. They also make for a nice decorative touch to practically any yard.
Installing a retaining wall on your property sounds like it would be fairly expensive, but you’ll be happy to know that it usually only costs between $6 and $30 per square foot to construct one. If you want to build a retaining wall that will last for some time, consider a concrete wall. Most concrete structures will last for more than 100 years if they are installed and maintained properly. Building a decent concrete retaining wall will likely cost around $30 per square foot, but it is well worth the investment considering how long your investment will last.
Planting shrubs around your property will not only increase your home’s curb appeal but will lower your energy costs by shading your home during the summer months. The total home energy costs in the United States dropped by 5% in 2019 thanks in part to homeowners planting shrubs in their yards. Keep in mind that you can’t stop with just planting attractive shrubs in your yard and call it a day. Plants require upkeep. They need to be watered, pruned, and otherwise cared for if you want them to last. Some plants will be easier to care for than others, so shop around and see what you think would be best for your home.
De-Clutter Your Yard
If you have too much clutter in your yard, you’re not alone. It’s reported that hoarding disorder impacts between 2% and 6% of the population. Even if you don’t have a hoarder disorder, you might still have a cluttered yard. Fortunately, cleaning it out might be one of the cheapest and easiest ways to improve your home’s curb appeal. Some yards will be easier to de-clutter than others, but cleaning out your front and back yards shouldn’t take longer than one afternoon. First, identify what you can keep and what should be thrown away. Things like gardening tools, water hoses, and sprinklers should obviously be stored somewhere where you can access them, but any trash should be thrown into a garbage bag.
Like maintaining shrubs and other plants, de-cluttering and cleaning your yard will be an ongoing process. Even if you’re diligent about putting away equipment when you’re done with it, you’ll likely still find the odd bit of trash in your front yard now and again. Keep an eye on it, and be sure to throw it where it belongs when you find it.
These are just a few easy things that you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal. Most of it comes down to being diligent about your home’s appearance, but other things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal include keeping your lawn mowed, putting new siding on your home, and installing outdoor lighting. Some of these will obviously be beyond you, so don’t hesitate to look up contractors in your area if you want to go the extra mile in improving your home’s appearance.