Improving the curb appeal of your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, simple landscaping tricks and techniques can increase the value of your home dramatically, and for very little cost. The only requirements are some basic design planning and a little bit of imagination.
The easiest way to spruce up the look of your home is with some simple cleaning. Borrow a power washer to clean every nook and cranny of porches and sidewalks, or take a simple bucket of warm water and soap to scrub dirt and mold from siding, trim, railings, and light fixtures. De-clutter the garage and yard and park vehicles out of sight if possible. Address any paint peeling issues and touch up obvious areas in need.
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Consider the layout of your yard and the areas which offer the most shade. Think about the types of plants and flowers you like and draw a diagram of the yard, sectioning off areas in which you wish to plant. If those areas are in shade, note which time of the day. This information can come in handy when shopping for plants, since some require ample shading or direct sunlight.
Grass is the highest maintenance part of your lawn, so minimize grassy area by maximizing shrubs, trees, and other plants. Also incorporate mulch into the landscape design. Since your only splurge is on plant life, make sure you select vivid colors and varying heights to draw the eye into your landscaping design.
What you end up with is a colorful, eye-catching home with very little money involved. All it takes is some creativity and sweat equity.