Whether you’re welcoming guests or potential home buyers, it’s important that your home make a good first impression. But with so many elements — flowerbeds, lawn, mailbox, porch and the all-important front door — addressing your home’s exterior can seem overwhelming. If you don’t know where to begin to create an attractive outdoor space, we’ve got you covered.
Start at the street. Use a powerwasher (or hire a company) to clean sidewalks, walkways, and the driveway. Don’t forget to power wash the house as well, including the gutters. If your mailbox is old or faded, consider replacing it. Alternatively, apply a fresh coat of paint and new numbers. Adding fashionable house numbers to your home is a nice touch, too.
Think green. Make sure your lawn and landscaping are in top shape. Treat grass for weeds, and seed or lay sod over any thinning areas. Trim shrubbery and weed flowerbeds. Add seasonal flowers for a pop of color, and finish off the look with mulch. Potted arrangements are another way to add color, and are easy to switch out as seasons change.
Make your home shine. Once your house is washed, inspect screens, windows, and lights to ensure they are in good repair. Wipe away cobwebs. Put away toys and tools, roll up hoses and stash your trash and recycling bins out of sight.
Take care of your porch. If it has been awhile since your porch has been painted or stained, now is a great time to check that off your list. Inspect posts and railings and make any repairs.
Don’t forget your door. Your front door is the gateway to your home. Consider painting or staining it, and feel free to add a pop of color. Check with your homeowners association to steer clear of violating covenants.
Set the scene. Accent pieces aren’t just for the inside of your home. Add a comfortable chair or bench and a few outdoor throw pillows in colors that complement your trim or plantings. A new doormat or wreath will bring a warm and welcoming vibe.
Bonus. Apply these same strategies in your backyard to create an oasis.