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When you think of increasing your home’s resale value, your mind probably goes to remodeling the kitchen or adding an extra bathroom. However, many homeowners overlook one of the most important areas of the house: the yard. Increasing your home’s curb appeal is an excellent way to boost its value and beauty, and it can be much more affordable than interior updates.
Projects to Add Curb Appeal
There are many ways to add curb appeal to your home, from greening up your lawn to completely overhauling your landscape. While everyone’s taste differs, these curb appeal projects are safe bets for most homeowners.
Repainting the front door.
Replacing door hardware.
Replacing front porch light fixtures.
Installing landscape lighting.
Adding a front walkway.
Repairing driveway cracks.
Replacing the mailbox.
Installing new house numbers.
Planting shade trees.
Installing window boxes.
Planting a four-season garden.
When to Hire Professionals
Most homeowners spend anywhere from $115 to $47,131 nationally on landscaping upgrades. If you prefer to stay on the lower end, use professional services judiciously.
One money-saving option is to hire a landscape designer or landscape architect to plan your yard but do the labor yourself. Landscape professionals understand how to design a yard that both complements your home’s architecture and serves practical purposes like adding privacy, solving drainage problems, and creating outdoor living spaces. They also have the knowledge to select plants that perform well in your climate, which can lead to considerable savings over time. The Spruce explains the differences between landscape architects and designers so you can hire the right pro for your project.
Some landscaping jobs are best left to the pros regardless of your budget. These include infrastructure changes like installing irrigation and outdoor lighting systems, extensive landscaping changes like grading and installing retaining walls, and hardscape features like patios and fountains. Done incorrectly, landscaping updates like these could harm the value of your home. For that reason, it’s smartest to hire professionals with the knowledge and experience to do the job right.
When to DIY
Most landscaping jobs are very forgiving to beginners, which makes the yard a great place to get your feet wet as a budding DIYer. Installing annual and perennial plants, applying mulch, laying sod, and constructing stone pathways are all approachable DIY projects to increase your home’s curb appeal.
Don’t neglect the entryway when planning your curb appeal upgrade. The front porch is a great place to focus your DIY efforts. It doesn’t take much experience to apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door, power wash your porch and driveway, and install new house numbers. Homeowners can even replace their own front porch light fixture with instructions from Homedit as long as they choose a light that fits the existing mounting location.
When deciding whether to hire a job out or do it yourself, consider both the skills and the equipment it requires. Not every landscaping job can be done with a pair of garden gloves and a shovel, and the cost of buying or renting equipment can add up quickly. If a job requires specialized equipment, compare equipment costs with a quote from a landscaping company. If the difference is minimal, you’re better off hiring the job out and sparing yourself the hassle.
Great curb appeal does more than help sell your home. A beautiful yard puts a smile on your face every time you come home and inspires neighbors to beautify their own yards for a more welcoming neighborhood. Instead of waiting until you’re ready to sell to improve your home’s curb appeal, start upgrading your landscaping today. Your plants will have time to age into their full glory, and you’ll create a landscape you’re happy to come home to.
Clara Beaufort is a guest writer for Realty Navigator.
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