The warm days of early spring generally serve as a motivating force to get people out of the house and into the yard. Spring cleaning can be exhilarating, and the results astounding. In a world where multi-tasking is the norm, it only seems fitting that spring cleaning be combined with improving your home’s general curb appeal.
Walk out your front door and continue walking until you reach the street or curb. Look up. Do you see leaves, twigs and other debris hanging from your gutter? If so, that’s a good place to begin your spring cleaning.
Examine your walkway and steps as you sweep them. Is it time to replace some cracked stepping stones or perhaps to install an entirely new walkway? Adding a handrail and porch railing can improve the appearance of your home.
Shrubs and trees that have grown out of control or look hopelessly misshapen should be trimmed to restore their attractiveness. Mulching under the shrubs and around flowers beds will also improve your home’s curb appeal. Opt for eco-friendly mulch material such as pine needles, straw, wood chips, gravel, river rocks or compost.
Spring cleaning the exterior of your home may include tasks such as power washing the siding, the deck, the garage or other outdoor structures. Painting can revive a lot of exterior features that look dingy or faded. Spruce up your mailbox and your house numbers — updated designs will make a difference.
Jump on board with the edible landscaping trend by planting some vegetables and fruit trees right in the midst of your flower garden. Add a trellis for climbing vegetables. Invest in some decorative containers and grow your own pizza garden or salsa garden as well as an herb and aromatic garden. Edible gardens are a frugal way to add color to your landscape.
Inspect any furniture you left outside during the winter. A good cleaning may not be enough to make it look attractive — in some cases, painting may be your best option. You may find that it is even necessary to buy new outdoor furniture. If so, consider choosing eco-friendly material options such as teak, or the more budget-friendly all-weather recyclable resin.
Garden art and fountains need a good cleaning in spring. Your garage door and front door should also look pristine, and a good cleaning may be all your exterior doors need. However, a fresh coat of paint or a new updated design to your doors could be the best way to improve your curb appeal.
While you’re at it, consider how a home protection plan from American Home Shield could potentially make your home more attractive to buyers.
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