If you were to drive by the front of your home to assess its innate beauty, would you find a residential property that is visually exciting? Does it have curb appeal? From a buyer's perspective, does your home stand out from all the others on the market? Does it create a great first impression as you drive up? If not, you may be at a disadvantage in the real estate market. Whether you intend to sell your house soon or years from now, the curbside appeal is the first thing a potential buyer will assess your house by. Creating a dramatic landscape for your home is not only a good investment; it gives you a visual feast every time you arrive home from work.
Is your yard in need of new landscaping ideas? Whether you are looking to add a touch of sophistication to your home for your own enjoyment that only the most experienced of landscaping companies can achieve…or are looking to increase your property's resale value…having a landscape that impresses people and draws them in is the first step in creating curb appeal. A well designed landscape design will add stunning beauty and resale value to your home. In order to transform the appearance of your front yard, here are some affordable landscaping ideas that can dramatically improve curb appeal.
Assess the Daytime Curb Appeal
The quality of your lawn should be uniform in appearance, and freshly mowed with no dead spots. Do a good spring cleaning to remove all debris, raking up any accumulated leaves, pulling weeds and applying the spring treatment of "weed and feed." Edge the sidewalks and trim the bushes and shrubs. Put down fresh mulch in the beds and freshen and sculpt your existing flowerbeds to complement the colors of your home. If need be, power wash the sidewalk leading to your home as well as the driveway and/or siding. Ensure that no tree limbs are touching your roof or house and there are no overgrown hedges close to the house. Put away any unnecessary garden tools, and arrange the garden hoses in an attractive manner.
An additional landscaping idea would be to place ornate planters at the front door and have them brimming with a fresh assortment of colorful flowers to greet your guests. You could add a young deciduous tree to a flowerbed for maximum eye appeal as well as providing shade for the summer months. A combination of a well-maintained lawn and visually exciting flowers should complement the appearance of the front of your house.
Now, Assess the Nighttime Curb Appeal
One quick way to showcase the daytime work that you have put in is to tastefully add low voltage lighting along your sidewalks and other important landscaping features. Solar lamps discreetly placed along your driveway will guide the eye toward the house in particular. Adding a decorative street lamp or porch light will increase the allure of your home! For that final touch, you could ensure that the lighting that is visible through your front doors and windows also complements the natural beauty of your home. Whether it’s Path Lighting, Up Lighting, or Down Lighting, Aardweg Landscaping can work with you to come up with a design that will really enhance the curb appeal of your home, and we’ll also handle the installation for you.
Completing as many simple, low-cost landscaping ideas and improvements in the course of days or gradually over the next month is well worth the time investment before you turn to the landscape designer to create an appealing landscape design for your home. There can be no doubt that the curb appeal of your home will be greatly increased by a beautiful landscape – for you, for potential buyers and your neighbors as well. A combination of a well-maintained lawn, flowers, shrubs and trees will not only work wonders in making your home a pleasure in which to live, but also a feast for the eyes!
If you would like to discuss potential for your yard with one of Philadelphia and the Main Line’s most reputable landscape companies – someone who really knows Main Line communities like Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Gladwyne, Haverford, Villanova and Wayne – call Aardweg Landscaping at 610-355-0703, or email us using our Contact web form, for a free consultation!