Many homeowners think, and rightly so, that making home improvements will increase the value of their homes. But did you know that your home’s curb appeal can benefit, and even make a better first impression, when the landscape is given a fresh “facelift”? Enhancing with curb appeal at your Philadelphia residence is a necessary home upgrade, fairly simple in process, and often a financially savvy way to add value to your property.
If you consider your property as an extension of your house, and want to make your home as marketable as possible, explore some simple yet highly effective ways to spruce things up a bit out of doors:
- Basic yard and garden maintenance – A scrutinizing look at your home from the curb should provide a number of places to start – things that may require only some time and elbow grease. Such improvements might include scrubbing mildewy surfaces, cleaning flower beds of spent blooms, dead leaves and other plant debris, trimming trees or shrubs, etc.
- Repair or replace – An occasional antiqued or dilapidated feature may serve as a tastefully quaint piece of yard art. But generally speaking, another way to add instant curb appeal at your Philadelphia residence involves repairing or replacing broken or weathered items. This can really enhance the lawn’s overall appearance. Recipients of such upgrades might be mailboxes, doors, gates, outdoor fixtures, and similar things.
- Night lighting – A too often forgotten part of the day when it comes to the outdoors, evening and night hours provide the perfect time to enjoy a different dimension of your landscape. Who says nighttime has to be dark? Enjoy the addition of some soft ambiance and extend your time in nature. Position low lights along pathways, a lamp post or intriguing light fixtures around outdoor seating and entryways to give your lawn and garden a distinctive flair that is fit for night life.
- Hardscape elements – BHG.com suggests the use of hardscape elements to, “… help design a landscape for curb appeal. A deep sidewalk, for example, offers an opportunity for a wider flowerbed as accent. A bench provides a place for a gathering of shrubs and perennials. Think about what’s there (or what could be added) and how to spotlight it.”
In 2015 Aardweg Landscaping of Newtown Square, PA received both the “Best Of Houzz” 2015 award for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, and the exclusive “Recommended” badge for top rated professionals on Houzz.