Does the front of your home need a makeover?

Webster’s Dictionary defines curb appeal as “the visual attractiveness of your house as seen from the street”.  We all know the old saying that you only get one chance to make a first impression.  Well not only does that apply to our daily lives but it also applies to your home – whether you are having guests over for a holiday party or summer bbq or if you are selling your home and want that “wow” effect that will entice prospective buyers to wonder what is behind the front door.  Landscaping and hardscaping can make or break a home’s curb appeal and managing your shrubs and beds can lead to an effective facelift for your home.

No matter how inviting you find your climbing ivy or how much you adore your 10 year old azalea plants, remember that to someone visiting your home too much green can seem unruly and make your beds appear to be in disarray.  Oftentimes, some careful pruning can make a world of difference.  Shrubs that are overgrown to the point where they cover windows or have branches that overhang your front walk can visually appear to eat the house and become an obstacle course to guests trying to get to your front door. 

Don’t allow old, dead or dying plants to haunt your landscape.

Dead and dying shrubs are curb appeal killers and no matter how well the other plants appear, that single brown, sad-looking shrub will be the first thing guests notice.  Removing that plant and replacing it with a new shrub, perennial or flat of annuals will not only fill the void but will also add new color, texture and interest to your bed.  In fact, seasonal plantings of various annuals is a very inexpensive way to spice up even the oldest planting designs and these can be changed out during the growing season to ensure color and interest all season long. 

Along with some careful pruning and removal of dead plant material, weeding, edging and mulching your beds can create a fresh new look to the front of your home.  New mulch can add an instant facelift as well as be beneficial to your trees and shrubs.  A sharp new hand-cut edge will help define your beds and create that visual border between your front lawn and your plant beds. 

Hardscaping can also transform the front of your home.

It might not be the first thing you see from the street, but cracked or damaged walkway will take away from the look of the house and can also be a safety hazard.  An inviting new paver walk from the driveway, sidewalk or road to your front door can add value and beauty that will last a lifetime.  And adding a border of flowers or row of hedges helps create that inviting entrance that directs visitors to your home’s entrance. 

So if the front of your home appears old and tired and hasn’t been rejuvenated in a number of years, maybe it’s time to think about a new plan for your home.  Early spring is a great time to renew your home’s curb appeal so contact us and we can come up with a plan that fits your budget and needs to give your home that makeover it’s been waiting for.