If you’re getting ready to put your home on the market (or if it’s already listed), then you’re probably well aware of the concept of curb appeal — or how your home looks on the outside to prospective buyers from the street. There are tons of easy ways to beautify your home’s exterior, and plenty of them don’t require costly hired help or expensive materials. Here’s a list of landscaping projects that you can do yourself to improve the look of your property — and potentially increase your home’s value when it comes time to sell.
1. Build a Deck or Patio
Everyone loves a place to kick back and relax outside of the house, so if you don’t already have a deck or patio it might be time to consider building one. A home’s deck or patio may also be an amenity that some homebuyers consider a big selling point because it extends the living area of the home to an appealing outdoor space.
2. Add or Tend to Flower Beds
Putting in a flower bed or two could do wonders for your outdoor aesthetic. And if you already have them, planting fresh, seasonal flora can add depth, color, and texture to your landscaping. The result? Your home will look and feel brighter and more inviting.
3. Get Back to Basics
Give your yard a basic makeover versus a full-blown overhaul with small improvements that can make a big difference — which are also less time consuming and less costly. Identify a few small things that you may be lacking outside, like paved walkway or small shrubs that could be easy to install or plant. You might find that a little yard work can go a long way, and updating or replacing a few accents can make your exterior space look much more welcoming.
4. Maintain the Lawn
Proper lawn maintenance is crucial to the overall outdoor look and feel of your home. It could also make a world of difference if you’re trying to sell, so simple things like cutting the grass, fertilizing, aerating, weeding, raking, and watering should be done on a regular basis to keep the lawn looking healthy. Your lawn is likely to be one of the first things a potential buyer will notice when viewing your house, so make sure it makes a good first impression.
5. Add Clever Cover-Ups
If your yard has problem areas or stubborn spots where weeds grow but grass doesn’t, elements like rock gardens can be a great way to improve the look of your outdoor space without putting in time and maintenance that plants require. Place a burlap or plastic underlayer over the ground and build up from there, using natural rocks, decorative stones, and cacti or succulents. As a bonus, you’ll be adding to the beauty of your lawn while also cutting down on the cost of watering grass and plants!