Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions, only to break them before January is even over and it tends to boil down to the fact that too many people choose goals that were too vague to begin with and had even more vague outcomes, or they didn’t have their heart set on attaining it anyway. So this year, why not make a New Year’s resolution that will have a concrete outcome and have a lasting effect throughout the year, like improving your home’s curb appeal?
Paint and Lighting
Improving the curb appeal of your home does not have to turn into a complete overhaul of your front yard. Start closer to the house and work your way outwards to get yourself in the mood of updating things, like painting your front door a new color, or replacing the outdated door fixtures with something more modern. The benefit of Christmas and New Year’s being so close together is that if you end up in a hardware store for some Christmas shopping, you can head on over to the paint section and pick out a few chips that you think might look nice as the new focal point of your home. Have you been considering replacing the lighting on the front porch? Take a walk by the lighting section on your way to the check out. You can begin to make note of things that you know will make your home look brand new with minimal effort and time.
Winter is a good time to trim your trees and shrubs, as it will help them grow more healthy leaves and branches when spring arrives. If you live in areas of the country with milder winters, this task can be done at nearly any time of the season. In areas where the winters are more severe, this is a task best done before winter truly sets in, or just as it’s beginning to ease off. Either way, come spring time, your healthy, fully blooming shrubs and trees will add a tremendous amount of curb appeal to your home.
Now that you’ve made it to your garden, don’t forget to mulch your gardens once the winter sets in. Whether you prefer flowers or shrubs in your gardens, they will mostly withdraw during the winter months, but putting mulch down before the soil begins to freeze will keep the roots of the plants warmer and will give you a much richer soil to work with in the spring. Winter is also a great time to repair or build any raised planters that you may have on your property, before any of your plants come back for the spring or to line any flower beds to help keep the weeds out. Doing these things when the plants are dormant makes the overall tasks far easier than they would be if you wait for spring.
There are many reasons to improve your home’s curb appeal: you want to sell your home, you have a home owner’s association monitoring your yard, or for personal enjoyment; you deserve to live in a beautiful home. Should you decide that you’d like to improve your curb appeal in the new year, and are unsure of where to begin, call Liberty Builders. We are always happy to help you with your home improvement projects.