Looking for some quick tips to increase your home's curb appeal? Whether you're selling your home and want to make a great first impression on buyers, or you just want to give your home a little facelift, follow one or more of the landscaping tips below to instantly improve your home's curb appeal.
Flower boxes: Installing flower boxes is a quick and easy DIY project and they can be purchased at most home and garden stores. Attach flower boxes underneath exterior windows or to porch railings. Make sure there are holes in the bottom of the boxes (if not, drill holes yourself) for good drainage and consider lining wooden boxes with a plastic liner (or even plastic wrap) to prevent rot. Add soil, your favorite flowers (don't forget to consider sun and shade requirements when choosing flowers) and water and you’ll have INSTANT curb appeal. Flower boxes can look pretty in the fall and winter months too! In the fall, consider adding mums to your boxes. In the winter months, replace your flowers with trimmed holiday tree branches (or your favorite greenery such as evergreen or garland), some holly berries, pine cones, twigs, and even some ornaments or bows. Click here to see more flower box ideas.
Go for the border; Do you have a flower bed or a bed with shrubs or other plantings along the front of your home? Install a border around the edges of your beds. Borders not only enhance the beauty of your plantings, but they also help keep soil and mulch in your beds and keep your lawn from encroaching on your beds. With a little prep and elbow grease, most can be installed in one day. As we wrote in our last post, borders come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials, including bricks, pavers, timbers, rocks and more. For tips on how to install borders, click here.
Flower containers: One of the easiest ways to boost your curb appeal is by setting beautifully arranged flower pots, baskets, vintage or distressed wooden boxes, pretty tin buckets, old but pretty watering cans, barrels - you get the idea - near your entry way, on your front porch or stoop, along paths or steps, to dress up an empty space or wall, or in another location where they can provide the most visual interest. Click here and here for some ideas on how to arrange pots in different locations. Aren't sure how to arrange or plant flowers in your pots? Click here for some beginner tips to keep your potted flowers thriving all season long.
Bonus tip: If you're pressed for time and want an instant pop to your curb appeal without breaking a sweat, buy a pre-arranged flower basket or two and hang them on your front porch or buy a stand with a hook and hang them. Another option is to buy a pretty flower wreath (like one of these) for your front door.
Good luck and if you have any other ideas, share them in the comments!