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Great Golf Home Front Yard Improvements

Whether you plan on staying in your golf home for a while or are considering selling, you probably care about its curb appeal. The first encounter anyone who visits is the front yard, complete with all its colors and features. It sets the tone and theme, not only for the exterior, but also, the interior, expecting that what looks great outside only to get better. Conversely, it's also one of the single biggest turn-offs for buyers. They form an impression about a property within just 7 to 10 seconds. Which, can easily be negative, if the home is lacking in its landscaping.

The trick is finding the right balance, incorporating the right style. And, doing so in a way that's completely complementary to the home itself, without making it clash, and/or, turning it into a maintenance nightmare. We all want to take pride in our homes, and, that starts with the front yard. One understated fact is that the front yard generally loses-out to the back, precisely because of its lack of privacy. Also, it's the location with the least outdoor living space.

Don’t Make these Curb Appeal Mistakes

Because homeowners tend to put more emphasis and effort into their backyards, they do so at the expense of the front. Function likewise plays a very large role, since most entertaining and outdoor living occurs in the backyard. When the disparity is noticed, too many people rush to make a fix, but that leads to several mistakes -- chief among them is neglect. The paint begins to fade, the plants begin to crowd together. Plus, there's little to no defined space.

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to your house to add instant curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that nice and finished look in which you can take pride in. When deciding on how to add instant curb appeal to your house, make sure your consider what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it. Also, consider how much time you have to put into your home improvement project and what your budget is. --DIY Network

Boundaries, such as hedges can easily overgrow, making them look unkempt and shabby. Dull mulch, once brimming with bright color, now looks more like compacted compost. A mailbox that's dirty and grimy, set out in front of a yard, with a sidewalk partially overrun by weeds. Sadly topping it all off is outdated fixtures, which sabotage style and scream owner apathy. These don't bode well, so it's time for a change.

Great Front Yard Improvements

To make curb appeal pop, you can opt to reverse the things listed above. A new coat of exterior paint, some refreshing of mulch and plants, creating space between features to avoid crowding, and replacing old, dated fixtures for new ones. In addition to these, you can do one or more of the following to improve your home's curb appeal:

  • Install a small picket fence, or, add fence edging. The charm of a small, picket fence is something that's a great addition. You don't have to be resigned to wood, instead, opt for vinyl, which looks wonderful, is very durable, and easy to clean. Another idea is to install fence edging in front of hedges. Both create a visual boundary and add style.
  • Add more, strategically placed, outdoor lighting. This is actually one of the highest wants on buyers' wish lists. There's just something about the look of illuminated plants and trees, plus, it provides more security to the home. Don't go overboard with outdoor lighting, or it will look awkward.
  • Inspect downspouts and gutters. Both of these can be big time eyesores, especially when in a state of disrepair. A regular cleaning and replacement of damaged sections is always recommended. It not only improves the look of the exterior, but also, helps to protect your home from water damage and pest infestation.
  • Define borders and spread mulch. Sometimes, yard grass creeps into garden beds, it will look sloppy and unkempt. Draw a line that conforms with the curve and angles of your home, then, chip away the grass line. Fill that small trench line with colorful mulch to create a defined border for good measure.
  • Hang a new front door. A new steel front door might not seem exciting but it certainly performs well, bring a return of 98 percent on investment. It provides extra security and serves as the focal point.

Just like a new front door, which has a great return on investment, if you install a new garage door, you'll not only get a solid ROI at resale, you'll also add a whole new dimension to your curb appeal. All of this, not to mention, better function, improved safety, and a very nice accent for curb appeal.

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