The phrase “Don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply to the real estate world. From the first day of your purchase, your home will be judged on how it looks from the outside, regardless of how much time and money you spend decorating the inside. In addition, a home’s outward appearance affects its overall property value. Therefore, as a new homeowner, it is in your best interest to ensure your home’s exterior is as beautiful and welcoming as it can be.
One of the easiest ways to improve the outward appearance of your home is to enhance your front yard. Here are three tips to transform your home’s public display into something all your neighbors at Arcadia Ridge will be talking about.
1. Tend your front lawn.
One of the main characteristics of your front yard is the natural greenery. This includes shrubs, trees, flowers, and the lawn grass. When left untended, the plants can grow out of control and contribute to a cluttered appearance. Worse, they may wither and die, leaving behind remains that must be removed. In order to prevent this, ensure your plants are in appropriate soil, treated if they become infected with diseases or parasites, and properly trimmed and watered regularly. Always mow your lawn, and be sure not to overwater or over-fertilize the grass.
2. Invest in select trees and shrubs.
An average homeowner tends to their front lawn when needed and nothing more. A smart, observant homeowner seeking to impress guests takes extra time to plan out the natural beauty of their yard. You can do this by studying your yard with an analytical eye. Carefully note its shape, size, and terrain, then invest in trees and shrubs that capitalize on the existing attributes.
Arcadia Ridge is situated on a nature’s paradise with indigenous flora surrounding each of our villages, providing impressive landscaping for each of our homes. Capitalize on the surrounding landscaping by selecting the appropriate plants for your front lawn to give off a natural, well-established appeal.
3. Decorate – in moderation.
Many people have a well-tended front yard; complete with freshly cut grass, shady trees, and an assortment of flowers. If you want your front lawn to be truly your own, consider investing in front lawn decor. Your local home improvement store likely offers a wide variety of choices, ranging from sculptures, fountains, lighting, bird feeders, and more.
The options are endless, and how you mix and match is entirely up to you. However, it is important to keep in mind not to over decorate. Too much decor in your front yard can steal away the clean, simple, and bold look. You want your guests to be able to fully absorb and appreciate your work, without the distractions of too much decor.
Investing in select plants and trees, decorating in moderation, and maintaining general lawn upkeep will help transform your front yard into a creation that will awe your neighbors. For more information about adjusting to your new home and caring for your lawn, contact Arcadia Ridge and check out Central Texas Landscapes.