Enhance Your Va. Beach Property with Curb Appeal
Your home—both the interior and exterior—make a statement about you. Just like you invest in the interior of your home, why not also invest in your exteriors?
In this blog post, you’ll learn about the importance of curb appeal, what makes your exteriors pop and how curb appeal is a necessity before you put your house on the market.
What’s the Big Deal with Curb Appeal?
Curb appeal is important because it’s your first impression to your neighborhood—as well as those who drive by—of you. People form an opinion of who you are by how you decorate your front porch and how well you maintain your front landscape.
You want your front door, porch, walkways, trim and other hardscapes to be freshly painted and in good condition.
Likewise, you want your front lawn to be weed-free, thick and green. Plus, you want your landscaped beds trimmed, colorful and well-maintained.
Your curb appeal also communicates to neighbors and visitors your friendliness. A well-kept front yard with visual interest, maybe a water feature and lots of colors shout, “Welcome!”
Some Curb Appeal Tips
There is a rhythm to creating a front yard look that expresses your unique bent as well as a friendly place to hang out. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Use native plants: Native plants are easy to care for, low maintenance, can handle Hampton Roads’ summers as well as they’re better at resisting disease. Some native plants to consider for their color and foliage include:
- Eastern red columbine
- Butterfly weed
- Joe-Pye weed varieties
- Cardinal flower
- Various lilies
- Crepe myrtle
- Dwarf azalea
- Deciduous trees, such as maples, oaks, and other varieties
- Dogwood varieties
- Eastern redbud
- Fringe trees
- Paw Paw varieties. Cardinal Flower
- Pop of color: There is such a wide variety of colors available that it’s hard to single one out. But warm hues, such as reds, oranges and yellows give your beds a burst of bright colors.
- Visual interest: You want your landscaped plants installed in clusters. Since people who drive by won’t see individual plants, you want to group your plants for visual interest. Consider different types of foliage, such as ferns and hostas, as well as flowering plants to provide texture, height and flow.
- Consider your home’s architecture and color scheme: Your home is the main focal point of your front yard. You need to match the design and style of your home as well as its color scheme.
- Porches: If a porch graces your front yard, use it to welcome people to your door. Add container plants, lighting and furniture—giving your porch a homey feel with just the right touches.
- Secondary hardscapes: Again, secondary hardscapes complement the home—not overshadow it. Your hardscapes could include a fountain or dry stream bed; walkways; arbors; benches and so much more.
- Welcoming front door: If your door is looking dull, brighten it up with a fresh coat of paint. Your front door should be inviting as well as the entryway’s focal point.
Curb Appeal Can Sell Your Home
If you’re getting ready to put your house on the market, don’t forget to spruce up your curb appeal.
According to Bob Villa, a well-done front yard increases your home’s value by 20%. Plus, it’s the first thing potential buyers see as they drive by your home for a first glance.
You can hire a landscape company to create borders, freshen up mulch and add hardscapes to attract buyers to your home. You should also ask your landscaper to prune overgrown shrubs and trees as well as any other work that will bring new life to your porch and yard.
If you’re staying put, still follow the above tips to revamp your front yard from boring to brilliant. Your new curb appeal will welcome all your guests—including your neighbors.
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Schmidt, Genevieve, “Front Yard Curb Appeal Ideas for Selling Your Home,” LandscapingNetwork.com.
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, “Native Plants for Southeast Virginia Including Hampton Roads Region.”