Curb appeal can have an enormous impact on the value of your home as well as increase your pride in the appearance of your home. There are many things you can do on a modest budget to make your home stand out. These can range from simple landscaping changes to creating entire outdoor living spaces for entertaining or adding retractable awnings to secure your house from unpredictable weather changes. There are literally endless ideas for outdoor spaces that you can incorporate into your yard and home. 


Sprucing up, cleaning up and planning your look

One of the most effective and cost-efficient things you can do to improve the value of your home is to improve the landscaping around your home. Many people will focus on the front of the house, but creating a unified look for your entire property gives your home a complete theme and improves the overall impression your home makes. Using mulch to make planting beds is a low-cost way of giving your yard a manicured look. Make sure that your mulch layer is at least 4 inches thick to help keep weeds at bay. When planting in these beds, you should use a variety of plants that will offer beauty throughout the year, season to season. Additionally, you can consider well-placed lighting to highlight your landscaping at night.


Adding functionality on a budget

Another idea to consider when improving your home is the addition of protected areas around your home. You could add things like a deck, a pergola or outdoor awnings to make entertaining outdoors more enjoyable. An option would be building a carport to protect your vehicle in all kinds of weather and improve your comfort when coming and going. A carport will shade your vehicle from the hot summer sun and will keep most of the rain out to help you stay dry. Many times a carport is built with enclosed storage as well, furthering the functionality and helping to reduce the clutter at the same time. Building a carport gives you several of the benefits of a garage, but at a lower cost with additional versatility.


Create a Unique space for your outdoor enjoyment

Depending on your budget, there are multiple outdoors design ideas that can be incorporated into your yard. Adding a patio or using a pergola to create a shaded area is just a couple of ideas. You may want to consider building an outdoor kitchen if you enjoy cooking, barbequing and entertaining. Things like fire pits and trellis’ can add to the ambience of the space. Depending on the amount of space you have, you may also consider installing a sports court or at least having an unobstructed area of lawn to use for games such as croquet or bocce.


Every effort can make a difference

Whether your budget is modest or unlimited, there are always things that you can do to improve the look of your home. Even small changes can make a big difference. Taking the time to put a crisp edge along your sidewalk or driveway will make a dramatic impact. Get started with your next project and make your house a stand out in the neighbourhood. It is always a good time to improve your home.


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