Nothing is as welcoming and refreshing as having a clean and well-manicured front lawn matched with a smooth and excellently paved driveway free from cracks and holes. If you treat your hair as your crowning glory, you can more or less say the same for your lawn and your driveway. Your home’s frontage says a lot about you and your property. It is what is typically called “curb appeal” so if you’re aiming to make a good and lasting impression on your guests and neighbors, then dress the part and dress your driveway!
There are a lot of ways to improve your home’s curb appeal and while others could be quite expensive, there are also other ways to make it better without shelling out too much of your hard-earned cash. And sometimes all it takes is a bit of a budget and loads of creativity!
Decorate your lawn
Nothing is as uninviting as a plain, old, boring, and untended lawn. If you’ve been letting weeds and leaves just fall off and cover your driveway, you know that it’s a mess out there and that’s terrible for your home’s curb appeal. But the good news is, you don’t really have to spend so much to pull it back from its sorry state.
Boost your home’s curb appeal by planting greens or flowers, or even putting out some plant boxes to add a pop of color or to accentuate key visual points of your home. You can hook up hanging plants or standing planters by the entryways or place plant boxes below the windows. The secret formula is in decorating it to complement your home’s exterior features.
Paint your door
To complete the whole ensemble, you would need a home feature to highlight. And one of the simplest things you can do is to make your front door an accent piece by painting it with bold colors that complements the whole decor. However, sometimes if you’re not a creative yourself, it’s easy to make the mistake of choosing the wrong color and so this is why we recommend deciding on a color palette first and looking at some swatches to make sure that you will be satisfied with the final output.
Do a mailbox makeover
If you’ve been using your mailbox for far too long and have fallen into disrepair with years and years of usage, then maybe it is time to replace it with a new one. It would be a really nice home project to do a mailbox makeover. Paint it or replace it with something else that is totally up to you. It wouldn’t cost you so much but trust us, it’s going to change your home’s exterior appearance.
Add some lights
Lights can greatly enhance a dark and dull entryway. If you don’t think it can then you might be underestimating what lights can do. Find outdoor lights to place around the edges of your driveway or on some key areas to bring focus to those focal points. Aside from lights instantly adding glamour to your home, it will also make it look brighter, cleaner, and more organized.
Clean your driveway
You would be doing yourself and your home an important favor just by simply taking the time to clean your driveway. Not only a messy driveway is an eyesore, but not maintaining regular cleanliness also takes years off your driveway’s life. When you neglect small stains and obstructions, you let these cause more damage to your pavement and in the long run, these small fissures and holes can cause bigger problems in the future that can eventually ruin the asphalt surface. In that case, resurfacing the asphalt driveway could be your only option.
Edge your driveway
Install edges on your driveway to frame it. Edging will create more layers of texture, color, and aesthetic appeal. Whether you want to mix and match some paving materials is up to you but you can use bricks, pavers, stone, or a combination of any of them to enhance the design of your driveway and improve your home’s curb appeal.
Perform repairs if necessary
It is much better if you fix troubled areas as soon as possible. Don’t let it fester or else, you might need to repave or worse, rebuild the whole structure. Perform a general assessment from time to time and make sure to do an asphalt driveway repair if necessary. Also, if the condition of your pavement is beyond you can manage, don’t hesitate to call for help from credible paving professionals.