First impressions matter. You know to make sure you look your best before that first date, big meeting or job interview. First impressions extend just beyond our personal appearance. They also include the things we own like our car and our home. The first time someone sees your home, they form a first impression, with the first things they see on the exterior. Here are a few things you can do to the front of your home this summer that will ensure the first impression is the right one. Most of these tasks can be accomplished alone in the space of an afternoon or weekend.
Over the winter, flowerbeds can become overgrown and filled with weeds. Grab your rake and garden gloves and clear away all the old leaves and weeds. Once you have a clean area to work with, plant some attractive perennials around the porch area. It is also a good idea to lay down a clean, fresh layer of mulch such as pine bark or straw to keep the weeds at bay throughout the summer.
Our eyes often see things without us realizing it, and mud stains along the base of the house, along the edges of the sidewalk and downspouts can be tricky little spots to notice. If you see them every day, you may not even know they are there, but a first time visitor will notice. Use a pressure washer to remove these stains. You can rent a pressure washer from any home and garden store for a modest fee. Be careful around windows and wash them later by hand.
Symmetry and straight lines are never out of season, and over the course of the winter and spring, weeds and grass can overgrow the edges of your sidewalk and curb. Use an edger to trim back the overgrown spaces. If you don’t have an edger, you can use a standard weed eater as an edger by turning it on its side.
Overgrown hedges and trees look sloppy and uncared for. Correct the problem with a pair of hedge clippers and pruning shears. Take an afternoon and trim back your trees and shape up your hedges.
Along with washing the exterior of your house, use that pressure washer to clean off your porch and sidewalks. Also take time to clean out any leaves and other trash from your gutters or hire a company to do so. A Colorado seamless gutters professional tells us, clogged gutters are unsightly and could lead to damage to your house.
Getting your home ready for summer does not require a large investment of time or money. You can do it all yourself. And it’s time to get out in the sunshine.