The time of year is changing, which means you need to start gearing up for the holidays. One way to get into the festive mood is by making some changes around your home. These minor improvements will not only make your house more welcoming during this holiday season, but they can also help increase curb appeal and improve your property value. Check out these four quick tips below that will give you an idea of what seasonal improvements are best for each month of the year.
Plant seasonal plants in your yard to give the area an instant makeover. Planting annuals is a fun way to change up colors and add life, while perennials can create beautiful displays at their peak times of the year. Make sure you pick plants that won't grow too big or compete with each other.
You want them to complement each other and the yard, not take over. You can borrow a leaf from STC and learn how to let every plant shine but still contribute to the overall beauty of your garden.
Sweep your driveway, sidewalks, and porch before winter sets in. You'll be surprised at the amount of salt in your home's exterior. Wash down exposed surfaces with a garden hose and mild detergent, or put on rubber gloves for more demanding scrubbing jobs.
Be sure to rinse everything thoroughly before the weather gets cold, and remember that salt may still be present. Allow time to dry completely if you plan on painting soon. Another thing to look out for is mildew. If you notice any dark spots on the siding, don’t worry, they should disappear after a good cleaning and some fresh air and probably won’t require repainting.
Many homeowners choose bold, bright colors when it comes time for their annual curb appeal improvements, such as painting the front door. If you want to add some pizzazz and excitement, opt for red or blue doors, which will show right away that this house is different from the others on the street. Paint your porch pillars in a contrasting color to make them pop, or choose one shade of paint for everything and keep it soft and subtle.
If you're looking for something that will attract attention but is still relatively simple, why not consider painting your porch pillars? You can use either two different shades of paint or contrasting colors, such as a light color at the bottom and a darker shade at the top. You can also use a stencil to add some flair and design to the pillars.
In addition to the front door, windows are another great place to add some color. You can choose one color for all of your window panes or match colors with your exterior paint choice. The sky's the limit when it comes to decorating windows, and there is no wrong answer. It will be up to you what style fits best in your home.
There are many ways to update your furniture on a budget, like cleaning the benches and repainting them in bright colors if needed. A new coat of paint will make any bench look brand new again.
If you have some extra cushions, change them out for new ones that match your home's exterior. Finally, line the benches with pillows. It is a great way to update bench seating and have some extra pillows for your guests if they need them.
The best time to do all of these things is now. You won't need as many hours for preparation or get caught up in the craziness that happens at the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Make sure your home is ready for its close-up with these DIY tips and tricks to spruce up your curb appeal.