Spring is here and for many of us that means we can finally start to spend some more time outside. Gone are the months where we’re stuck inside – now is the time for outdoor walks, parties, and reading in the sun. If you want to make the most out of the nice weather, you should spend some time fixing up the outside of your home. This will encourage you to spend more time out there, and you’ll enjoy the time when you do. To improve your home and yard this Spring, here’s what you need to do.
Give it a Good Cleaning
The first thing you’ll want to do is give the outside of your home a good cleaning. This involves two things. To start, just go around the yard and pick up any loose debris, or put things away that you may have lying around. Maybe you have some old gardening tools lying around outside, or a few scraps of paper flew out of your garbage can. Take a quick walk around the home and get this easy stuff done first.
After that, consider washing the house itself. Over time homes can build up dirt on the outside of the home, and it happens so gradually that you might not even notice it. Now is a great time to rent a pressure washer or hire some pressure washing services to give your home a thorough cleaning.
Perform Some Basic Landscaping
Next up, you’ll want to do some basic landscaping around the yard. Mow the lawn if you need to, trim back some of your bushes, remove any dead plants still sitting around from the Summer before, etc. Do all those little things you normally need to do to keep your yard and home looking nice. You don’t have to go crazy, just some simple landscaping to get you started.
Improve Your Outdoor Area
With the outside of your home starting to look a little nicer, you’ll probably be eager to start spending some more time there. To make this time more enjoyable, you should work on improving your outdoor areas. For instance, you could install a patio that will give you a flat place to set up furniture. Or you could add new some comfortable chairs to your deck. If you don’t have a specific spot to hang outside your home, you’ll want to add one. If you do have one, look for ways that you can spruce it up and make it more enjoyable.
More Advanced Landscaping
The next thing you can think about is doing some more advanced landscaping. For example, you could plant a garden, shape your bushes in a certain way, or even plant some trees. This is where you really take the landscaping of your yard to a new level. There are plenty of things you can do to a yard to make it nicer, but sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. If you need some help, check out these great landscaping ideas and see if there’s anything you’d like to do in your own yard.
Add in a Water Feature
A great way to fix up the outside of your home is by adding in a water feature. Water features are great at making areas more relaxing and add a unique element to your yard. For instance, you could add in a small backyard pond relatively easily. Or if you want to go further, you could add in a fountain or waterfall to this pond, or even some fish. If a pond is too big of a job for you, even something simple like a bird bath will help spruce up your yard.
Fix Up Your Sidewalks and Driveway
Finally, you should take a close look at your sidewalks and driveway to see if they need some fixing. Over time sidewalks and driveways can become cracked or faded and replacing them will go a long way towards improving the outside of your home. These are typically expensive jobs however, so it’ll really depend on your budget and their current condition. But, if you do decide to replace them, you’ll likely be amazed at how much of a difference the final product makes to the outside appeal of your home.
Start Small and Work Your Way Up
To spruce up the outside of your home this Spring, you should start small and work your way up. Start with the simple tasks like cleaning up and pressure washing your home, then work up to larger projects like adding in a pond or replacing a sidewalk. This will help you to stay within your budget, and you can start enjoying your outdoor space even while you plan your larger project goals.