The exterior of your home either improves upon or detracts from its appearance and equally affects the value of your home. In fact, the value of your home can also affect the value of the others homes on your street and in your neighborhood, so keeping your home well-maintained benefits you and your neighborhood community. There are many ways you can improve the appearance of your home's exterior, but here are two ways you can make a big impact on your home's appearance.
Install a Paved Driveway
A majority of the ground surface in front of your home may likely include a paved surface, such as a driveway, RV parking pad, or front walkway. If you are currently maintaining a dirt parking area, asphalt can give your property a mud- and dust-free environment. Updating an existing gravel parking area to asphalt can maintain the usefulness of the parking area, provide a uniform appearance, and improve your home's value. And if you live in a climate that receives snow, asphalt is easier to clear snow from than a dirt or gravel surface, and the black color helps melt snow and ice.
Talk to a local asphalt paving company about a bid on the work for paving your parking area. Asphalt provides a flexible but durable surface without the cost of installing concrete.
Once installed, maintenance to your asphalt consists of filling any cracks, and application of a sealcoating layer to restore moisture to the asphalt. Both of these maintenance tasks can be performed by your asphalt professional.
Improve Your Lawn
Another large percentage of your front yard may be covered in a lawn, which makes an attractive landscape and also helps lower the temperature of your yard and your home's interior during the summer. A front lawn that is unkempt, or full of weeds and crab grass, can detract from your home's exterior, and will cause weed seeds to spread to your neighbor's lawns.
Talk to and hire a professional landscaping company about eliminating the weeds and fertilizing your lawn for healthier growth to help fight future weeds. Professional services to aerate and thatch your lawn in the spring or the fall will also help the soil and your lawn's roots absorb more nutrients to boost its health.
You can also work on improving your lawn's condition with a do-it-yourself treatment. You can find many lawn fertilizer application products to help achieve a healthier lawn and, as a result, can improve the look of your home.