First impressions are critical and the curb appeal of your home is the first impression everyone gets. For curb appeal, there are two major components; landscaping and lighting. In the past, you would see elegant outdoor lighting on homes that generally were 3000 sq ft and up. As we observe consumer behavior, we’re seeing a trend where homeowners are really sprucing up their landscaping without breaking the bank. Of course it depends on how big your property is and how much you want to renovate, but in general, you can make a big impact for as little as $1500.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Take care of small tasks like weeding, mowing the lawn, or cleaning out the storage closet
- Start planning and executing the larger tasks such as painting, remodeling or other aesthetic repairs
- Haul any trash that you were “going to get around to”
- Clear the clutter – hide belongings that might otherwise mask the greatness of your property
For the landscaping aspect, adding great looking bushes, shrubs and pavers to a pathway make a difference! Additionally, installing outdoor lighting that isn’t your ordinary post and wall mount light just makes the landscaping really standout. For example, outdoor path lighting and outdoor spot lighting really adds to the appeal. Keep in mind that adding new smaller bushes and shrubs also make your home appear newer. When night approaches you can truly appreciate the beautiful curb appeal created.
To start your renovations, it’s great to know that the days of spending the entire weekend making trips to a few local stores to find the best deals on the items you needed are gone! Online shopping really has its advantages when comparing prices from unlimited retailers across the country that also offer free shipping (and sometimes no sales tax). Most consumers don’t know that when shopping online, purchasing from a smaller retailer (non-big box, Amazon, Walmart, etc) has its privileges. Two important privileges are: Personalized service; you can actually speak to a live and knowledgeable representative ready to assist with your needs and 2) Better pricing thru promotions and discounts.
For instance, you can purchase pavers for as low as $1.75 sq ft from http://landscapeliquidator.com and create an elegant walkway that adds a wow factor. Bushes and Shrubs can be purchased relatively inexpensive at http://www.naterehills.com where they offer lower pricing on additional bushes purchased! EliteFixtures.com is always running promotions on lighting and home décor and specifically on outdoor lighting. For savings of 50% or more on closeout items, you can visit our outdoor lighting sales. Additionally, if there are no promotions on the item you desire, call us direct and we will generally provide a discount!
Start outlining your plans on sprucing up your curb appeal. Be sure to price shop online and call retailers for discounts. You’ll be amazed at the savings and more amazed at the new look you’ve created for very little money! With these small upgrades, you’ll have curb appeal day and night!