When it comes to selling your home, many real estate agents will encourage you to spruce up your paint and plant fresh flowers. If you read about the importance of curb appeal, many writers will tell you that buyers will make up their mind on a house before they set one foot in the door. Why is that? It all comes down to curb appeal. Now, you may not be wanting to sell, but don’t you want to have the most awesome home on the block? In this blog, we are going to highlight a few sure-fire ways to do that!
1.) Evaluate your grass
Your grass can make a big difference! A little bit of fertilizer and new seed can go a long way – and spring is the time to do it!
2.) Plant fresh flowers and plants
Many people think that once you have done some landscape, that you are good to go – pretty much forever. Just like with anything else, plants need to be ripped out, and new ones need to be planted. Some will get too big for the space and others will become too “stocky”. Being able to evaluate plants with a fresh eye and being okay with ripping out ones that are no longer appropriate will keep your landscape looking fresh.
3.) A fresh coat of paint on the trim
We are always amazed a how a little paint can go a long way! If the front of your home is looking a bit drab, then we recommend breaking out the sandpaper and heading down to Home Depot or Lowes for some paint. A good hard weekend worth of prep and paint and you will be amazed at the difference!
How could we possibly mention updating the exterior without talking about pavers? If pavers are in the budget – adding a new paver driveway is a surefire way to add curb appeal!
We’ve all done it…
Imagine this. After a long day, you finally pulled the car into the driveway, ran into the house, fed the kids, cleaned the house, did the laundry, the dishes and gone to bed only to remember at 2am that the car was leaking oil that morning. And yep, you parked that car right on top of your gorgeous paver driveway. (I am most definitely not sharing a true to life personally story) Normally with concrete or any other type of hardscape surface, this could launch any self-respecting homeowner into a fit of panic. Normally you would race to find your bathroom, keys, baking soda, or anything else that might fix the mess and pray that despite the dark hour that you could scrub out the oil before it fully penetrates your concrete driveway. But instead, you remember that you have beautiful pavers… And additionally, you have extra beautiful pavers stacked on the side of your house for just such an emergency – so you roll over and go back to sleep.
How is this possible?
Well, unlike other types of hardscape (namely concrete or asphalt), pavers aren’t glued down or set in concrete. So if one becomes damaged, all you have to do is literally pop it out and replace it with another. It’s a simple fix and one that will keep your driveway looking clean, fresh and beautiful for years to come!
You’ve heard the expression, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression.” Well, the same goes for your home. Within seconds of pulling up to your home, your guests and friends will have an impression of what your home is like. Think about your own home for a moment, what would be the first three words that would come to mind if you were seeing your home for the first time? Would words like manicured, maintained, be what you think of? Or would terms like outdated and sloppy be more likely?
While there are lots of things that you can do to update the curb appeal of your home, few things add as much visual impact as a gorgeous paver pathway. To illustrate our point, here are a few images.
While having beautiful and manicured landscape absolutely helps – we think that the main show stopper is this gorgeous paver path. We love the colors that it infuses into the space – something that concrete could never do.
If you are thinking about giving the pathway to your home a facelift, we’d love to meet with you. No matter your personal style or taste, there is a paver to suit to match it.
If you have looked over our website, then you know how much we love the beauty of pavers. Few materials can give a space as much color, texture and style as pavers. One of our favorite uses for pavers is for planters. This may come as a surprise to many as pavers are commonly used for pathways and driveways. But, if you have ever seen a planter made out of pavers – you will understand exactly what we are talking about!
This is a great illustration of how simple adding pavers to a planter can be – but take a look at the visual impact! This walkway would seem incomplete and unfinished if the pavers didn’t outline the planter.
While these paver planters are a bit more complex than the one above, take a look at how the beautiful curves completely soften the look of this space. In addition, it adds a stunning element of visual interest that could not have been achieved otherwise.
This is a more common style of paver planter wall. Not only is this paver planter functional, but it adds tremendous beauty to this walkway. Visualize for a moment your home. What kind of curb appeal does it have? Chances are no matter what it is, it could be enhanced by beautiful planters and stunning pavers.
At Legacy Pavers we have built a reputation for being honest and also for the quality of our work. If you are considering adding to or changing the hardscape of your home, we would love to meet with you to discuss your project.