Start with your landscaping. More often than not, upgrading your landscaping can often be accomplished by simply downsizing your plantings. Trim all the hedges well below the window levels. Remove low hanging branches from trees. This will allow more light, better chances for grass to grow, and more visibility of the home itself. Clear all branches and debris from the yard and beds under the shrubs. Borrow a power washer and clean the sidewalk, steps and front porch. At this point you’ve probably made a huge impact and have yet to spend a dime.
Take stock of the front door, shutters and gutters. Reattach any loose gutters and power-wash them with bleach. Depending on the color of your brick or siding, select a complimentary paint color a few shades darker to repaint the front door and shutters. This will make a huge difference. To make the front entry more inviting, purchase a new door mat, mail box, house numbers and porch light fixture. These last items can be purchased inexpensively at a big box home store. However, if you don’t have any wiring in place for your porch, you may wish to call an electrician like Red Star Electric (https://redstarelectricny.com/service-areas/rye/) out to get that sorted so you can add your chosen fixture. While there, purchase a flat of season bedding flowers and add a splash of color in a bed close to the sidewalk as well as a pot of flowers on the front porch. Remember, less is more with flower. Two or three areas with fresh flowers will draw the eye, soften the exterior and make the home inviting. Too many, and your inviting a maintenance head ache.
Follow these steps and your home will welcome you each time you pull up. Enjoy!