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5 Bright Ideas to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Front Yard

Posted by: Samuel Hirshfield on November 21, 2013

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Many people think about how to increase curb appeal when they’re in the process of selling their home. They know that if they enhance their home, they can impact the first impression of potential buyers and send the message that a home that's well cared for on the outside is probably well maintained on the inside as well.

But who says you have to have a For Sale sign in your front yard to seek ways to improve curb appeal? If you believe in the idea that your home is your refuge, then you also want to beautify your home and make it more inviting to visitors. 

1. Arbors

Arbors, so often relegated to side and back yards, can make graceful and charming entrances to front yards, too. Even better? You can use vines, evergreens and flowers to decorate the arbor and change the scene with the season.  

2. Water features

Water features also deserve to come front and center. They can create a soothing mood for guests and residents alike while simultaneously accentuating a home's architecture.

3. Gates and fences

Fencing can provide a bit of privacy while creating a connectivity between your home and yard. Think in terms of short fences—say, nothing more than 4 feet tall—so you convey an air of friendliness.   


4. Retaining walls

Walls, especially those that supply a gentle down-sloping effect, can frame your home and the surrounding landscaping like few other front yard enhancements. Be sure to review several designs and choose a contractor who respects and works with your ideas.

5. Art

Artwork and statues are probably the simplest but also most underused way to increase curb appeal. The key here is to select substantive pieces that make a statement. Save those cheap, tacky pieces that you can’t resist for the back yard, where only you can see them. Cleverly arranged structures can even be used to add secret nooks for a private hideaway. 

Somewhere along the way, your front yard project to increase curb appeal might be more than you can handle with the equipment you have on hand. And that's the time to call Compact Power Equipment Rental. We have excavators, trenchers, trailers, concrete buggies and many other pieces of heavy landscaping equipment to lighten your load and bring your project one step closer to fruition.

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