Homeowner Tips: Improve Curb Appeal While Reducing The Need For Future Various Repairs

Posted on: 13 December 2016

Making a few property updates is a great way to improve its value and increase comfort for those who live there. There are a few updates you can make that will not only enhance your property's curb appeal, but will help reduce the need for various repairs as your home ages. Here are a few options to consider incorporating into your coming property update plans:

Sealcoat the Driveway

Sealcoating your asphalt driveway is an effective way to improve its overall appearance and reduce the chance of cracking as time goes on. Having your driveway professionally sealed will minimize the amount of rain and debris that is able to seep into its porous surface, which in turn will keep damage to a minimum so repairs aren't needed as often. And the sealant will make it easy to clean up oil and other liquids that are spilled on driveway because they won't be able to soak into it – this will minimize discoloration over the years. Sealants can be tinted with various colors so you can create a custom look that complements your property's current design and decor.

It's important to have your service provider patch any holes or cracks that are already present before they sealcoat it. This may increase the overall cost of the project upfront, but it is sure to save you money on repairs throughout the coming years and make your investment worthwhile. Keep in mind that you won't be able to use your driveway while it's being patched and sealed, so take the time to make parking arrangements with neighbors or on the street beforehand if possible.   

Plant New Trees, Hedges, and Vine Plants

Not only will planting new trees, hedges, and vine plants give your property a fresh updated look, but they'll help protect your home from extreme weather elements and improve energy efficiency so your HVAC system doesn't have to work so hard. When the heater and air conditioner aren't struggling to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors, you can look forward to fewer repair bills as time passes. Landscaping with trees can even increase your overall property value by about 20 percent depending on the types, sizes, and specific locations of the trees.

Plant some hedges around the immediate perimeter of your home to provide it with some extra insulation and to protect it from strong winds. Consider planting boxwood, flowering quince, or juniper plants as hedges because they're easy to shear and can be maintained in any shape or size of your preference with little effort.

You can also plant vine plants behind the hedges so they can climb the walls of your home and become an extra layer of insulation. Choose plants that bloom flowers for extra color, and keep a pair of garden scissors handy so you can keep the plants trimmed away from the windows, roof, and other areas where you don't want them to grow.

Plant your trees near any windows that tend to get direct sunlight during summer days. Deciduous trees such as dogwood and weeping willow are awesome options because they have leaves in the summer to protect your home from the sun's heat, and they lose their leaves in the winter to allow warmth from the sun inside. Fruit trees are just as impressive thanks to their beauty and all the free food that they provide throughout the year.

Install Some Vinyl Fencing

Creating a border between your property, neighboring land, and public areas is an excellent way to ensure that unwanted animals and people stay away from your gardens and other valuable or fragile landscaping features. Stray dogs that dig holes in your gardens or kids who make their way into your yard to play can result in the unnecessary need for expensive repairs.

Consider installing vinyl fencing around your property as a barrier and visual element. Vinyl fencing comes in a variety of designs and colors that are sure to complement your landscape design, and they're easy to maintain even when exposed to extreme weather elements on a regular basis. Vinyl fences are also non-toxic which means that your kids and pets will be safe while playing near the perimeter of your property.

These easy property updates are sure to make a positive impact on the overall look and feel of your property and help reduce the need for many types of repairs throughout the coming years.