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Curb Appeal Landscaping For First Time Homeowners – The Saturday Weekend Review #324

Curb appeal landscaping is more than just mowing the lawn once a week.

Owning a home especially if it’s your first comes with many responsibilities even if it is a new build.

Keeping your home clean and updated on the inside is just as important as the outside.

First Time Buyers Frugal Curb Appeal Landscaping Tips

We’ve lived in our home since 2009 and curb appeal landscaping was high on our to-do-list.

Buying our home during the winter meant we didn’t know what surprises lurked underneath.

That’s the pitfall of home buying and not having the nice weather to inspect a property on the outside before you buy.

Whether you plan to sell your house or if you want to keep the neighbours motivated do what we did and give your property a facelift.

Where do you begin with sprucing up the property of your first home?

Today’s discussion is about reviewing curb appeal landscaping for first time buyers.

Owning a home can be overwhelming so take my advice and work from the outside in.

  1. Garden Planters
  2. Rock Garden
  3. Weed Free Property
  4. Green Grass
  5. Sealed Driveway
  6. Light Fixtures
  7. Shrubs and Plants
  8. Clean Windows
  9. Updated Roof
  10. Clean Siding
  11. Paint or Update Garage Door
  12. New Mailbox
  13. Patio Furniture
  14. Welcome Sign or Mat
  15. Flowers
  16. Hanging Planters
  17. Guttering and downspouts
  18. Vent Covers
  19. Door Hardware Update
  20. Ditch The Junk

Front Yard Curb Appeal Landscaping Is Everything

I can’t tell you how many times people have stopped in front of our home when they are out for a walk.

Over the years we’ve slowly managed to drastically improve the outside look of our home.

What we didn’t do was fork out loads of cash to turn our dirt pit into a simple landscaped garden oasis.

Ok, that may be a bit dramatic but for us an oasis is somewhere peaceful and that’s how

we went about planning our curb appeal landscaping so we would get the most out of it.

Curb Appeal Landscaping On A Budget

Forget about hiring companies to come and spray your lawn for weeds, it’s useless.

Each year we budget for at least a $5000 outdoor project for our home.

Our first focus was the front of the house and when that was completed we started planning the backyard.

Planning your landscaping with your budget is the key factor in savings.

Plus, if you do plan your landscaping projects in advance you can take advantage of sales.

For example, if you work out what you want to do in December for Spring or Fall, make a project list of items to purchase.

As they go on sale start buying what you need to keep your curb appeal landscaping to a minimum.

This is why we put so much emphasis on planning and having a projected expenses budget.

Related: How We Designed Our Budget Step 10- Projected Expenses.

Imagine What The Inside Of That House Looks Like

If we let the outside of our home fall apart then the inside will crumble too.

Any time someone drives by your home your curb appeal landscaping will be the first thing they notice.

After that, they will look at your house from the front and start picking out what they like and don’t like.

I bet every single one of you have gone for walks around your neigbourhood and done this.

We get lots of great landscaping ideas by talking to neighbours about who they contracted or where items were purchased.

The idea for adding curb appeal landscaping is that it reflects the homeowners sense of style.

Besides if all the neighbours work on their curb appeal landscaping it keeps the value of homes up in the area.

Remember the time we blogged about hiring a goat in Ontario to help eat the weeds from a neighbours front lawn?

I do but thankfully they have moved on and the new homeowners take pride in their home.

20 Ways We Improved Our Curb Appeal Landscaping

In 2019 I wrote about curb appeal for your home especially if you plan to sell.

Even if you don’t plan to sell because you’ve just moved in there are some quick tips to motivate your curb appeal landscaping look.

Garden Planters

Garden Planter with Fresh Dill

You can buy garden planters just about anywhere however they can get pricey.

Look on Facebook Market Place or Kijiji for deals however if it’s garage sale season you may score a deal.

Garage sales are some of the best places that new homeowners can save money.

Rock Garden Curb Appeal Landscaping

As soon as the spring comes around the rock garden is one of the most popular ways to landscape your property.

We have many rock gardens around our house that I created years ago.

The reason for the rock garden with weed protection was to keep it simple and virtually free of maintenance.

Green Grass

Green grass takes some work but you can achieve it by fertilizing twice a year and getting rid of any weeds.

Our grass was mud and weeds after the snow melted during our first year I took matters into my own hands.

I dug down and pulled out all weeds, grubs in the soil before ordering fresh new sod.

From there I make sure to fertilize, water and look after any weeds that do sneak in.

If you neglect your grass it will let you down.

Sealed Asphalt Driveway

Sealing your asphalt driveway is an easy fix by purchasing the products at any big box store and doing it yourself.

I’ve never paid anyone to seal my driveway and the cost is time and product but a fraction of what you’d pay someone else.

If your driveway is interlocking brick and there are weeds, get rid of them one by one.

I tend to shy away from interlocking brick for that reason although I do have a path I designed and have yet any weed problems.

Light Fixtures

Outdoor lights are a simple upgrade and if you watch the flyer sales or find end of season lights you can grab a deal.

Sometimes you’ll even find them at garage sales or for sale online from other homeowners who are upgrading.

What they don’t like you might love so it’s worth searching before buying them brand new.

Shrubs and Plants

Clean Windows

Cleaning the windows on the inside and outside of your home is simple and should be done often.

Enjoy looking out of your windows without all of the muck on your windows with a cleaning.

Updated Roof

Putting a new roof on your house will be an expensive property update unless you do it yourself.

Even then you can expect to pay thousands of dollars for roofing materials.

Our home cost us near $7000 for a new roof a few months after moving in our first home together.

If we need a new roof again while living in this home I’ll be doing it with a friend.

What I learned after about how easy it was to install a roof I’ll take that project on myself.

Clean Siding

Dirty White Siding on A house

There are companies that will come to your house and clean the siding for you.

After a long winter and other elements of weather the siding can take on a mucky look.

Instead of hiring someone I went to Canadian Tire and bought myself a pressure washer.

It cost me less to buy the pressure washer and do the task myself than it would have hiring someone.

Paint or Update Garage Door

Another pricey project to improve curb appeal is the garage door which I consider important.

Not only should the garage door insulate the garage but it helps to keep utility costs down.

The garage door on our home is the original and I plan to replace it with an insulated door.

In the meantime I’ve added new white trim and a bottom seal and painted it a darker grey.

Now, it looks brand new.

New Mailbox

We get our mail from the Canada Post Box up the street but we get flyers delivered to our mailbox.

If you have a black mailbox as we do take a can of spray paint and refresh it to look new.

I’ve done this with our outdoor lights and any planters that we own that can be spray painted.

Keep your decor looking fresh and new with a few dollars and elbow grease.

Patio Furniture

Search online for second-hand patio furniture especially at the end of season when homeowners downsize.

We purchase our small table and chairs that are wrought iron for $10.

A couple of cans of black spray paint and seat covers and the table looks brand new.

Welcome Sign or Mat

Welcome Sign Planter

A welcome sign is always a nice touch and shows the neigbours that you are friendly.

Whenever I see a welcome sign or mat at the front door for some reason I find it inviting.

You can purchase welcome mats at most garden centres in your local area.

Our front matt was custom made by a lady in a small village outside of London, Ontario.

Support local when you can.


We used to be big flower fans and still are but don’t have the time to take care of them.

If you can find flowers that are low maintenance such as a sunflower adding colour to your curb appeal landscaping is ideal.

To keep costs low try to look for free plants for your front gardens.

Hanging Planters

Hanging planters with strawberries

Planters add a nice touch to the outside of your property.

You don’t need to go overboard either so keep them simple and easy to maintain.

We often opt for hanging ferns as there’s not much to do but water them.

Guttering and downspouts

Home downspout in need of repair – curb appeal landscaping

I’m not going to recommend replacing your guttering unless it needs to be however if it’s full of leaves and other materials clean it out.

Purchase a ladder which is a necessity for all homeowners and clean out the guttering.

You could be like me and just hop out the bedroom window and clean them as well.

Just be careful you don’t fall off the roof or secure yourself for safety precautions.

As for the downspouts they are relatively cheap to buy so if yours are smushed or are in need of repair just spend the money and refresh them.

Outdoor Vent Covers

Sun damaged outdoor house vent that needs to be replaced

Take a walk around your home and have a look at all of the venting on the outside.

For example, the dryer vent may be full of lint and falling apart due to sun damage.

That’s a quick, easy fix to remove lint and replace the old vent with a new one.

Another thing to consider is all of the openings to the inside that will allow rodents inside.

I put mouse traps in our attic just about every two months and they are always full.

This month I put 21 mouse traps and I bet I’ll have them filled with dead mice.

Don’t fool yourself, every home has mice but if you don’t control it your pet population will grow.

Not only that but if the mice get into your walls be prepared for another problem that could be costly.

We’ve experienced it and I plan on sharing with you the process and costs to fix it.

Door Hardware Update

Besides installing a new front door or screen door there’s a reasonably inexpensive way to upgrade the hardware.

You can find door handles and lock systems at any big box store such as Canadian Tire, Home Depot and even online at Amazon.

If you know of local online businesses in your area or outside of your city many will deliver right to your home.

Ditch The Junk

Steer clear of having junk laying around your property especially garden gnomes that can overwhelm the look.

By all means if you like to add decor to your landscaping keep it to a minimum so it doesn’t look junky.

If you have garbage laying around, pick it up because litter just ruins the look of a property.

Always keep your garbage bins hidden away on the side of the house or in the garage if you can.

Planning Curb Appeal Landscaping Is Worth The Effort

If you’re still not convinced that you can add curb appeal landscaping start slow.

Do what you can afford and implement any of the free or inxpensive ways I’ve listed above.

Discussion: What did you do to the outside curb appeal landscaping of your home since you’ve purchased it. Please share your comments below.


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