Thursday, August 13, 2015

Top Budget-friendly Ways to Improve a Home’s Outdoor Spaces

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The majority of homeowners know that a house’s outdoor space is what sets the tone for the entire home. It provides the first impression for what guests can expect to see inside the home. For example, if the flowerbeds are kept weed-free and the patio or deck is clean, guests will assume that the homeowners truly care about the home. Keeping outdoor spaces well-maintained does not have to require maxing out a credit card because there are numerous budget-friendly ways to improve a home’s outdoor spaces.

First, some simple landscaping techniques can add loads of interesting color and texture to an otherwise boring lawn. Some landscaping tasks, such as planting annuals or perennials, are simple enough for most homeowners to do themselves. Other tasks, such as planting large trees and bushes or planning large flowerbeds, may require a professional landscaping service. Of course, once the landscaping is in, homeowners need to maintain these spaces by watering often, deadheading flowers and trimming bushes. Professionally installed sprinkler systems may be the best option for busy individuals.

Second, cleaning a few outdoor spaces every spring or fall can preserve expensive items, such as patio furniture, gas or charcoal grills and even decks and patios. Most patio furniture can be cleaned with a mild soap and a soft cloth. Even cloth-covered cushions can be cleaned with this solution and a scrub brush because the material is designed to get wet. After the cushions are clean, they can be coated with a fabric protection spray, which will keep them cleaner in the future. At the end of the season, grills should be cleaned by scrubbing off the grates with dish detergent and by cleaning out the inside of the grill to keep the grill from rusting. To clean a deck or patio, a professional service, such as Renew Crew of Topeka/Lawrence is typically needed. These professionals have the eco-friendly materials and machines needed to deep clean these surfaces.

Homeowners can spend one or two weekends doing a couple of these simple tasks to improve the look of their outdoor spaces. Of course, some tasks, such as power cleaning decks or putting in major new landscaping, may require professional help. Individuals can check with many of these professionals because they may offer discounts for a certain amount of work or for new customers.

23 comments:

Sandee said...

I need to clean our patio this year. I've not done so yet and it shows. They are knocking nuts right now so I'll wait until that's done. Dust everywhere.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

BellaVida Letty said...

Great tips. I agree with the landscaping. A few pretty flowers really brighten things up.

Masshole Mommy said...

My outside could use a makeover. I don't pay as much attention to it as I should.

Shop with Me Mama said...

We are in the process of cleaning up our yard and fixing the landscaping. It sure makes a HUGE difference!

Susan Kane said...

We are trying to do bits every wkend, and hope to achieve more and more. It is a struggle between us, as he doesn't see the need.

Ai Sakura said...

First impressions do matter.. even for homes ;)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Lydia Filgueras said...

It's amazing how cleaning our deck and applying new stain really perked up our back yard. The faded stain made everything look shabby.

Pat Hatt said...

That is the one thing, one of the only things, I like about apartments, no yard work haha

Jenn said...

We have a professional powerwash for us. Its so worth the money as it would take my husband a full day to get the job done. And they do a much better job :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

Very good tips Rosey!

Theresa Mahoney said...

My homes outdoor space would be greatly improved if my neighbors would pick up all the toys in their front yard and move them to the back, and if my other neighbor would spring to store their RV somewhere other than the driveway. End of rant ;)

Jennifer Juro said...

We just pressure washed the outside of our house and the driveway was amazing the difference it made. Hind sight I think my back wishes I had hired someone to do it instead.

Valerie said...

Thanks for the tips. i need to work on the outside of my house before it gets cold this year!

MikiHope said...

Although I don't own a house these are very good suggestions and actually exactly how one of my bookkeeping clients keeps up with the outside of her house.

Esme Sy said...

It's hard work to maintain a backyard or a garden, but these tips are helpful, thanks! Gardening takes a lot of effort, but is also very rewarding!

Kristi said...

A great post. We just had a small area in our front yard updated with new landscaping.. hoping to have the back updated next year.

Crystal said...

The paint on our patio needs to be power washed & redone. There's such a long list of projects!

Ann B said...

I have a bunch of yard work to do this weekend. I need to throw out some plants that are dried up. Adding new, fresh flowers will make my yard look much better.

Lisa Rios said...

These are some great tips which are very much budget friendly. I do agree that some simple landscaping techniques could do wonders to an boring lawn in no time.

Nicole Escat said...

This is fantastic!! I love the result and it is really budget friendly..

slehan said...

That's a great before and after picture of the house.

slehan at juno dot com

Housewife Eclectic said...

Landscaping makes such a big difference! We do bits here and there when we can!

~ Noelle said...

The joys of home ownership... we are having to repair all sorts of things these days...
:(