It might be summer, and if you’re not sure, you can just step outside for five minutes and the 100-degree truth will reveal itself. But even though the heat might keep most of us inside, chances are there are many people out and about, looking for the best property to buy.

If you’re thinking about putting your property on the market, or if you just want to win the next HOA contest and claim that coveted prize, you’re going to need to get your property looking its best. But how are you supposed to compete with all the other beautiful properties out there?

One great thing about home ownership is the options that you have when it comes to beautifying your space. But if your property doesn’t look good on the outside, chances are you won’t have many prospective buyers ( or the HOA prize handlers) knocking on your door.

Making your property look great takes a bit of creativity. But with the right ideas, you can have one of the best properties in the neighborhood in no time at all.

Lawn Care

Before you even touch the exterior of your home. You’re going to need to take care of your lawn first. After all, when it comes to curb appeal, the first thing anyone passing by your property will see is your lawn. And if your lawn is full of brown or yellow spots, or bare spots, chances are they’re going to pass on by without looking back.

Depending on the size of your property, you might be able to take care of your lawn yourself. But if you really want to do your property justice and get it looking its best year-round, you’re going to need the help of professional lawn care experts.

Lawn care experts get the job done. And they perform a variety of essential services that your lawn just can’t go without.

A few of these services are:

  • Soil aeration
  • Pest control
  • Trimming and pruning
  • Debris removal
  • Weed control
  • Fertilizing
  • Irrigation

If you have the time to do all of this work yourself, then you’re in luck. But if you really want to wow your neighbors, and prospective buyers, having professionals take care of your lawn is the best path forward.

Exterior Maintenance

If selling your home is a goal you’re aiming for, you may want to think back to when you were a first-time homebuyer and went out looking for homes. Chances are, the property itself was what drew you in. But aside from this, the home on the property has to catch your eye for it ti pique your interest.

Truth be told, you can sink a lot of money into exterior amenities. But some of the most basic maintenance and upkeep are far more cost-effective than a full-scale remodel.

The exterior of your home takes the full brunt of weathering. And just like your roof needs periodic maintenance, so does the entire exterior of your home.

A few things you can do periodically to ensure that your property stays looking great all year are pressure washing, especially on sides of the home that tend to have less direct sunlight as mildew can grow more abundantly in these areas. Additionally, painting trim and repairing any broken or cracked areas before they take on water damage will be a wise strategy going forward.

Exterior Lighting

Believe it or not, exterior lighting can add a significant amount of value to your property. And not only does exterior lighting make your property look great and well-lit at night, but it’s also a great security feature.

For example, if you have a job that requires you to work late, coming home to a dark home can make anyone apprehensive. After all, you never know what’s lurking around the corner. But if you have pathway or security lighting installed, you likely won’t have to worry about a stranger popping out from behind the bushes.

Exterior lighting also helps to illuminate areas of your property that you want to create a focus around. For example, if you have a stone bench sitting area, a pergola, or any landscaping elements that you want to enhance in the evening and nighttime hours, exterior lighting can provide this and make your property look great.

If you want your property to stand out among the rest of your neighbors, there are many methods you can choose to follow. But by keeping it simple, you’ll not only make your property look great, but you’ll also be able to save a few dollars in the process.