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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Hardscaping And Increase Your Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is that intangible item that houses either have or they don't. It refers to how nice the house looks from the street. Everything from the landscaping to the shutters looks cute and makes potential buyers want to see more. It is your home's chance to make a good impression. 

Hardscaping is one of the key elements of a home's exterior that help create that good impression. Luckily, upgrading your hardscaping does not have to be an expensive proposition. In fact, many projects are suitable for do-it-yourselfers.

1. Brick Accents - One way to spruce up a dated driveway is to add ribbons of bricks or patio pavers along either side. This simple detail can take your driveway from drab and dated to sharp and stylish. A matching brick path leading to the front door is also a great touch.

2. New Driveway - If your driveway is really in sad shape, call in the professional paving contractors to give it a facelift before putting your house on the market. After all, the driveway is the first thing many potential buyers see. Having it covered in weed-filled cracks doesn't do anyone any good. For more information, contact Asphalt Maintenance or a similar company.

3. Retaining Wall - When your front yard is a flat stretch of so-so lawn from the street all the way up to your foundation, you can boost your curb appeal by breaking that area up with perennial beds and low retaining walls. The variation in height as well as the additional hard materials will add visual interest to your yard.

4. Extended Patio - Many homes have a small, cement patio area at the front door. This stoop usually does not accommodate many visitors at once. Why not get creative and extend that space into your yard? Building a paver stone patio at your front door is an easy weekend task that will do wonders for your overall curb appeal. 

5. Dry Creekbed - One of the trendier features that can be created with hardscaping is a dry creek bed. The meandering, stone-filled dry creek bed is a faux feature that is meant to create the illusion of a former creek from centuries past that happens to be right in your front yard. It can take any yard from boring to fabulous. 

Sprucing up your home's hardscaping is a quick and easy fix to boost your curb appeal to potential buyers when you are trying to sell your home fast and for top dollar.