Did you know that a well thought-out front yard landscape is worth more in terms of value of your house than a kitchen or bathroom remodeling? This should be a good enough reason to start working on a comprehensive plan to fix what’s wrong in your yard.
Do a major clean up in the yard. Call in a rubble remover and get rid of the old rusted hosepipe and the broken down washing machine and lawn mower. Pull out the weeds at the side of the house. Rake and de-weed the lawn. Sweep the paths and driveway. Fix or replace rattling windows and doors. Apply varnish to window frames to brighten them up. Clean the gutters. Go up on the roof and rid it of debris and give the roof a good sweep. Paint the trim of the house. Pick up the dog poop once or twice a day.
Get a hose reel so that the water hose is not always tangled up in a heap in the yard. Replace the old mailbox with one that is large and sturdy.
Take a close look at the front door. Does it need to be varnished? Do you need a peephole so you can check first before you open the door? Clean the glass portions of the door. Sweep the porch and rid it of unnecessary items. Give away the bird cage that’s been gathering dust on the porch. Replace the doorbell with one that works and makes a nice sound. Polish the door knob. Buy a new welcome doormat. Put some clay pots with geraniums and impatiens a short distance from the door to make the entryway attractive.