Nobody wants to be the neighborhood eyesore. But it doesn’t take many months of inattention to make your property the talk of the town – and not in a good way. Here are some quick fixes to spruce up your outdoor space. Trust me, your neighbors will be grateful.
1. Pull Some Weeds
Weeds are one of the most obvious signs of neglect. Pull the weeds that poke through the cracks in your driveway or sidewalks first – they tend to look the worst. Then tackle weeds that are growing in your lawn or flower beds. To prevent weeds from coming back, apply a chemical herbicide in the fall, when weeds are preparing to go dormant.
2. Trim the Bushes
Overgrown bushes give your home a creepy, haunted house vibe. Unless you’re trying to scare away visitors, do a thorough trim once a year. You can do the job by hand with pruning shears, but an electric trimmer is more efficient. If you don’t have a hedge trimmer, borrow one from a neighbor or rent one from a local hardware or home improvement store.
3. Get Rid of That Clunker
So you bought a new car and never got rid of the rusty one that doesn’t run. Or maybe you bought a classic car with the intention of fixing it up, but never got to it. Whatever the reason, a junky car parked outside isn’t exactly making your property look good.
There are plenty of local companies that will give you cash for that old clunker, and the good news is you’ll never have to leave the couch. Fill out an online form describing your car, like this one from RemoveMyClunker.com, to get an instant quote. If you decide to accept the quote, your car will be picked up and you will get a check – often the same day.
4. Ditch the Rest of the Junk
Got other useless stuff cluttering up your yard? Hire a junk removal service to haul off about anything you can imagine, including old appliances, tires, furniture, carpets, play structures, household waste, scrap metal and fencing. Most services charge based on volume, with minimum fees of $75 to $100. Most services also donate salvageable items and recycle whenever possible.
5. Clean Up Debris
Debris accumulates in your yard over time, particularly in the winter months. Trash is an obvious eyesore, but even loose leaves and branches can start to look junky. Unless your yard is huge, it usually takes no more than a couple hours to rake up all the trash and debris, making a huge improvement in the appearance of your property. If you get the whole family involved, the task can be completed even faster.
If you simply don’t have time to spare, consider hiring a yard cleanup service.