Now is the perfect time to spruce up the exterior of your home and yard! Since we’re spending more time at home and probably using our outdoor spaces more than usual, wouldn’t it be nice to truly enjoy your surroundings? The weather is only getting nicer so if you start now you’ll be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor for months (and years!) to come.
Plus, a few simple do-it-yourself projects will improve your curb appeal if you are thinking of selling in the near future. A well-maintained home exterior will appeal to buyers and likely hint that the inside is cared for too, so this is a win-win!
Stores offering garden supplies and building materials are open right now, with restrictions (and many are offering curbside pickup!); check with them before you go. I linked a few local spots below in addition to the obvious Home Depot, Lowe’s, etc.:
Alright let’s get to it…here are some ideas for outdoor projects that take varying levels of effort and expense. I have done or am currently working on many of these myself so I’d love to chat more with you on my experience and hear what you are working on. Start using those sunny days to get some work in, I know I am!
- Clean up your beds, weed and lay new mulch
- Trim bushes, shrubs, trees
- Refresh stone walkways
- Fertilize your grass, patch up any less than lush spots
- Buy seeds or seedlings to grow your own vegetable and/or herb garden; save yourself some trips to the grocery store and get creative with your cooking!
- Plant some annual flowers in decorative pots on your front steps, deck or patio, in your beds
- Power wash sidewalks, steps, decks, patios, pavers…even your house itself if you know what you are doing!
- Repaint or stain your deck
- Look for some new furniture, outdoor rugs & pillows, planters or a fire pit. I’m linking a few retailers that are easy to purchase from online right now below and noted if they have local stores if/when those are open again.
- Crate & Barrel (Mall at Short Hills, Bridgewater Commons)
- Pottery Barn (Mall at Short Hills, Bridgewater Commons)
- West Elm (Summit)
- Bed Bath & Beyond (Springfield, Watchung, East Hanover, Bridgewater)
- Serena and Lily (Summit)
- Costco (Union, East Hanover, North Plainfield)
- Macy’s (Springfield (Furniture Gallery), Short Hills, Livingston, Bridgewater, Willowbrook)
- Paint your front door
- Paint or replace your mailbox
- Have your home repainted; if you can swing hiring a painter, you can help a local contractor that is low on work due to not being able to work IN people’s homes right now
I keep joking as I walk around our neighborhood with my family that everyone’s yards are going to look better than ever this year…but that’s not such a bad thing to come out of the current situation! Let me know what projects you are taking on this Spring in the comments.