Your Neighbors in Your HOA Won’t Mind, Either

One of the most obvious benefits of living in an HOA community is that it helps preserve property value in the neighborhood. Most HOAs enforce appearance guidelines through the HOA Management Company for homes and community areas, which means that in most scenarios, your neighborhood stays looking well-kept and inviting for residents and guests.

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But even in an HOA community, homeowners still have some control over how they maintain the exterior of their home and property. It’s safe to say that most homeowners—whether they want to sell their home in the near future or plan on staying for years to come—want to keep it looking at its best. Landscaping plays a big part in that. We’ve put together a list of 5 simple ways you can boost your home’s value with landscaping improvements. And in the meantime, you’ll improve the appearance of your neighborhood, too!

  1. Add Potted Plants

What better way to add some color and variety to the exterior of your home than with potted plants? Outdoor planters are great because they are mobile and fairly easy to care for. Add potted plants to your porch, driveway, or other walkways (in accordance with any HOA policies, of course) where company enters your home. Planters don’t have to break the bank, either! Save money by opting for resin planters instead of concrete or ceramic planters. Or, you can even upcycle planters from second-hand stores with the help of some spray paint.

  1. Make Your Porch Inviting

Depending on what your HOA allows, consider adding an inviting door mat, tasteful door wreath, or even chairs or swings with comfortable, colorful cushions. Everyone in the neighborhood loves to see a porch that seems to say “welcome home” rather than “stay away!”

  1. Add Lighting

Landscape lighting can take the appearance of your yard to a whole new level. There are a whole host of options for outdoor lighting depending on what your HOA bylaws allow for and what fits in with your budget. A well-lit yard is also an effective security feature! If hard-wired landscape lighting isn’t the best fit for your yard or budget, you could even consider solar-powered accent lighting placed around specific landscape features or paths. These types of solar landscape lighting kits can be found at almost any big box store and are a more affordable way to add accent lighting to your yard.

  1. Plant Shrubs and Trees

A few shrubs and trees can go a long way in making your front yard look lush and inviting. This can also be a good way to add privacy to your home and property. Adding vegetation to your yard doesn’t always have to mean extensive maintenance, either. There are plenty of options out there for trees and shrubs that look great without requiring much TLC. Be sure to check the HOA guidelines about any varieties that aren’t allowed before you make your purchase and especially before you plant your new shrubs or trees.

  1. Add Fresh Mulch

If your yard has planting areas not maintained by the HOA, adding a fresh layer of mulch can do wonders for turning a tired, dull yard and into one that looks inviting and well-manicured. New mulch is fairly inexpensive which means you’ll get bang for your buck with this landscape improvement. Plus, there are a variety of shades and textures you can choose from to best fit the style of your home.

Adding even just one of these elements to your yard can take the look of your property from average to impressive. You’ll get the satisfaction of taking pride in your home while knowing you’ve done your part to keep its value as high as possible. If cared for, your HOA Management company will breeze by your yard on compliance visits. And who knows, you might inspire your neighbors to do the same!