If you’re thinking of giving your home a facelift, then the property’s exterior will be at the forefront of your thinking; the aesthetic look of any house is important as it’s the first thing any passer-by or neighbour sees. There are several different areas that you can address to improve the way your home looks; these can include the garden if you have one, the windows and doors and any gutters, facias or drainpipes.
If Horticulture isn’t Your Thing
You may not be Alan Titchmarsh or Monty Don, but keeping any front garden clean and tidy makes good sense; if you don’t have the time or inclination for gardening, you should keep it simple and low maintenance. You might also be able to find a local handyperson or gardener who will visit every month to keep the garden tidy for a small cost. They will typically be of a decent standard, so it is a good solution – I do it myself.
The Windows & Doors
The condition of the windows and doors on the exterior of any property is key to how it projects; depending on the material your windows or doors are made from, there are several things that you can do to make them more pleasing to the eye. If made from timber, then a fresh coat of varnish can re-invigorate most windows and doors; if they are UPVC windows, then an option you could look at is what’s called UPVC window spraying. This involves spraying the windows or doors with a specialist type of paint; it enables changing the standard white UPVC to many different colours. At a cost much lower than replacing the windows or doors completely, it gives the effect of a new modern look for a fraction of the cost.
Other Areas for Improvement
The other areas on the exterior of your property that you might improve can include:
- Cleaning and/or painting your gutters.
- Replacement of the roof facias.
- A new mailbox or house number can improve the look.
- Painting the garage door.
- Improve the lighting; greater light gives a better outlook.
You could also invest in a pressure washer; they are great for cleaning paths, driveways and walls, periodic cleaning won’t take up too much of your time, and like a tidy garden, a clean front gives a much better look.
Whether you’re looking to improve the exterior of your property for your own peace of mind or if you might be looking to sell your home, you can improve all the above areas of your home to demonstrate how a house can go from drab and deary to a proper showstopper. How a fresh coat of paint, some subtle changes, a well-maintained garden, and a clean driveway can transform an ordinary façade into an impressive exterior frontage.
I hope this short article has given you some food for thought and some great ideas to improve your home, it won’t take too much effort, and the benefits are superb. You can do the work yourself or use the services of a professional and make a drastic difference to the curb appeal of your home.