Simple Ways to Give Your Home’s Exterior a Face Lift

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FIXING UP YOUR CURB APPEAL

The exterior of your home is the first thing that any visitors see when they arrive. That makes it crucial to have a beautiful home exterior if you want to give off a great first impression. It always seems like an expensive plan when you think about sprucing up the outside of your home, but there are actually a lot of simple things you can do to improve your home’s exterior without breaking the bank!

 

BEST SIMPLE HOME EXTERIOR IMPROVEMENT IDEAS

  1. Get New Simple Hardware

You might be surprised to find that small things like the hardware around the front of your home make a big impact on the overall look. According to Better Homes and Gardens, getting new house numbers, light fixtures, door knockers, and other small hardware pieces can add a whole new life to your house.

  1. Focus on the Front Door

With most houses, the front door is the focal point and everything else revolves around it. It is what most people pay attention to when they are arriving at your property. As such, you should make sure it’s looking good at all times. A fresh coat of paint on the door, some new trim, a nice wreath, and other small changes will do a lot to improve the door itself.

  1. Check Out Outdoor Lighting

Small outdoor lights not only improve the look of your home, they can actually make it safer at night and increase the value of your home. Many solar-powered lights are available as well as lights that automatically detect when it is dark and turn themselves back off when it is bright outside again.

  1. Look into a Paint Job

Nothing can make your house look new faster than a fresh coat of paint. Look at the paint currently on your home and see if you need to get it re-done. Sometimes you can get away with re-painting the accents of the house first for a fresh look and doing the main bulk of the siding later on.

  1. Look at Landscaping

The plants and grass around your home will draw a lot of attention. That attention can be negative if they are not well kept or it could be positive if you maintain your landscaping well and plant attractive plants around the yard. Trim the bushes, keep the lawn mowed and edged, and weed your garden area regularly to keep your landscaping looking great. You can also look at adding some plants to the garden if you’re feeling a bit more ambitious.

  1. Give Your Exterior a Scrub-down

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to make your house look years newer is to clean anything and everything that you usually neglect. That’s right, it’s time to wash and clear the gutters, pressure wash the siding or bricks, thoroughly clean the windows, get rid of unsightly cobwebs, and scrub your front walkway and porch. A clean home looks finitely better than a home with hidden, tucked away dirt and grime built up.

  1. Seal the Driveway

Over time your driveway is going to collect some cracks. This is a fact of life that is unavoidable. However, if you want an easy way to improve the look of a cracked driveway without having to replace the whole thing, you can reseal it on your own. Driveway sealant is relatively cheap and you can have the driveway fixed and usable again within around 24 hours.

  1. Set Up Potted Plants

Potted greenery adds a lot of curb appeal without taking too much maintenance or money. Hang some plants around your front porch, especially near the door, for a fresh look for any home.

THE VALUE OF A GREAT OUTSIDE LOOK

The outside of your home has to look great if you want to impress visitors, sell the house, or even if you just want to smile every time you come home and see how good it looks. Try out these 8 easy ways to improve the outside of your home and see how much more you enjoy coming back and seeing your house afterwards!

SOURCES

http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/exteriors/curb-appeal/ways-to-add-curb-appeal/

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