Many people think about the exterior of their homes only when they are moving in or moving out of their home. When someone is searching for a home, the exterior of the home is the first thing they see. They look at the color and condition of the outside of the home, the landscaping, etc. They have grass added if needed, and they might even add a couple plants when they first move in.
Then, when it is time to move out of the house, their real estate agent starts throwing around the word “curb appeal.” That is when many homeowners make a lot of the improvements and upgrades to the outside of their homes.
But why wait until it’s time to move out of your home to improve the exterior of your home? Shouldn’t you be able to enjoy some of those improvements? There’s no better time than now to make those upgrades that you’ve been thinking about since the day you moved in. If you take a look at the outside of your home and it leaves you a bit underwhelmed, then take some time to improve it! Don’t live with a mediocre home… make a few adjustments to the exterior of your house, and create that home on the block that all of your neighbors will covet.
To help get your creative juices flowing, here are 5 ways to “amp up” your home’s exterior:
1. Paint It
One of the best ways to completely enliven the look of your home is to paint it. If your home is looking a bit drab, nothing will give it a complete recharge than a new coat of paint. You can either repaint it in the same color it currently is, just to give it a more polished look (it’s hard to look past chipping, peeling, cracking, or faded paint), or you can update your home completely with a more modern or appealing color.
If the idea of painting your entire home is a bit daunting to you, you can always just paint your front door, trimming, shutters, and/or your fencing to give your home an updated look. Or if you still like the idea of painting your entire home, but don’t have the time, skills, or desire to do it yourself, you can hire a professional painting company to do it for you.
Adding more or new lighting to your home is another great way to improve its outward appearance. If you already have ample light but just need an update or a bit more excitement, you can purchase new lighting fixtures. But never underestimate the power of well-placed additional lighting to revitalize the look of a tired home. Solar lights are a great option that will liven up your home’s exterior without increasing your energy bills.
Landscaping is another wonderful option for adding more appeal to your home. If you don’t already have grass, that is going to need to be your first step. If you have grass in your yard but it grows in thin, sparse, patchy, dry, or brown, you might want to consider installing sod to have brighter and thicker grass in your yard. You’ll be amazed at what a difference having thick healthy grass in your yard will make.
Once you’ve gotten your grass figured out, you can move on to other aspects of landscaping your yard. Just like with healthy grass, it’s amazing what a difference a few well placed shrubs along a walkway or the front of your house, or some bright colored flowers, or even one new tree in the front yard can make. If you’re working with a small budget you can make a few of these additions yourself, but if you really want to enjoy the full effects of this one, it might be worth it to budget out to hire a professional landscaping company to give you that “wow factor” you’re looking for.
4. Add Some Color
Speaking about flowers, it’s always surprising how much of an impact one or two pops of color can make in adding some “spunk” to an otherwise lackluster home exterior. Paint your front door a fun bright color. Add some bright planters or flower boxes. Plant some colorful flowers in those planters. Bring in some colorful outdoor rugs, or a couple bright wicker chairs. Or, decorate for the seasons: find fun and bright decorations for the different seasons or holidays, and switch out your exterior decor that way.
5. Add a Water Feature
Lastly, if you really want to go “all out” with your home exterior revamp project, consider adding a water feature to your yard. Think about any neighborhood you’ve ever driven through. What is the one thing that is sure to catch your eye? A house with a fountain (whether it’s big or small) in the yard. If there is any house that will stand out to you, it will always be the one with the water feature. These types of houses have found a way to upgrade themselves from the humdrum house just like every other house on the block, to the one that you can’t drive by without looking twice. So, to really get that unique appeal to your home exterior, think about adding a fountain, small creek, or koi pond to your yard. And get ready to watch the heads turn!
Nicole is a home improvement expert, and she loves helping homeowners “amp up” the looks of their homes. In her opinion, Allure Painting offers the best residential painting services she could find.