A home exterior update makes a world of difference, no matter what your goal is. Maybe you want to make the house more appealing for sale, or maybe you just want to revamp the look for a nicer visual.
Whatever the case, you want to improve your curb appeal and make your house stand out. So where to begin?
The idea here is to focus on what makes the most dramatic change with the least amount of effort, but that’s not to say the details don’t matter. With only one or two of these ideas, you will already see a massive difference.
So, let’s start with the small changes and escalate from there!
“If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes." – John Wooden
Though most of the ideas that follow are bigger in scope, it doesn’t mean that details are irrelevant. You can change a lot with a little, which is perfect if you have limited time and budget but still want to kickstart this project.
Change your house number
House numbers tend to be forgotten most of the time, but they can become an important piece of decoration besides their obvious application. Perhaps revisit your house number and give it a new look.
Add a doormat
A lot of charm can be found in doormats, not only due to their welcoming nature, but because they can add to the charm of your design intent. Choose wisely and you won’t be disappointed.
Get some potted plants
It’s hard to go wrong with potted plants. They work as great pieces of decor, but they also bring a lot of life and variety to your visual design. Focus on native plants and pick from low-maintenance species if you prefer a more hands-free approach.
Power wash the exterior
Now, we’re getting to the good stuff.
If you’ve ever seen a before and after for power washing then you know why this is here. In case you haven’t, the short version is this:
Power washing is extremely effective!
It doesn’t take a lot of time, the results are pretty much instant, and with a rented pressure washer, you can even do it yourself for your driveway, sidings, and exterior walls. I recommend leaving the roof and other harder-to-reach areas for the pros though.
Trust me, if you want an easy way to get a fresh new look for your home, give power washing a chance. Especially if your home’s exterior hasn’t been cleaned in a while, the difference is staggering.
It kinda goes without saying that a new coat of paint will make a big difference.
A full exterior paint job is guaranteed to give your home a brand new look with the potential to last many years. It’s an easy way to get the revamp you want and perhaps plan a whole new look.
But if the cost seems a bit hefty for your current budget, you can still make some improvements in other ways.
For example: paint your front door instead. Often a focal point when seen from the curb, simply painting the front door in a bold new color will create an interesting focal point.
But if that’s not enough, paint your windows too. Now you have a brand new front door with new windows to match – way easier on the budget but still a dramatic change that’s more than enough to impress.
This might seem like more of a practical project, but the problems that come from dirty gutters are quite visual… and never in a good way.
For one, all the leaves and guck from dirty gutters can be seen from far away and even fall on your yard.
Then, there’s the obvious nuisance of clogged gutters that can’t properly divert water from your yard, causing all sorts of pools that lead to other more serious problems (like water damage).
Finally, the excess weight caused by accumulated dirt and water can bend and break the gutters or even the edges of your roof. Oof.
Sounds like a much bigger deal now, doesn’t it?
Get those gutters inspected as soon as possible!
Landscaping can be just as complex as any part of the exterior and interior design, making it intimidating for homeowners to handle by themselves.
So, let’s break it down to the basics:
The lawn is often the most noticeable aspect of your landscaping efforts, if not the only one in some cases. Lawn care involves patching up dead spots and making sure the grass is healthy and vibrant.
Trees and bushes should be trimmed regularly. This ensures they retain a nice shape while not growing beyond their limits, which can cause problems with nearby structures.
A trimming professional is always recommended in these cases, especially for trees, as they can be hard to reach in some cases.
Many homeowners adopt gardening as a hobby, which is something we always encourage around here. You can start small to get the hang of it, but gardening does take a good deal of maintenance and attention, so it shouldn’t be taken lightly.
But if you learn to take good care of flower beds, come springtime no other house in the neighborhood will compare to yours.
Ready to revamp your home’s exterior? Get free quotes from pressure washing pros in your area today!