We are supposed to get all of those emotions when we see a potential new home. The thoughts of us living there, our cars outside or on the driveway. The emotions are supposed to excite. But in the same breath, we can also feel dislike and disappointment with a potential property. The same can be said for when you have purchased the property and lived in it for some time. To often the novelty can wear off when it comes to maintaining your home, and instead of pulling up on the drive feeling happy and excited, you turn up to your home thinking it looks a mess and things need to be done. Whether you are living in your hope for the foreseeable, or looking to sell your home, it’s so important to make those first impressions count. With that in mind, I thought it would be a great time to discuss some of the ways you can improve your curb appeal.
Tidy up any debris and take on the big chores
One of the first things that you could start to do is to think about tidying up the debris and taking on some of the big chores that need to be done. At this time of year especially, there are fallen leaves and debris, and so you may want to clear all of that away from paths, driveways and flowerbeds. This can make a big difference in itself as the gathered leaves can make an exterior look messy and unloved. You could also use the opportunity to clear out any drains and gutters. This ensures that they can work properly, as the weather is likely to get more wet and irritable as the winter carries on.
The windows and doors are huge features of the exterior
Another big feature of the exterior of your home is the windows, doors and also any garage and outbuilding doors that you have on show. This takes up a big element of your property, so if they look altered, old and in need of repair, then this can seriously let your home down when it comes to curb appeal. It may be time to start thinking about making some changes and replacing them. You could even look at a Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement to see if there is anyway you can make a big investment and take on the job now instead of waiting. During the winter, new windows and doors can also help to save on your energy bills, as your heating is less likely to escape through windows or draft points.
What about the lawns?
It’s important that you take care of any exterior lawn you have, not only on the front but at the back as well. After all, any potential buyer is going to be checking out all of the outside space. Keeping a lawn maintained isn’t one of the easiest tasks you have to do, but it can make a real impact if you happen to have a wonderfully green lawn that is well maintained. So it may be worth your time to ensure that you cut the grass regularly and apply feed to give it some extra nutrients. This can really help with the condition of your lawn. However, none of that is going to work unless your lawn is watered regularly.
How about adding some color?
Now that you have cleared everything away, taken care of the exterior and looked after your lawns, it’s time to dress the exterior of your home with a bit of color. Flowers and shrubbery are a great way to do this. If you have the space, why not add a flower bed in line with your lawn. You can plant some amazing little flowers that could give the exterior home that curb appeal you are looking for. Other things to consider would be points lined up outside your home filled with beautiful plants, or baskets that hang down filled with cute flowers and leaves. All of which can just give the exterior of your home that extra wow factor.
Give your home that white picket fence feel
Finally, many people like the idea of the white picket fence border of your home. But while that isn’t always possible, why not consider adding a fence or border to your home. It separates your home from the rest of the properties on the street. It could just finish the whole look off.
Let’s hope this has provided you with some inspiration to improve your homes curb appeal.