The sanctity of your home is something reserved for the privileged few. Still, you may want to impress even those who will never step a foot inside. Some of these people will base their opinions of you and your family based on your home’s exterior decoration. If it’s neat and well-maintained, they’ll see you as hard-working, disciplined and diligent. There’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to appear so in their eyes.
On the other hand, every visitor to your home will get a chance to admire its interior, either long before they step inside or seconds before they do so. In other words, the curb appeal and doorway of your home is essential for the first impression that your home makes. If you ever decide to sell the place, its exterior will be the first image they encounter while browsing the website.
1. Pay attention to details
Even if you’re working on a budget or want to wrap these works up before the weekend ends, there’s really so much you can do. For instance, you could mow the front lawn, replace your mailbox with a custom one and order a custom house number online. Then, you can invest some extra effort and put a wreath on your front door. All of this will take minutes of your time (except for mowing) and the majority of these investments will be measured in dozens (instead of hundreds) of dollars. In return, you will get a massive improvement for the visuals of your home’s exterior.
2. Do some roof work
One of the biggest surfaces when it comes to your home’s exterior is the roof. It is also a major part of your home’s perceived price. If you have a traditional roof, you can consider some slate roofing work. Ideally, you would replace the entire roof but there is a more frugal alternative. If there’s a visible discoloration only on one area of the roof and you can find the same shingles, it is possible for you to replace just this one part. Still, if you can afford it, it’s far better to just change everything.
Of course, replacing shingles is not the only thing that you can do. Replacing your guttering system is also a good idea, as well as adding some flashing to your roof. This will make it more rain-resistant, as well.
3. Cladding and rendering
Now, if you’re willing to invest a bit more and want to really make this project count, what you can do is consider cladding and rendering your walls. This will make them more resistant to rain, hail, frost, dirt and other unfortunate atmospheric occurrences. It also gives you a way to completely transform the exterior of your home and give it a new look.
For instance, getting stone cladding is far less expensive than making your entire homemade of proper stone and the visual effects will be just the same. The same goes for brick cladding or even timber, if you are aiming for that lodge look for your home. There are so many options for you to choose from here and the most common ones are wood, stone and metal cladding materials. The texture and the overall feel of the home will depend on the finish that you choose. Nowadays, there’s so much for you to choose from.
Previously, we’ve talked about mowing your lawn as one potential solution to your problem, still, you need to think about more than just landscaping. What about shrubs, hedges and other landscaping solutions. The key thing here is not design but maintenance. What you want is for your entire home to seem well-groomed. This means that your main objective is to create a setting that you know you can tend to on a regular basis without getting bored or giving up.
5. Pressure washing the facade
Instead of redoing the entire façade, you could just hire a pressure washer and try to clean it up a bit. A pressure washer can scrub years and decades off the façade in no time. It is also possible for you to wash your pavement and driveway, while you’re at it. In other words, in a matter of an hour, you can completely transform the visuals of your own home. It is a win-win scenario if there ever was one.
The last thing you need to understand is that your curb appeal is something that needs to be maintained. You need to primarily take care of the landscape, seeing as how it can overgrow rather quickly if ignored or neglected. Then again, there are some projects (like cladding and roofing) that will give you an effect for years and decades to come, once completed successfully. Combining all of these ideas is the best way to get a complete result.
This guest post was graciously provided by Ron Wolf. Ron is a hobby designer and a DIY enthusiast, and, above all, a very blessed father of two. Besides that, he has a strong passion for writing. He is a featured blogger at various blogs and magazines in which he shared his research and experience with the vast online community. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family. Hiking, bike riding, and BBQing are always a thing for him. In the evening, he likes to watch documentaries or build something with kids in their lego corner.