Have you ever looked at the exterior of your house? Of course, you do. In fact, it's likely you see it almost every day. But, one thing you might be overlooking is its curb appeal. It's no secret that most of us lead very busy lives. And that means we don't spend as much time as we'd like improving our exterior decor.
There are many reasons why you ought to do something about your house's exterior styling. Aside from improving its looks, you will lower the risk of burglary. That's because thieves like to target homes they think aren't occupied. Here are my five top tips that you can easily do to improve your home's curb appeal:
1. Paint (or clean) your exterior walls
Houses will either have painted or unpainted walls. If yours aren't painted, you should spend some time cleaning them. A pressure washer with a misting lance won't damage the masonry. For those with painted walls, consider giving them a new coat of paint.
The advantage of either option is that it makes your house look fresh and clean. Believe it or not, it can even help to increase the value of your property!
2. Refurbish your garage
Most people don't think much about their garages. But, they are an extension of your house. You wouldn't live in a house with a hole in your windows, would you? And you certainly wouldn't live somewhere with a broken front door.
With those points in mind, make sure that your garage windows aren't damaged. You should also consider upgrading to a Carteck or similar door. It will both improve the exterior of your garage and improve its security.
3. Stain your fence panels
Aside from your house, people will also notice the look of your fence panels. If yours look unhappy, stain them in the color of your choice. You might think that all you're doing here is brightening up the style of your fences. But, the staining process also helps to preserve the wood. It's something you should carry out at least once a year, and only during the summer.
4. Use a pressure washer to clean your driveway
It doesn't matter whether you've got asphalt or pavers on your driveway. You still need to make sure that it's clean and free of weeds. One of the easiest ways to achieve that goal is by using a pressure washer.
In case you wondered, you can get lance attachments that will stop the dirt getting blasted onto cars! The attachments are like giant radial brushes.
5. Grow some plants
Last, but not least, consider growing some attractive plants outside your home. It doesn't just improve your home's curb appeal. It also helps to raise the profile of your street too. I can guarantee you that some of your neighbors will start doing the same thing too. One could say you're a trend-setter!
Be sure to select plants that are easy to maintain. Otherwise, you'll need to dedicate a lot of time tending to them. Good luck!