As a homeowner, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the regular maintenance your home requires. Unless looking after your home is your full-time job, there are many tasks that should be done every few months that are often relegated to being performed once every few years – if at all. Taking it easy on home maintenance may give you more free time, but it won’t be long before you realize that your home is looking distinctly worn, and is showing its age in a major way.
If you’re thinking of selling your house, or just want to update your space, making improvements to your home’s curb appeal is a great place to start. Unlike a pricier bathroom renovation or kitchen redesign, there are lots of easy ways you can boost your home’s curb appeal on a budget. You don’t even need to hire experts or rent specialty equipment.
Today, we’re bringing you ten easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.
1. Refresh your front door
Your front door is the most visible, eye-catching feature on the exterior of your home. If it’s cracked and covered in peeling paint, it’s a visible reminder of how much you’ve been neglecting your home. Fortunately, fixing it up and repainting it is a project that can easily be done in an afternoon.
You can choose a neutral colour if you’d like your door to blend in, or a bold, bright hue if you want the door to pop. To finish it off, add matching hardware, then let it all dry completely before you reattach it to the door frame.
2. Replace your lights
Are most of your exterior lights full of spiderwebs and birds’ nests? If so, it might be time for an upgrade. Look for new fixtures that match your home, and make sure to choose ones that can support LED bulbs for a brighter and more environmentally friendly option.
If you want to add more light but don’t want to go through the hassle of installing new outlets for your fixtures, pick up some string lights or solar-powered lanterns to supplement your existing lamps.
3. Add some landscaping
A well-manicured lawn is great, but adding some landscaping can give your house a lot more personality. If you don’t have garden beds already, you can save money by hiring a landscaping company to prepare them, but saving the planting to do yourself.
If you already have garden beds that aren’t in use, what are you waiting for? This handy guide from the Essex Region Conservation Authority will help guide you towards hardy local plants, as well as plants that are beneficial for local bees and other helpful insects.
4. Add house numbers that pop
When you’re updating your home’s exterior, take advantage of any opportunity you can find to add some personality. A great way to do this is through your house numbers. Instead of just reaching for the easiest option you can find, search out numbers that match your home, or reflect the personality of those living within. If you can’t find an option that works for you locally, search through online marketplaces like Etsy for custom options.
5. Camouflage electric boxes and wires
Nothing takes you away from the beauty of a house more than visible wires and electrical boxes. Fortunately, with some carefully placed landscaping elements and paint, you can make these unfortunate-looking necessities blend right into the background.
If your home has lots of visible wiring, consider changing up your lighting fixtures for ones that can operate on solar power, or hiring a contractor to come and move the wires somewhere less visible.
6. Pressure wash your siding
Dirt and grime can build up on your siding so slowly that it can be hard to notice just how gross it looks. If it’s been years since the siding of your house was cleaned, it’ll take more than elbow grease to remove.
Rent a pressure washer from a local hardware store, and take an afternoon to clear away years of dirt, debris, and grime from your siding. It’s a great way to make your home look clean and fresh without having to repaint or repair anything.
7. Remove clutter
Is your yard covered in children’s toys, old tools, or broken branches? It’s a quick way to make your home look messy and unkempt. Uncluttering your yard might only take an hour, but it will make your home look much more inviting. Stash away seasonal pieces, and get rid of furniture, tools, or other large items that are beyond repair. It’s hard to see the potential of your outdoor space if it’s covered in worn furniture and other items that are just taking up space.
8. Redo your walkway
Paths and walkways that are covered in weeds and dirt can make your house look ancient, while loose paving stones and gravel that’s been pushed to the side can be a major tripping hazard. Solve both of these issues with a quick and easy walkway makeover. Pull weeds, fix loose stones, and add some additional visual cues like lanterns and plants to help guide people safely towards your home.
9. Clean your gutters
Blocked, debris-filled gutters aren’t just unpleasant to look at – they’re also a danger to your home. Instead of letting stagnant water build up, make a point of clearing out your gutters regularly. While you’re up there, scrub or pressure-wash the exterior of your gutters so they look bright, clean, and refreshed.
10. Add seasonal planters
Gardens can’t be green all year round. A great way to add some seasonal touches to your home, and make sure that it’s bright and cheerful all year round is to add some seasonal planters. It’s much easier to refresh the contents of a planter than a regular garden plot, and many grocery stores even sell potted arrangements that can be placed in a planter so it looks like you arranged it yourself.
Stock Up on Tools for Your Next Outdoor Project at Duby’s Home Centre
Need to stock up on tools and materials for your next home project? Come visit the team at Duby’s Home Centre, located in downtown Amherstburg. We carry everything you’ll need to refresh your paint, fix broken windows and doors, and decorate the exterior of your home.