By Phyllis Zerkle | Dec 02, 2016
Every home needs a little makeover now and then. The outside of your home is the first impression for everyone who visits. Over time, you grow used to the way your home's exterior looks, and new visitors may notice a tired looking façade even when you don't. Here are seven simple ways to refresh your home's curb appeal without spending a lot of money.
Pressure wash – A clean exterior looks brighter and fresher. Pressure wash the exterior or hire someone to do so for you. Be sure to include the windows and clean the gutters out, too.
Paint the front door. Your front door should coordinate with the rest of the colors on your exterior, but should not match the other colors exactly. Choose a color that will pop and give your door a fresh coat of paint. Red is popular, and goes well with many color schemes. A stained front door is another option that works well with many exteriors.
Mulch – Adding fresh mulch to your beds and around trees gives your yard a tidy appearance. To keep your beds looking fresh, mulch at least twice a year.
Plant some flowers. Of course, what and when you can plant depends on where you live, but a little addition of color through annuals and perennials can make a big difference in your home's curb appeal. Choose plants that are low maintenance and that last a long time.
Replace worn accessories. Tired, dated accessories like an old mailbox or faded flag can make your whole exterior look a little depressing. Replacing these items with updated versions only costs a little bit, but makes a noticeable difference in how modern your home appears
Maintain the driveway and walkway. Cracks in your walkway and driveway make your home look in disrepair. Fixing these instantly makes your home look better cared for.
Prune the shrubs. Sometimes, we are the last to notice that we've let our shrubbery get out of control. Keeping shrubs pruned to a moderate size keeps prevents your yard from having that "jungle" look.
Of course, to keep your home looking its best, you need to tackle the big items, like exterior painting, and roof replacement when required, as well. However, those big ticket items only come along every decade or so. It's the little maintenance and improvement items like those mentioned above that really keep your home looking in tip-top shape, so be sure to stay on top of these to ensure you have a house you're proud to call home.
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