If you pull up to the front of your home and are dismayed by its appearance, you are not alone. Many homeowners are displeased with their home’s curb appeal and would love to have a home that is the envy of their neighbours. Your home’s exterior also impacts property value and how inviting your property is to guests. As important as it is to have a beautiful home exterior, creating an appealing façade is often easier said than done. The good news is you may take your home’s exterior appeal to a new level by focusing your attention of some of these thoughtful home improvement projects.
Updating the Landscaping
Landscaping is one of the first things that people may notice about your home. It is a large and obvious feature that must be stunning for gorgeous curb appeal. Ideally, your landscaping should correspond well with your home design. For minor issues, you may be comfortable tackling this project on your own. However, you should create a thoughtful plan before doing any work to your yard rather than tackling the small project haphazardly. By coming up with a detailed and effective plan you will ensure that you have a cohesive and appealing backyard. A do-it-yourself project is easy to plan and you may use affordable features in your yard design to save money. The cost of having your lawn designed by a professional can potentially cost you thousands depending on the scope of the project. Minor projects may be completed with a shovel, rake, hoe and other common features. If retention walls or other special features are required, you may need to rent or purchase specialised equipment.
Improving Gardens and Beds
You may determine that your landscaping design is ideal, but your grass may appear to be in poor condition. In addition to fertilising the lawn and ensuring that the grass is lush and healthy, update your gardens and flowerbeds. A garden should ideally have native vegetation that is easy to maintain. It should be free of weeds and have mulch or another type of covering across the surface. If you plant perennials in your garden, understand that these will need to be replaced regularly to maintain a healthy, vibrant look in your front yard. Depending on the size of your gardens and the type of vegetation that you choose, you may be able to complete this project with an investment of a few hundred pounds or less. A spade, shovel and hoe are typically the only tools that are needed to update your flowerbeds and gardens.
Adding Hardscape Features
Hardscape features are permanent additions to your space, such as paved walkways and stone borders around your flowerbeds. These features can add character to your home’s exterior. They also can make it easier for you to care for your lawn since people will be using a walkway and there’s less risk of any damage happening to your lawn. Some features, such as flagstones or brick pavers, may give your home’s exterior a more manicured and welcoming look. Many homeowners can install flagstones and brick pavers on their own, but this can be a tedious and strenuous project. The cost of a do-it-yourself project is directly affected by the type of materials that you select and the size of your project. Some materials may be placed in leveled sand or surrounded by small pieces of gravel. Others may be laid in concrete. If you hire a contractor to complete this project, the scope of the project will also impact the cost. However, even a small hardscape installation project may cost several hundred or more.
Painting the Front Door
Your front door is a focal point for the home’s exterior. When people visit your home the front door is often the first thing they notice. Therefore, it’s important to keep it clean and ensure that it’s not chipping. If the paint is chipping people will automatically assume that you don’t care enough about your home’s appearance to keep it looking attractive and presentable. Painting your door is a very simple home improvement project. You may need to strip and sand the door in preparation for the paint and several coats of paint may be required. In addition to adding a fresh coat or two of paint, updating the hardware can further improve your home’s exterior appeal. This project may be completed for less than $100 in some cases. You will need sandpaper, paintbrushes or rollers, an attractive color of paint, ample time to complete the various stages of the project and new hardware.
Washing the Front of the House
Even when you take these steps to create a healthy lawn with a gorgeous landscape design and attractive elements, the home may still look dreary. Over time, the siding, brick, driveway and other surfaces can become filthy and covered in dirt and other type of debris. Washing them is an affordable and generally easy way to improve the look of your home exterior. This project usually only takes a few hours to complete. You may purchase a pressure washer for several hundred dollars, or you may rent one for an affordable hourly rate from a local home improvement store.
Sealing an Asphalt Driveway
If your home has an asphalt driveway, applying a sealant periodically is necessary to keep the material in great shape. Sealing your driveway will erase many signs of wear and tear and can fill in small cracks that may otherwise make your home appear to be poorly maintained. The supplies needed for a sealing driveway project may be purchased for less than $100 in many cases, and this project may be completed within a few hours unless you have a very large surface area to cover. Washing the hard surface before applying the sealant may be a necessary first step in some cases. Also, before applying a sealer to your driveway you should be aware of the weather conditions. If it’s a very windy and cold day outside and you end up receiving some rain as well, you should avoid sealing your driveway. You will get the best results when sealing your driveway if you plan properly and wait for a day in the spring or summer when it’s between 70° – 90° F and there’s no chance of rain for the next couple of days. Also, it’s important that you wait approximately 48 hours for the sealer to fully dry before you decide to walk or drive on your driveway. By planning ahead of time you will end up having a manicured and aesthetically appealing driveway once you’re done sealing it.
Repainting the Trim
Your home’s trim may begin to show signs of wear and weather exposure before the siding or other exterior materials do. With this in mind, repainting the trim can give your home a refreshed look. You may even choose a new color for the trim to change the look of your home’s exterior. If you have a tall home or if you are uncomfortable working on ladders, it is best to let a professional handle this task. Regardless of whether you do the work or a contractor does it for you, you need to ensure that you have the right supplies for the job and then properly prime and paint the trim. If the trim has rotted or is otherwise damaged, the wood may need to be replaced. These varying factors and the size of your home will impact the total cost of the project.
Replacing Outdated Light Fixtures
Outdoor light fixtures may seemingly be small and rather unimportant elements to focus your attention on, but these features often attract attention and can play a major role on a home’s exterior appeal. Many homeowners have the skills necessary to replace light fixtures on their own. If not, you will need to pay a contractor or electrician to complete the installation for you. Typically, the primary cost required for this project is related to the fixtures that you select. You may find many stylish light fixtures available for less than £100 each, but the cost per unit can be much higher. The equipment required includes a ladder and a screwdriver in most cases.
Repair or Clean the Roof
It is easy to overlook the importance of a well-maintained roof as you complete various home improvement projects and focus on aesthetics. However, the roof is a large feature that directly affects home design and appeal. Some roofs can become dirty or end up getting damaged over time so it’s essential that you frequently clean your roof and understand signs that your roof needs to be replaced. This is not a project that you should tackle on your own. It can be dangerous and you may unintentionally damage the roof. Repairing your roof or fully replacing it may be necessary depending on the age and condition of the roof. Due to the scope of the project and the fluctuation in cost, it’s difficult to predict how much a roof project may cost. Requesting an annual roof inspection by a professional will help you to stay on top of your roof and will ensure that your roof is not a detriment to your home’s appeal.
Take the time to assess your home’s current condition with these project ideas in mind. Based on the exterior of your home as well as your available time and budget, you can quickly understand which projects are most feasible and which are not as necessary or urgent.
Written by Julia at House Tipster