Your home’s exterior tells a lot about its interiors, and a home with a good curb appeal is more than the best-looking home in the neighborhood. Like the interiors, the exterior of your home determines your home’s value. You want to take care of the peeling paint, the hideous door, warped windows, and the suspicious siding if you love your home.
And if you’re lucky, you might not have to break the bank to give your home’s exterior a facelift. You should, however, be prepared to hire professionals for some of the exterior works.
Here are some of the affordable ideas for fixing up your home’s exteriors.
· Mix and match the siding
It’s not written anywhere that you home must have one type of siding, and the siding experts agree. When you combine siding materials, you get to highlight your home’s prominent architectural features, and this will only put a small dent on your budget. For example, you should focus on the narrow-tongue-and-the-groove planks because they not only draw attention but also add character to the entryway.
If you have vinyl siding, you should also consider revitalizing it by rinsing it twice every year using a garden hose. And if the siding has been neglected for way too long, rub it down with water and bleach. Avoid the power sprayer though – you don’t want water seeping into this pliable material.
· Dress up your porch
Your home will look fab with a picture-perfect porch. And the best part is that the front porch adds personality to your home with a few architectural details like railings and columns. You should also get aesthetically appeasing brackets, corbels, and spandrels. But don’t forget the porch ceiling – perhaps it could use some beaded board panels and a ceiling fan. Remember that you need to work on creating the most comfortable outdoor living space.
· Dress up the garage
If you wish to de-emphasize your front-loaded garage, you might want to install an architectural arbor just above the garage door. Doing this will add personality to the garage door, and it will also give you space for your climbing plants.
· Repaint the front door
Or install a new front door. Either way, a new or a new-looking door will add to your home’s façade immediately. While a fresh coat of paint does the magic, you should first weigh the pros and cons of paintwork and new installation. And if you decide to install a new door, consider the cost of the door with regards to the material you wish to use. Also, the material chosen should suit your budget and style.
· Light up the night
Surrounding your outdoors with lighting not only enhances the safety and security of your home but also allows you to spend time outdoors at night. Whether you’re hosting a party or dinner or just breathing in the night cool air, lighting goes a long way in enhancing your outdoor spaces. You only need low-voltage lights or even solar-powered lights.
· Create a walkway If you don’t have a walkway from the driveway or a sidewalk to the front door, you’re doing your home a de-service. Walkways and sidewalks add to a home’s curb appeal, and the best part is that it’s quite easy to create a path. You could start with laying parallel garden hoses; these will help you test different placement options. A curved path is also recommended as it adds a great deal of visual interest.