Most of us are concerned with keeping the interior of our homes beautiful, but when it comes to the exteriors, these areas can tend to get a little neglected. The exterior of your home is what makes the first impression, and if your house proud, you’ll want this to be a good one! You might be selling your home or just looking for a few tips to give things a spruce. Either way, these five simple tips will come in handy.
A fresh lick of paint
There’s nothing that makes a house look more shabby than a dull and old paint job. A good coat of paint can help to protect your walls by sealing in the moisture and preventing any cracking. Why not take a chance to try a new bright colour to give your house some wow factor? Whichever colour you decide it’s a good idea to hire in an exterior painter to do this for you. Trying to paint the exterior of your home yourself can often go wrong pretty fast (it’s not as straightforward as painting a room inside)!
Check your roof and gutter
Now that winter is upon us; it’s essential to have a check of your roof and gutters. Take a ladder up there and have a good look over your roof. Any shingles that are cracked or curling will need to be replaced. Leaving issues like this over time will only make them worse and end up costing you more money in the long run. Clear the leaves out of your gutters and check for any damages. Keeping on top of such problems will ensure that you don’t experience any leaks throughout the winter.
Look after your plants
Now that it’s getting colder, you’ll need to look after your plants properly to protect them. Buy yourself some mulch and add a layer of around 3inches. Water everything regularly because wet soil can hold heat much better than dry soil. It’s a good idea to invest in some blankets to cover your plants with overnight. Just remember to remove them in the morning as you may suffocate the plants if you leave covers on in the day time. Another thing that you can do to protect your plants in the winter is to invest in a heat lamp for outdoor use.
Check your windows and doors
If there are any drafts in your windows and doors, you’ll really notice this in the winter time. It’s a good idea to seal any gaps yourself or call in an expert if the job is too big to take on. If you have drafty windows and doors, your bills will skyrocket, plus you’ll be wasting energy too. With an increased pressure on our environment, it’s essential to stay as green as we can.
Stain your fence
Painting your fence with a stain can help to protect the wood and reduce damages. Before you apply the stain, you’ll want to ensure that you scrub your fence to get rid of any dirt and debris. If you prefer to paint your fence, bold colours can really brighten your mood on a drab winters day! Stains are more subtle, and you’ll still be able to see the wood effect, but if you want something a bit brighter-buy a few paint options and have a test!
Clean your driveway
When was the last time that you cleaned your driveway? It really is one of those tasks that is often neglected! It’s a good idea to use a power washer to do this. Once you’ve got everything nice and clean, you’ll really notice the difference. It only takes a few simple cleaning tasks for the exterior of your home to look amazing again. If you know that you’ll get snowy weather, it’s an excellent idea to pre-grit your driveway. Slips and falls are common and preventable accidents by merely investing in a little grit.
Invest in ornaments
The winter weather can leave our plants and lawns looking a little drab. For this reason, it’s a good plan to invest in some ornaments to keep things looking lovely. There are plenty of beautiful and affordable things out there to spruce up your garden. If you’re looking to save money, you could try some second-hand stores to see what kind of deals you can find.
If you’re putting your home on the market, these simple tips can really help you to make your place look beautiful and appealing. If not, your neighbours will at least be very impressed! Once you’ve got everything perfect it will feel like a brand new home!