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The upkeep on a home can seem quite costly, especially on an older home. Trying to stay on a budget may seem hard, however it does not have to be. Keeping the exterior in good repair improves curb appeal, but also increases the home’s value. There are a few one-time pricey improvements to make, however this will be a great benefit in the long run. Here is a list of ten ways to keep the exterior of your home up to date and presentable.
One of the major problems in curb appeal is having a yard full of weeds and dead plants. Although the rest of the exterior of the house may not be in bad condition, having this unnecessary shrubbery takes the eye away from the rest of the nice home. Weed weekly or monthly and cut or remove any type of dead shrubbery on a regular basis. If your weeds are out of control, consider using weed killer to keep the weeds abate.
Planting flowers and plants adds some color to your overall landscape and exterior home décor. Consider a variety of flowers and roses to brighten up your yard. Mulch regularly around trees, plants, and any other spots where dirt is exposed. Not only does it freshen up the exterior, but it also reduces the amount of dirt being tracked into the home.
Painting the exterior every few years will not only freshen up the house, but also keep it in good condition. Letting wood or other elements of the exterior be exposed to nature, can increase rot, deterioration, and insect infestation. This can lead to leaks and major exterior repairs. So, putting a coat of paint on every few years, is an affordable way to prevent major repairs down the road. Try to choose a color that most people in the neighborhood do not have. This will make your home stand out a bit.
Power wash your home yearly. This is an affordable way to keep your home clean and reduces deterioration and unwanted inspects living in corners. It keeps your paint from staining and becoming overly dirty. If you live a in a dusty area, you may choose to do this several times a year.
Walkways are important for homes. This is where people will be walking to and from your house. It is safer to have a walkway versus people walking through the lawn or on the edge of your driveway. Adding a walkway greatly improves curb appeal and home value. It adds a touch of architecture to your lawn.
Do not be afraid to add some color. Color can be added on the trim, the front door, light fixtures, garage door, gates, and shutters. Choose a color that is not common on your street. This will make your home stand out a little from the rest of the neighborhood.
Lighting not only brightens up the place at night, is also adds character to the house. Add some lighting to the walkway and front entrance. This prevents people from tripping in the dark and deters crime.
The front door is one of the major parts of the house a person will see. This is usually where everybody will be entering and exiting. Having an old front door that is deteriorating or does not close properly also poses a safety risk. Installing a new front day may be a bit costly, but in the long it is worth it. Front doors tend to last 20+ years, with occasional maintenance such as paint.
Installing a new garage door is costly, however greatly improves not only the home’s look but also improves safety and energy efficiency. The garage door will last you many years. Most garage doors need an occasional cleaning and maybe some hardware or a new garage door opener, but overall will be a great investment. It improves curb appeal and your home’s value.
A cluttered yard makes the exterior of the house look messy; this includes both the front and back yard. Remove any necessary articles from the yard, such as trash cans, empty pots, garden tools, and any other items that are not necessary. Have a designated place such as on the side of the house or a small shed in the back yard to store these times. This will improve your curb appeal immediately.
These are a few ways to keep your home looking great and prevent any major repairs from arising. Keeping your home up to date will show people that you care about your home and the neighborhood. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, because this is what improves the home values in neighborhoods.
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