Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Homes Exterior

In all the hustle and bustle of our busy daily lives, we tend to forget about our homes exterior until it gets to the breaking point. Sitting in the back yard on a quiet Sunday afternoon, admiring the beautiful blue sky and birdsongs when it suddenly hits you; “How did it get so bad, so quick?”

Don’t worry; we have all been there at some time or another, especially those of us who live in an older home which may require more upkeep. So long as it does not consist of structural damage, sprucing up your homes exterior can be less painful than we might think.

One of the quickest and least expensive ways to spruce up your home’s exterior is with a fresh coat of paint. Over time our homes succumb to the elements, leaving paint peeled or cracked. These cracks accumulate dirt and debris and leave your home looking dirty and old. A new coat of paint will perk up your home and leave it looking cleaner and more appealing. Adding accents such as ‘gingerbread’ type molding, shutters, and other decorations, can also help to make your home look more appealing.

If you have aluminum siding, a simple pressure washing can get back the original look and feel. Be sure to do a full inspection of the siding prior to washing to insure you do not damage an already torn or cracked piece of siding. Make some simple repairs then, get to washing. Within a few hours your home will be as good as new.

If your house itself is not the issue, perhaps it is the perimeter which needs a spruce up. A concrete fence is a new option which many homeowners are choosing as an alternative to traditional wood fence. Concrete and precast fencing systems come in a variety of colors and styles and can be a very cost effective way to add value and beauty to your home and installation is super quick.

Beyond the fence you can look at making some minor landscaping changes to add a pop of color or texture around the yard. Some fast growing trees and shrubs can help add areas of shade and privacy which can help bring character and sense of mystery.

Finally, adding in some unique accent pieces and furniture here and there can give a warm, casual appeal to the eye. Look for one of a kind items which you can spotlight within an established garden. Beautiful collections of items such as flowerpots, teacups, and birdhouses can easily bring in a bit of whimsy at a low cost.

Next time you are thinking about sprucing up your homes exterior, don’t break the bank. A few simple, low cost changes may be all you need.

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