5 Ways to Improve the Exterior of Your Home
Touching up the exterior of your home will improve its aesthetics while creating a more enjoyable living environment in the process. And you might be surprised to learn how little work it requires. In your spare time, you can enhance your home’s exterior in the following five ways.
1. Fill in the Lawn
An attractive exterior begins with a full, healthy lawn. If there are patches with brown grass or no grass, sprinkle a combination of grass seed and high-NPK fertilizer over them. According to the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), lawn seeding can increase a home’s value by $500, making it a wise investment. Furthermore, a healthy, full lawn protects against fungal disease. If your lawn is patchy, disease-causing fungi are more likely to take hold and spread, thereby threatening all nearby trees and plants.
2. Replace the Mailbox
Take a close look at your mailbox. If it’s broken or dilapidated, replace it with a new one. The mailbox is one of the first things people see when driving to or by your home. By installing a new mailbox, you’ll set the tone for an attractive curb appeal that speaks volume about your eye for design. Just remember to place your mailbox between 6 and 8 inches away from the curb. If it’s closer than 6 inches, mail couriers won’t be able to pull off the road when accessing it. If it’s farther than 8 inches, on the other hand, they’ll have to drive too far off the road to access it.
3. Pressure Wash
Pressure washing your home’s exterior can make it look ten years younger. Whether it’s made of stucco, vinyl, fiber cement or any other siding material, it will accumulate dirt over time. As this happens, your home’s exterior will turn to a dirty, dark color. Pressure washing it, however, will blast off this dirt to create the appearance of a clean home. The stream of pressurized water — up to 2,8000 pounds per square inch (PSI) — can dislodge even the most stubborn dirt and debris from your home’s siding.
Like seeding the lawn, pressure washing can also make your home more valuable. A report published by The Huffington Post suggests that pressure washing increases a home’s value by $10,000 to $15,000.
4. Repaint the Door
You don’t have to repaint your home’s entire exterior, but you should consider repainting the front door. Front doors are susceptible to fading due to their constant exposure to sunlight and the elements. A front door that was originally painted maroon, for example, may fade to brown. Rather than replacing the front door, though, you can repaint it to restore its original color and sheen.
To repaint your front door, you’ll need to remove it from the frame. Once removed, use a sander to remove the old paint and buff the surface. You can then apply a primer, followed by the new paint. Add at least two coats of paint to reduce the chance of fading. After the paint has dried, reinstall the front door.
5. Add Furniture and Accessories
Finally, you can improve your home’s exterior by furnishing it with outdoor furniture and decorative accessories. If you have a patio, you can furnish this space with chaise lounge chairs, benches, stools and a fire pit. Not only do these items improve the appearance of your home’s exterior, but they also create a more enjoyable and functional outdoor space.
Whether you’re planning to stay in your home for another decade, or if you’re looking to put it on the market to sell, you should touch up the exterior. These five methods can revitalize your home’s exterior to create a clean, modern appearance.