When people drive by your home or visit your home, they are sure to notice its curb appeal. The impression your home gives to others may be their first impression of you, so it’s important that your home look its best. Follow these simple tips to beautify your home with ease.
Keep your shrubbery, trees and bushes looking their best by giving them a thorough trimming in the fall and the spring and keeping up with renegade branches throughout the year. Just taking a stroll around your yard with a pair of clippers weekly can make a big difference in the appearance of your trees and bushes.
Keep your siding, porches and decks clean and tidy by using a power washer at least once per season. If you don’t want to invest in purchasing a power scrubber yourself, you can rent one at a local rental center, or you might want to share the cost of purchasing one with a neighbor.
You can perk up the appearance of your entire house by keeping your trim and doors freshly painted. Adding attractive door decorations to be changed with the seasons is also a nice touch.
You can purchase easy-to-install solar lights to light up your pathways and stairs for a very reasonable price. This type of lighting can be purchased at any garden center for an affordable price. Mounted on stakes, you simply push the individual lights into the ground where you want them positioned, and let them soak up the sun for well lit paths and stairways at night.
Be sure your welcome mat looks welcoming! Don’t leave a shabby, dirty, scraggly welcome mat lying on your front porch. Be sure that the mat you have is clean, and when it becomes too old or damaged, be sure to replace it.
Don’t let your shingles and gutters get out of control! Take a stroll around your house every week and look up at your gutters and shingles. If you notice loose shingles or wobbly gutters, get out your ladder and repair them right away. If you keep up with them, it will be easy to keep them in good repair.
Fix damaged steps and walkways right away. Whenever you notice a rough spot in your path, on your steps or on your porch, be sure to repair it or have it repaired as quickly as possible. If you are not able to fix the tripping hazard immediately, be sure to mark it clearly to avoid injury to yourself or your guests.
Keep the area under bushes and in your flower beds attractive and weed free by keeping a fresh cover of mulch over the soil. This will discourage weed growth and retain moisture to keep your plants and shrubbery healthy and happy.
If you have natural wooden decks and porches, be sure to keep their surfaces waterproofed with a high quality exterior stain and sealant. By keeping the wood sealed against the weather, you can extend its life and keep it looking beautiful.
Check all metal fittings and frames for rust, and remove it as quickly as you see it. Keep steel wool and a rust remover on hand to clean rust away quickly. Treat all metal surfaces with the rust proof paint at least once a year.
Keep on top of these little jobs to have a home you can feel proud of and enjoy showing off to your friends and family. By making a weekly inspection of your home’s exterior and attending to small maintenance projects as they occur, you can keep your home looking spic and span all year round with very little effort.