How To Give The Exterior of Your Home A Major Facelift

Posted on Sep 5 2015 - 1:09pm by Johnny B

You might be looking to sell your home in the near future. You might be in the middle of a DIY craze for the end of the year. You might even have some free time on your hands and just want to get your house in tip top shape because, well, just because! For whatever reason you might have for giving your home a makeover, the exterior will always be an integral part of your DIY project. Furnishing a house with that sought-after level of ‘curb appeal’ makes up the brunt of projects reserved for most seasoned veterans of housing design. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it your personal DIY project of the year. Thankfully, here are some tips on how you can give your house a facelift:

Repaint your walls

This should come into mind fairly quickly, since the age of your house is directly reflected by the condition of its walls. Ideally, giving your walls a fresh coat of paint should be done every year. If by any chance you haven’t done any repainting yet, it’s best to go with trusted neutral colours that are versatile throughout the year like creams, beiges, and different shades of white. Remember, it’s good to stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood, but not like a sore thumb.

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Spruce up your front yard

When people drive or walk past your house, the first thing that they see will always be your front yard. In other words, what will be most visible is how much you care for and maintain your front yard. To make it a tad more appealing doesn’t require hiring a landscape architect. Just picking up the garbage, making sure that the lawn is neat and trimmed, and planting a shrubbery artfully here and there will do loads to up your exterior’s appearance. A quick tip: Customizing your mailbox in a tasteful manner will make your home both attractive and memorable.

Replace the windows

Windows can add a huge amount of character to a building, and the style you choose can either make or break your home. Whether you want decorative and traditional, or minimal and contemporary, it makes a lot of sense to replace your windows. New windows can let more light in, keep drafts and moisture out and increase home security. Fiberglass window replacement is the best option if you need durable windows to withstand the elements, whilst they’re also tough so offer more protection from break-ins.

Fix your front door

Let’s say you have visitors over, and they make it past the sheer awesomeness of your front yard. The next thing that welcomes them would be your porch. Specifically, it would be your front door. Make sure that it is up to par with the rest of your exterior by painting it in a vibrant colour that also matches the rest of the exterior. A little bit of trim here and a little bit of spraypaint on the door knob there; and you’re all set! Looks may be important, but they certainly aren’t everything. Check that your door is not the victim of cracked surfaces and rusty or malfunctioning hinges. In case it is, then a bit of elbow grease is in order or it could be time to consider replacing your front door with a new one. By visiting Doors Plus, for example, homeowners should be able to find a new door that improves their curb appeal. Hopefully, that will make a huge difference to the house. In addition to your front door, you should also be thinking about your garage doors, after all, when you or someone else steps up to your house they look at the full view, not just one little section. Sprucing up your garage doors is just as easy as your front door especially if you hire a service like The Overhead Door Company to come and fit any new doors in or do any repairs.

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Retile your roof

Now this might be a bit out of DIY territory, so a strong suggestion would be to hire an expert to do this job for you. Now even though it’s not a task you can do all by our lonesome, retiling the roof of your house still has a great effect on the overall look of your exterior. Even with that fact in mind, most people neglect their roof up until it falls into disrepair. Hiring a professional doesn’t meant that you become hands-off in this aspect of the project. Choosing the right materials, such as lightweight roofing tiles, is still entirely up to you.

What are your thoughts on the tips above? Do you have any exterior design tips that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!