11 Best Ways to Update the Outside of your Home
Every once in a while it’s a good idea to pay some attention to updating the outside of your home. This will not only make sure that it looks good, but it can also increase its value and longevity. A warm and sunny summer is the perfect season to give your property an external makeover.
Don’t know where to start? We’ve put together a list of 11 of the best ways of improving your home’s exterior.
1. Replace the windows
Replacing your old windows with double-glazed, energy-efficient ones is a great way of improving your home. You can find roughly how much you can save money by visiting the Energy Saving Trust website.
2. Setup a Garden Shed
Are you tired of tripping over your gardening tools in your back garden? If so, you might want to consider investing in a garden shed. A good shed will help you organise your tools, keep everything well protected from the rain, and make your garden look tidier.
3. Paint your house
Consider giving your house’s facade a whole new paint job. Choosing the right colour can make your home look brighter, cleaner, and more welcoming. Make sure you choose high-quality paints from professional suppliers such as Rawlins. Inferior paint will only result in the hassle of having to apply lots of coatings. When painting a whole house, you really want to avoid that.
4. Render an unsightly wall
If a paint job won’t be enough to boost your home’s exterior, consider rendering an unsightly wall.
5. Build a conservatory
If you’ve always dreamed of a conservatory, now might be the time to build one. It’s a fantastic way of expanding the space in your house and allows you to sit “outside” even in the rain. It also gives any home a slightly more regal and elegant look straightaway.
6. Add planters to your window sills
The changes you make to the exterior of your home don’t have to cost a lot. You can make a lot of difference by simply adding planters to your window sills. Flowers look inviting, the bees love them, and in winter you can attach fairy lights to them to give them that warm, welcoming look.
7. Paint the window frames
By painting the window frames, you can give your whole house a new look. Why not make a statement and choose a brave colour such as red? It’s important that you take your property’s architectural style into account when choosing a colour, though.
8. Get into landscaping
Why not try your hand at gardening or landscaping this summer? They’re fantastic hobbies and can completely transform the look of your home. Landscape economist John Harris also claims that “[good] landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value.”
9. Turn your garage into a man cave
If you have a garage that’s only used to store rusty tools, then you can do it up and turn it into a habitable room or ‘man cave’. That way the space will no longer be wasted and you have a whole new room at your disposal.
10. Add a porch
Adding a porch can look lovely and is even useful. It can protect you from the elements as you’re searching for your keys and it offers sheltered accommodation for plants, muddy boots, etc.
11. Do up the driveway
Doing up the driveway is a relatively small project that can add some value to your house. Instead of a muddy or old concrete path, you can make your home look more beautiful by using coloured pebbles etc. to adorn the entrance of your property.
There are numerous ways in which you can make your house look more inviting and cared for. Doing some work to the exterior of your house ensures that your home is well-maintained and it might even increase its value. So get busy this summer and start on your property’s exterior makeover.