Whether you’re prepping to put your home on the market or just want to give the outside of your home some added ‘oomph’, there are things you can do that will make a world of difference. Read on to turn the outside of your home into the belle of the block.
Paint the front door
Homeowners are pulling out their colour wheels and painting their front doors everything from blue or yellow to red or green. It’s no longer the norm that a front door blend in with the rest of the home’s façade. Neutral shades are being replaced with bright, vibrant colours that bring new life to a tired front entrance. If the next homeowner isn’t a fan of the grape juice purple, all they have to do is paint over it.
TIP: Once the door is off its hinges, give it a good scrub with a wet sponge and a light sanding. Once you have a smooth, clean surface, you’re ready to prime and paint.
New siding or trim
Materials on the exterior of your home become worn down and battered over time. Cracks, rot or chipped paint are all huge turn-offs and may deter potential homeowners from taking the time to walk through your front door. Sometimes all it takes is a new coat of paint, but if it’s more than just cosmetic, new materials may also be required.
TIP: Siding now comes in a variety of materials that vary in price. From wood and vinyl to metal and stone, explore your options and choose a material that works best for your home.
Fresh sod and a few annuals may be all it takes to bring your front yard to life. If your thumb leans more to a shade of brown than green, go for low-maintenance florals and plants that require little grooming. Walkways and doorsteps are beautiful when lined with a delicate path of flowers.
TIP: Freshly laid sod requires immediate watering. For optimal results, water daily until the turf is firmly rooted in the ground.
Soft landscape lighting is not only beautiful, but also added safety and security. Illuminate a walkway, apply a spotlight to the front door, or add fixtures to the front porch. As an added feature, set lights on a daily timer.
TIP: Solar fixtures are an energy-efficient option that requires no wiring. If you’re going this route, keep in mind that the light will not be as strong or as reliable.
A roof that is falling apart is a huge red flag for potential buyers. Take care of your roof before it hits the market so it’s not a deterrent when selling your home. Before winter strikes, be proactive and ensure your roof can stand up to whatever elements come its way.
TIP: Taking care of your roof means also taking care of your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause water to build up and cause your roof to leak. Ensure your gutters are clean and the water is able to flow freely.