The exterior of a home sets the stage of what people may see inside the interior. How it looks can greatly impact the buyers’ interests if the home is up for sale. But whether you are selling the home or simply want to beautify its exterior for your enjoyment, you can readily enhance its appearance with just a few improvements.
The following are ways to make a better first impression for your home’s external outlook.
Add a Fence
Quality fences can immensely add visual appeal to a home’s exterior. They are attractive and project a sense of privacy and security. Fences add resale value to a home. Many people prefer to buy houses that have fences because they provide protection to pets and little children who may wander away from the property if they are not kept in an enclosed area. Fences also act as a barrier against trespassers. They can deter burglars who are likely to break into houses that do not have any form of defense.
Fences come in various types and not all may go with the existing design of your house. Therefore, it is important to carefully choose when adding a fence to your perimeter. Choices include wood fences, vinyl fences, steel or aluminum fences, chain link fences, and wrought iron fences. You may also use hedges as a fence to beautify your home’s exterior. Hedges can serve a lot of purposes. They can serve as a living fence that not only provides privacy from neighbors and passersby but also an aesthetic addition to a home’s landscaping design.
They can also serve as a sound barrier against the noise that may be produced by passing automobiles. Moreover, they can be used as a windbreaker that can protect the interior property against the harsh and damaging wind. Hedges, though, can become messy if without proper maintenance. Hedge maintenance and preservation is important to keep this type of fence set-up functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
Trim Your Plants
Your lawn and the plants around it can affect the overall outlook of your home’s exterior. If your lawn looks like it has not been mowed for quite some time and your plants look like they need some trimming, people may not have a good impression of your property at all. Regularly mowing your lawn, raking off fallen leaves, trimming bushes and shrubs, and pulling unwanted weeds can greatly enhance your exterior’s aesthetic appeal. A clean look makes a beautiful, landscaped façade that can generally catch people’s attention.
Give Your Driveway a Makeover
The style of your driveway can generally affect how your home can look from the outside. Even if you have a beautiful gate, a driveway that looks like it has been there for ages can adversely affect the aesthetic appeal of your exterior. Your driveway should complement the rest of your home’s façade. If your home has a solid, concrete look, you can make your driveway match the design by using masonry, bricks, or stained concrete. Such a design can give your entire exterior an elegant outlook.
Add Some Color to Garage Doors
Your garage should also have the design of the rest of the home’s exterior. Especially if it is visible from the outside, it should have the same appeal as the other parts of your façade. If the garage door looks like it has taken a beating, upgrade it by adding new paint or replacing it entirely with a new door. You can also add some lighting to make it look more inviting.
Outdoor lights can help deter burglars and trespassers away from your home at night. But this is not their only advantage. Apart from security and safety, lights can also add beauty to a home’s exterior. When installed in strategic areas, lights can accentuate a home’s surrounding landscape, giving it a dramatic appeal.
Lights can also increase the functionality of your home’s outdoor areas. It allows you to use your yards for parties or gatherings during the night. The right type of lighting fixtures can illuminate huge areas in your outdoors, making them ideal for late-night conversations.
Enhancing the appearance of your home’s exterior does not have to be expensive. It requires careful planning, though, and you may have to spend some time to lay out a plan for its improvement. If you already have several plants around your property, you can start with trimming those and cleaning your yard to give it a clean, well-maintained appearance. Cleanliness can immensely add beauty to a property.