Home Improvement

3 Effective Exterior Home Improvements

Whether you are looking to sell your home soon or just want to breathe some new life into your home’s exterior features, there are some great options to consider which don’t have to break the bank. If you are planning to put your home on the market you must consider that first impressions count, and what your prospective buyers see when they first pull up to your home can make a huge impact before they have even entered your property. Tasteful and stylish outdoor home improvements really give your home a certain wow factor and definite “curb appeal.” Here are just three of the top outdoor home improvements you can undertake to add style and class to your home exterior.

1. Upgrade your front door

Whether you are welcoming guests into your home or showing prospective buyers around, the front door and entrance area to your home is one of the most important aspects of the property’s exterior. It makes sense to consider that an old or worn-out front door subconsciously gives visitors the impression that your house is cheap or uncared for and can immediately allow them to make assumptions about the rest of your home. Thankfully, this can easily be rectified with the purchase of a new front door if the current one is long past its best, or simply a fresh coat of paint if the door is simply looking a bit the worse for wear and needs a little TLC. To give your entrance a truly elegant touch it is well worth installing a plastic canopy. This will protect guests and visitors from the elements and a variety of styles are available which will suit the frontage of any home.

2. Landscape your garden

The green areas around your property can be dramatically transformed with some carefully planned landscaping and a little bit of design flair. If you are planning to sell your home, it is worth remembering that a well-designed and cared for garden can add between 5% and 20% to the overall value of your home. Even if you do not plan to sell your home, a well-designed garden is a pleasure and provides a beautiful place to relax and unwind during the summer months. A key design idea when planting is to opt for hardy perennial plants that will bloom year on year and ideally give bursts of colour through every season. Remember that pathways around your garden do not necessarily need to be perfectly straight and crossing the shortest distance. Pathways that bend around key garden features can be exceptionally eye catching and stylish garden features. 

3. Replace your driveway

Your driveway is another key exterior feature that guests, and prospective buyers will see immediately. If it is full of potholes, it will cast doubt on the condition and design of the home itself, whereas a well laid or designed driveway that is in good condition can speak volumes about the quality of the home in general. If you are considering upgrading your drive way, there are a variety of different materials that can be used. Popular choices include asphalt, block paved and gravel driveways. The key is to pick a surface that is both durable and complements the overall character of your home. 

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