Simple Exterior Fixes To Help Improve Your Curb Appeal

Posted on: 25 October 2017

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Whether you're just hoping to make your home more inviting or if you're planning on selling your home soon, investing in curb appeal is always a good idea. Curb appeal helps to make a neighborhood more inviting, and it also attracts more buyer to your home if you're selling. 

Here are some simple things you can do to make your home exterior more beautiful. 

1. Upgrade your front door.

If you have a basic fiberglass exterior door that has no windows or character, consider replacing it with a door that adds some character. A wooden Craftsman style door would look really nice on an older home if you're restoring it after years of poor "upgrades." If you have a ranch style home, why not look at doors that offer a view into the home through a stained glass or etched glass panel? Newer doors also have a practical advantage: they are more energy efficient. 

2. Clean or refinish your siding.

Siding is not something you think about much, especially if you a low-maintenance steel or vinyl siding. However, siding can start to look grungy without you realizing it, since the dirt simply builds up over time and you get used to seeing your house look a certain way. Take a bucket of soapy water and sponge and wash a small section of the siding. You'll find that you have a brighter, more beautiful siding hiding underneath previously unnoticed grime. You can wash siding with a garden hose and telescoping brush, or you can use a power washer, but make sure the power washer is on the lowest setting and never angle it up under the siding. 

If you don't have vinyl siding but instead have wooden, old aluminum, or composite siding, you might consider a paint job. Painting is part of regular wooden siding maintenance, but if you've been putting it off, your siding can have chips, cracks, or flakes that make your exterior look neglected. Painting makes old siding look new again and it also helps to make sure your siding stays in good condition for longer. 

3. Wash exterior windows.

For some homeowners, washing exterior windows can actually be a big job, but it's a simple one that will make your home shine. It might mean you have to remove storm windows and get on a ladder outside if your home doesn't have newer double hung windows that you can clean from the inside. If you windows are wooden, you can remove any paint smears on the glass with a razor blade to make your windows have a more finished look. 

4. Plant some flowers. 

Even if your keep your trees trimmed and your grass cut, your home might still be a blank slate, not grabbing the notice of people who are passing by. Clever and beautiful landscaping can make all the difference when you are improving your curb appeal. Plant some flowers in planters for a splash of color. if your home style allows it, put window boxes underneath front windows to add more cheer to the front yard.

If you aren't much of a gardener, simply purchase some large flower pots and place these on a front porch or on either side of the front door. 

If you have large trees that really obstruct the front view of your house, consider having the tree cut back or even removed to really open up the yard and let people the see the house. This will also allow more light through the front windows. 

For more ideas on how to improve exterior curb appeal, contact an exterior door company near you.