Looking to freshen up your home for an upcoming event, need to create curb appeal before selling, or just want to give your drab exterior a face lift? There are many ways to go about maintaining the outside look of your home, many of them need not cost you an arm and a leg. Here are 6 simple, cost-effective ways to give the outside of your home the makeover it needs.
Pressure-wash Driveway and Sidewalks
No matter where you live on the Outer Banks, from salt water sprays on the ocean side to midges on the sound, the exteriors of our homes collect dirt and debris. Wash away years of dirt and stains from your driveway and sidewalks with a pressure washer. Use a blower or broom to sweep loose debris from the driveway or sidewalk prior to beginning. After soaking with detergent, use a deck brush to scrub any stubborn stains and push any excess water and debris away from the house. Once the cement is fully clean and dry, consider using a cement sealer or stain to help protect your driveway and sidewalk in the future. Don’t stop there! After finishing the sidewalks, you will want to freshen up your fence, deck, or even your siding and shutters with the pressure washer.
Fresh coat of paint on walls and shutters
Once you have cleaned the outside of the house, you are almost prepped for paint. Why not caulk any gaps on your trim, windows and doors? Next, apply a fresh coat of paint to complete the task and make a huge difference in your homes curb appeal. You can repaint the original color for a refresher, or go bold and try a new color. Either way, a fresh paint job is a surefire way to rejuvenate your exterior dramatically. If you are not feeling that ambitious, consider just adding a bright color to your front door to welcome visitors who enter your home.
Trim shrubs and bushes
Keep your yard looking manicured with trimmed shrubs and bushes. You can trim dead limbs any time and remove internal crossing branches that take away from the trees structure. Remove any limbs, leaves or debris that may have gotten trapped in your trees and bushes. Be sure to rake up all trimmings when finished for a clean, sleek appearance that will enhance the overall look of the exterior of your home.
Upgrade Outdoor Light Fixtures
Outdoor lighting really attracts attention to the exterior of your home. Liven up your lighting by upgrading your fixtures for an instant exterior enhancement. Solar lighting is quick and easy to install for instant gratification.
Clean, Repair and Repaint Gutters
Begin by clearing your gutters of any leaves, debris, mud and even mold, for an even flow of water. You can also use the pressure washer here to remove any clogs in the downspouts. Making sure your downspouts are not clogged will prevent a backup, leaving water standing in your gutters which could ultimately cause them to sag and cause a leak inside the house or walls. Secure the gutter spikes, check for leaks, and apply a coat of rust-inhibiting paint for a fresh, streamlined look for your exterior.
For the finishing touch, add a pot of flowers, hanging basket or some blooming annual flowers to your landscaping for a attractive focal point and to bring a smile to your face every time you return home.
Check off these few simple home improvement tasks from your list or call Xpert Home Services to assist and you will have the exterior of your home looking fresh, clean, and welcoming without too much effort and without breaking the bank.