Exteriors Outdoors

Tips to Freshen up Your House’s Exterior

Owning a backyard or any outdoor living space for that matter is a huge advantage for every house owner. However, after a few years, you will grow tired of looking at the same color of the fence, the same floor tiles and the boring hue of the picket fence. Your yard and the house’s exterior will benefit from a freshening up now and then. In order not to lose too much time and money, you should know a couple of tips that will help you breeze through the whole process.

Arranging the flower pots

When you think of flower pots you probably think of houseplants that you keep inside the house. In general, this is true but even during the winter months, they are visible on the window sill from the street. It may not seem as much but attention to such details is what makes you a good homeowner. Arrange the pots by color and size or even group similar pots together. This way, your exterior will give put the impression that everything is in perfect order inside the house as well.

Boosting curb appeal

Speaking of the way your house looks from the street, boosting curb appeal should be a top priority! The front façade is what most people will see on your hose, strangers and friend alike. That is why a new paint job would not hurt, neither would a fresh layer of paint on the front door. Needless to say, the grass should be trimmed and the driveway clear of any debris. You can use some old bricks to mend the pathways so the enter entryway looks as if from a fairytale.

Another improvement that can help your house really stand out is the house number. Get outside and sure that it’s clearly visible from the street, even for those people who are merely driving by. After dark, the number should be lit up in some way. Best are LED lights that are mounted behind the number plate, so they illuminate a section for the façade as well. Coupled with lampposts on the driveway, your house will be the talk of the town because of the lux it generates!

The benefits of a shade sail

You can freshen up your house exterior all you want but unless it is fully functional, the whole effort will be in vain. It is clear what functions a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen or a patio might have but you want some extra protection from above as well. It will come in handy during the hottest months of the year when staying outside is virtually impossible because of the blistering heat.

In order to use the backyard during the hottest part of a summer day, shade sails are the ideal answer. There are several types, as made by Shade Solutions QLD of shade sails, such a retractable, poll, and even custom-made ones. In general, they are triangular in shape, but in reality, you can design them and order them in any shape and size you wish. The fabric they are made from fully stops UV rays from penetrating the sail.

Mulch and flowerbeds

Even if there aren’t trees inside your garden, you should get mulch. It can be used for flowerbeds, which we are sure you own and have created yourself. Multicolored mulch can be purchased at the nearest garden center for next to nothing. The alternative is to create your own mulch from tree bark. Mulch does not only have an aesthetic function as it actively prevents weeds from appearing in your garden. Ironically, a well-nourished garden and soil are the ideal breeding ground for all sorts of weeds.

Sprucing up the roof

Having mentioned functionality over appearance, there is no section of the house that you want to perform its duty than the roof. Any failure of the roof’s structure could cause water damage that can set you back thousands of dollars. Grab a pair of ladders and inspect the roof for damage and leaks.

Be sure to double-check the flashing for any ruptures and check if there are any cracked tiles. If the gutters are obstructed by leaves, grab a rake and clear all the debris so water can flow freely. Once you ensure that the roof is 100% functional, feel free to install a stylish gutter anchor that will go well with the rest of the metalwork on the house.

The final touch: a porch swing

If you thought that the front yard is only for showing off, you were wrong. It too can serve as a venue for having fun just like the backyard. In fact, just a single improvement can turn things around. A porch swing is easy to install and it can be bought ready-made at any home center. Just make sure you bolt it down (or is it up?) tightly and that you match the design of the swing with the one of the house.

These are just some of the ways you can freshen up your house’s exterior regardless of the season. Most of these improvements don’t cost a lot of money so most homeowners can afford them. Of course, before you start building anything, you should clean the house’s exterior. Depending on your total home budget, you can opt for a single improvement or install them all!


Leila Dorari

Leila Dorari is an entrepreneur and freelance writer from Sydney. She’s passionate about home improvement and living better lives by nurturing our surroundings. In her free time, you can find her window shopping or exploring new ways to make her life more meaningful.

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