Home improvement is one of those oft-forgotten aspects of owning a home that occasionally rears its ugly head and leaves people scrambling for ideas.
Improving the exterior of your home is always something you should consider, for a few reasons. First, it has a huge impact on the value of your home, improving curb appeal. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home, it’s always good to keep home value in mind. Also, a nice home makes people feel better, as staying in a pleasant environment helps us to relax. You should be proud of your home, and a nice exterior is part of that.
So, how can you improve your home exterior?
1 – Give Everything a Lick of Paint
The simplest and often most noticeable way to freshen up the outside of your home is by giving everything a new coat of paint. You can be as imaginative and adventurous as you want, giving your door a new and exciting look. But, you might simply choose to touch up the colours that you already have.
Either way, you can either hire someone to paint the exterior, or you can dedicate a day or a weekend to the makeover and do it yourself.
2 – Add or Improve Your Driveway
Tarmac driveways are incredibly popular due to their hardwearing finish and timeless design. One of the main benefits of a tarmac driveway is that it can be laid on to just about any surface, with appropriate preparation, ensuring your driveway project can be completed in no time. Tarmac drives require little maintenance once installed so you don’t have to worry about weeds growing through which is a common problem with block paved driveways.
A driveway is a great addition to your home, both for house value and simple convenience. Having an off-road driveway will ensure that you always have somewhere to park and provide you with slightly more security.
If you have a driveway or are planning to build one, consider installing steel driveway edging at your home. This edging not only looks nice, providing a neat and clear definition between your driveway and the land around it, but it also makes for a very durable boundary. The steel is strong enough to withstand harsh weather conditions and accidental bumps.
3 – Include Some Greenery
As well as a fresh coat of paint and a shiny new driveway, including some form of plant life is a great way to liven up the outside of your home. People naturally gravitate towards green spaces, and they can bring a lot of character and personality to the house.
If you have a considerable amount of outside space at the front of your home, you can be imaginative with what you do with it. Trees and hedgerows provide a measure of privacy that will allow you to use your front garden to its fullest. You can also include decorations and ornaments to create a wonderful haven.
Even if you have limited space, you can still add some greenery to the exterior of your home. Climbing plants give everything a very quaint feel, and only require a wall and a little bit of attention. They also help to insulate your home, which is a bonus.
If climbing plants aren’t to your taste, then potted plants add plenty of greeny to the environment, but in a more contained and controlled manner. They’re also very easy to maintain, which is perfect for a busy family.
4- Improve on your home security
So this one may not be a visual aesthetic enhancement to your home’s exterior but it could quite possibly be one of the most important on the list. For your own peace of mind, you may be considering your home security. Getting an alarm system from a provider like Verisure often means having an alarm box mounted to the front of your home. Some find these unappealing, but the people who find them most unappealing are burglars. If they know a home has security they often skip past it. That can give you that peace of mind whilst you are not home, especially as you start to do home improvements and give your home that curb appeal.
In addition, carrying out regular checks of your locks is incredibly important. Many people often overlook locks on patio doors and french doors as well as garage door locks. SF Locksmiths recommend the use of Ultion high-security anti-snap locks. Once fitted these locks provide the highest level of defence against lock picking, drilling and bumping providing you with full peace of mind.