One of the main features of a house is its exterior. After all, it is the first thing that guests or passersby notice and see. Whether you are planning on putting your home on sale or not, improving your curb appeal should be one of your priorities when it comes to improving your property.
However, some might have second thoughts because of the notion that home improvement projects involve spending thousands on hiring contractors and buying supplies and materials. But, don’t fret, experts have listed some of the things you can do your own that will have a significant impact and change on your house’s aesthetics.
Make your front door more inviting
One of the easiest ways of improving your home exterior is by focusing on your main door. Experts suggest repainting, staining, or refinishing it, which will make a huge difference, without blowing your cash.
When deciding on the color, make sure to choose something interesting that will catch your guests’ attention. Select complementary colors so that it will accent your home’s walls.
Clean your sidings
While this project doesn’t really involve remodeling, cleaning your sidings will definitely improve your house’s looks from the outside, especially this winter. Experts highly recommend using oxygenated cleaning products, that are effective, safe, and cheap when cleaning sidings, bricks, or concrete. Homeowners can spray on the solution using a plastic pump-up sprayer and scrub gently using a basic, plastic-bristled cleaning brush.
Install eco-friendly lighting
Now that homes, designers, and contractors are shifting to promote a more ‘green’ approach in remodeling and renovation, one of the best ways to support this cause (and benefit from it as well) is installing solar-powered lamps.
Now, reliable and durable solar lampposts are readily available in the market. This will greatly lower your utility cost, and can be installed with no wirings required. Experts say that the best place for solar lamps is in locations where they’ll get six hours of sun each day, and where they’ll illuminate the walk between the car and the front door.
Refinish your fence, porch, or decks
This is basically your house’s face, so it just makes sense to focus on it when you’re improving your house’s overall exterior look. If you have leftover paint from doing your main door, why not repaint your fences as well? Experts say that one of the most efficient and effective make over ideas for the home exterior is refinishing your deck or fence, as well as your porch.
Before repainting or refinishing, keep in mind that you still need to clean it first to make sure that the new coats and layers of paint will effectively adhere.
Start by applying deck cleaner to the wood, allowing it to sit for 10 minutes before working it in with a stiff, bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly, wait for it to dry, and then apply the water proofer stain or repaint according to your preference.
Here are just some of the DIY exterior projects you can do for your home. However, keep in mind that some projects—like reroofing or changing your windows are not meant to be done on your own. Contact your chosen home exterior contractor to know more about what projects you can do with their help to make sure your property is in its tip-top shape, while looking new and appealing at the same time.