Time is marching on and despite no longer feeling like this move is ‘meant to be’ (we lost the house we felt was fate), it does seem that this is going to be The One. I can’t help feeling a little despondent because it’s not the one that felt right from the beginning. But, onwards and upwards – and it has many positive aspects. One of the things we’re less enthralled about is the fact that the outside is a little bit…plain. Of course it’s inside that really counts, but nonetheless it would be nice to come home to a house that’s appealing to look at! So I’ve been giving some thought to how to make the outside of your house more attractive – and one of my favourites on the list happens to already be ticked off our list!
How to Make the Outside of Your House More Attractive
Upkeep and Maintenance
Before looking at any bigger jobs on the list, the first thing to consider – and which can make a huge impact – is any required maintenance. For example, do any fascias and soffits need painting or even replacing? Does your driveway need to be weeded, or any there tiles missing from your roof? All of these little jobs which are too-easily ignored can add up to making your home look tired. A little time and money putting these things right will give a better first impression plus, as they’re important chores to keep on top of, you can consider them an investment.
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Loose slabs or overgrown borders can lead to front gardens looking less than their best. Correcting this can be as cheap or expensive as you choose to make it: weeding and pruning will cost nothing but hard work, while a brand new driveway can cost thousands. Either way, some TLC will make a huge difference.
You can completely transform the appearance of a house by rendering all or part of it, and it acts both as a protective coating as well as being decorative. Costing in the region of £5000 for a typical family home, this is a big expense – but it potentially has the biggest return in terms of aesthetic.
Replacing windows is not cheap, but if your frames are old or your windows have blown then it may be a worthwhile investment. As well as new windows smartening up the outside of your home, double glazing is more energy efficient than single glazing. And if I was going to have new windows fitted, my personal preference is for lead windows! And this is the one our new home has already, which I love! Lead windows are just as strong as uPVC, but lend a traditional look to an otherwise modern house. If you’re in the market for new windows, check out a price comparison site for quotes.
Finally, the quickest and easiest way to update the outside of your house is to instal hanging baskets of vibrant flowers, and add evergreen plants in strategically placed pots. If you do nothing else, this alone will brighten even the dullest building. When we move we’ll definitely be looking to add colour in this way.
My final bonus piece of advice – which may or may not be welcome – is to keep your car clean! If you’re wondering how to make the outside of your house more attractive, these are great starting points.
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