Whether you are planning on selling soon or are looking for ways to spruce up your home’s curb appeal, here are the top ten ways to give your home a fresh, clean look.
Spruce up landscaping
At any time of year, homeowners fall into a rut of mowing and weeding to maintain their landscape. You can brighten up a yard with fresh colors. Add new mulch, flowers or shrubs to make it pop.
If the yard connects to a walkway or driveway, create clean edges with a weed eater or edger. This can create contrast and lines, too.
When the lawn looks a little off color or dry, increase watering and spread a dash of fertilizer to revitalize the color.
Add more lighting
The house should be inviting day or night so add more lighting. Solar pathway lights are great around the lawn or up a walkway.
If front porch lighting looks tired or gloomy, freshen it up by replacing fixtures, changing burnt out lightbulbs and using brighter bulbs.
Power wash walkways and driveways
If you have (or can borrow) a power washer, clean walkways and driveways to give a crisp, clean feel. Blasting away the grime and dirt will revitalize the natural color.
For older or exposed aggregate concrete, test a small inconspicuous area first to ensure the power of the spray won’t destroy the area.
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Add fresh paint
Whether it is just the front door and trim or your whole house gets a fresh coat, new paint adds an allure to make any home attractive.
Different colored front doors are trendy, so pick a color to compliment your house and enjoy a fresh, new look. You can highlight the fresh paint with outdoor decor to tie in.
Adding a cozy chair with matching throw pillows, a new planter with vibrant plants, or a new porch rug to tie in the colors will bring the new look together.
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Clean the roof
Unless a roof is brand new, it can accumulate grime and even grow moss. To give the roof a fresh look and keep it from damaging the shingles, hire a professional to give it a cleaning.
“The average cost of roof cleaning is .15 to .30 cents a square foot so spending a couple hundred dollars to extend its life is actually a great deal.” According to Kim Kovacs, Pataskala Realtor®
Add or clean a fence
To improve the look and maximize the yard space, add a fence. It will add style and security to the property.
If a fence already exists, pressure wash or repaint to revive its look and add a splash of character.
With just over 60% of Americans owning a home, it really is a privilege.
Taking some time to invest in your home and show pride of ownership will keep you appreciating the gift you have been given.