Old houses have a natural beauty that makes them extra appealing. Whether you recently bought an old house or a relative gave it to you as an inheritance, the best way you can maintain the property is to do a bit of improvement. You may already have plans in mind on how you can improve the interior. But don’t forget about the outside.
Your exterior matters just as much as your interiors. Aside from the necessary repairs and maintenance, there are a few things you can do to give your old outdoor living space a makeover. Here are some worth investing in.
Keep It Sparkly Clean
So you managed to get the repairs done and even had a few handymen do the maintenance for you. Now, you can start clearing the area out of debris, fallen leaves, cobwebs, and your lawn equipment out of the picture. Anything that does not belong in your outdoor living space, make sure it stays out of the picture.
The best way to keep your exterior clean is to have a place for everything. This usually means having a shed or using your garage to store your gardening tools, lawnmower, or even your outdated string lights you used for Christmas. Once the area is clean and clear, make it look shiny.
Consider pressure washing the exterior of your home, including the driveway, sidings, deck, patio, roof, windows, fencing, and gutters. If you’re not sure how to do this, allow the pros to avoid further damaging your old home. You can also consider giving the house new paint color to complete the look.
Create an Outdoor Seating Area
If you have a bare exterior with nowhere to sit on, this is the perfect chance to add a seating area. This will help you create additional living space outside of your home. This is also a great way to appreciate your exterior while adding value to your home.
Consider adding a patio. These are easier to maintain than wooden decks. Invest in high-quality composite material and you can have a durable patio to use during lazy afternoons or when receiving guests.
Pick a few pieces of outdoor furniture and dress it up with an outdoor rug. Add a bit of outdoor lighting along with some throws and pillows. You can also add a fire pit to make the place a little cozier.
You also have the option to choose between a canopy or awning. If you want a retractable way to add shade to your patio, choose an awning. Canopies are usually freestanding are a good choice if your patio is detached from your home. You can always a company specializing in canopies or awnings to set one up for you.
Spice Up Your Landscaping
There is a reason why houses with beautiful landscaping always attract the attention of home buyers. Your landscaping can serve as visual entertainment both for you, the homeowner, your guests, passersby, and future buyers. The more well-designed your landscape is, the more inviting it is to spend some time appreciate your outdoors.
The good news is, there are many easy ways to spruce up your landscaping. If you have the budget, you can consider hiring professional landscapers to create your dream landscape and maintain it for you. If you only have the budget for the installation and not the maintenance, then choose a low-maintenance landscaping design.
Choose plants that are already native to your local climate. If you like the looks and feel of real grass but have no time to maintain one, you can consider a faux lawn instead. You can also choose xeriscaping with succulents if you have no luck in growing plants.
Update Your Front Door and Garage Door
Many people overlook their doors when improving their homes. When was the last time you gave your front door and garage door a makeover? Neglecting these two doors can impact your curb appeal and your home’s security too.
If you still have a working garage door and front door, opt to paint them instead. Chipping paint is never easy to look at, so make sure you do your research if you plan on a DIY job. But if your doors are begging for repairs or replacement, make sure to choose one that will match your home’s architectural design.
Choose a front door that has more detail, a lot more secure, or allows more light in than your old door. As for your garage door, consider function, affordability, and stability. You want to get the most bang out of your buck, so ask the pros to install a new garage door for you.
Improving your old home’s exterior can help boost its aesthetics, value, and curb appeal. This gives you the chance to breathe new life into your humble home and make better use of your exterior. Know that it does not take expensive updates to transform an old home. With the right projects, you can make your home look new again from the outside.