Despite the fact that the front of our home is seen by everyone, a lot of us still neglect this area. A recent survey that was carried out by Dulux reflects this fact. They discovered that most homeowners had not refreshed the exterior of their house for 8 years or more.
If you are one of them, here are the tasks I suggest you consider tackling to first to give the exterior of your home a makeover.
Spruce up or replace your front door
To stand any chance of making your home look good, you need to have a decent front door. If yours is still in good repair, jet washing it, striping it down and giving it a fresh coat of paint and buying new door furnishings may be all you need to do. But, in many cases, it will be far easier to buy a new one. As you can see from this website there is plenty of choice.
Most modern doors are made from materials that require little or no maintenance. Replacing an old wooden door with one will end up saving you a lot of time and hassle.
Tidy up your garden
Cutting your lawn, raking your gravel, refreshing your mulch and doing the weeding will all make the front of your house look instantly better. But, if you want it to look its best, go that bit further.
Edge your lawn and trim your bushes and trees. Then buy some new plants with the aim of keeping your front garden in bloom for as much of the year as possible. Hanging baskets are particularly good for this. When the weather changes and you can no longer fill them with flowers, you just take them down and stow them away for next year.
Pressure wash everything
A good pressure washer is an excellent investment. It makes all kinds of cleaning tasks a lot easier, for example, getting rid of mould from pathways, driveways, pots, and benches. You can also use it to clean plastic guttering and facia stood.
Repainting your windows, door frame and garage door will also make a huge difference to the overall appearance of your home. If you have a wood fascia, paint those too.
Update your garden ornaments
When it comes to garden ornaments and pots, we all have a tendency to not move with the times. Our living room may be decorated in the latest style. Yet, the sundial in the garden was likely there 20 years ago, when we moved in is still there.
Of course, there is no harm in hanging onto your favourite garden ornaments. But, it is a good idea to periodically cast a critical eye over things and think about replacing them. If you really do not want to do that, see if you can refresh them. Sometimes a statue will look far more interesting and modern if you paint it or light it up in some way.
There are quite a few YouTube videos and how to articles that explain how to clean and refresh garden ornaments. So, restoring and freshening up that old bird bath or statue is something most of you will easily be able to do.
Stay on top of things
Once you have done all of the above, put aside one or two mornings a month to stay on top of things. If you do that keeping the front of your home looking presentable will be a lot easier.