It can be easy for the exterior of your home to look a bit worn after just a few years. Maintenance tasks that need to be taken care of could get put off due to time constraints or the fact that you don’t necessarily notice potential trouble areas every day. If you find yourself in this situation, consider these five outdoor fixes that’ll have your home in tip-top shape in no time:
Clean Your Gutters. Depending on where you live, your gutters may need a lot of help. Take a few minutes to do a quick overview of the condition of your gutters—cleaning them out is a great first step to making them more efficient in getting excess water away from your home. You should also make sure that all the connections are in good condition and that downspouts are secure. Finish up by spraying the gutters down with a quick power wash to restore them to their original color.
Dress Up Your Door. Your front door should look just like that—a front door. Make sure guests don’t have to guess where it is or fight their way through overgrown plants. Instead, dress up your front door and turn it into a welcoming entryway. Consider repainting it with a fresh coat of paint or hanging a seasonal wreath. You could also add some touches like a welcome mat or potted flowers underneath the doorbell. Dressing up your front door is an easy way to add appeal to your home.
Add Some Mulch. Is your yard looking tired? One of the best ways to instantly provide a fresh, polished look to your home’s exterior is to add new mulch to flower beds and around trees. Mulch also offers plants moist insulation to keep them hydrated and helps deter weeds from popping up.
Spruce Up Your Mailbox. You may not think that people notice your mailbox, but it can be one of the first things guests see when they drive up to your home. Make sure your mailbox is secured in the ground and isn’t leaning to one side. Spruce it up by giving it a fresh coat of paint, personalizing it with your last name or adding some flowers around the bottom of the stand.
Install Window Boxes. Adding a few window boxes underneath your front windows is a great way to instantly add interest and natural beauty to your home’s exterior. Choose from a wide variety of window box styles and colors that’ll complement your home. Plant flowers that’ll add pop like daisies, marigolds, or even wave petunias that’ll cascade over the side of the box.
Fixing up your home’s exterior doesn’t have to become a week-long project. These and several other quick fixes could instantly add beauty to the outside of your home.
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