How to Improve the Outside of Your Home

When you look at the outside of your home you want to see something appealing to your senses and sight. It is always not easy to maintain the outside of your house, but by improving the image of your home on the outside, you in turn increase the value of your property. This will be beneficial to you, should you decide to sell your home at some point in time. To improve your home and its value, it is important to look at every aspect of your house. Here are some tips to help you get started. Before spending thousands of dollars on plants and gardening make sure you start with the basics first.


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    Pay attention to the roof of your house. The roof is a major part of your house and is often neglected when it comes to home improvement. Make sure that there are no missing tiles and that the roof is sealed everywhere. A fresh coat of roof paint is never a bad idea. Also check the gutters making sure there are no blockages or cracks.
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    Take a look at the gates. If there are wooden gates a fresh coat of varnish will make them look as good as new. If you have electrical gates make sure they are operating properly. Check the rails of the gates and keep them free of obstruction such as grass or plants that are on the way. Iron or steel gates also need a fresh coat of paint every now and again.
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    Check window and door frames. Make sure there are no cracks or chips. Wooden frames should be varnished or painted to make sure the wood does not rot or chip. You may consider adding shutters above window frames to protect the wood from the damaging effects of the sun.
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    Fix all cracks on walls and wash walls before painting. Use the correct paint for your outside walls as this will last a good couple of years. All you need is a good roller brush and paint. With some patience this chore can be done by yourself.
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    Check all garage doors. Varnish or paint them as required. The hinges may need to be oiled or greased if they are creaky and movement of the doors become restricted.
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    Test all outside taps. Make sure they are all in a good working condition and there is no drip after closing them. Brass or silver taps can be washed with soap and water to remove dust and grime that accumulates from harsh weather conditions. fixing a leaking tap will also help cut down on your utility bills.
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    Remove any unnecessary rubbish and clean up the yard. Anything that is not being used should be sold or discarded. Outside clutter creates a poor impression of your home and makes your property look untidy and unkempt.
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    Clean the outside windows if they appear dusty and grimy. This can be done by using water and domestic vinegar if other cleaning agents are not available. Sparkling and clean windows improves the overall appearance of your home. Pay particular attention to the windows especially if are living in a sandy or dusty environment.
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    Make sure that grass and garden lawn is neatly trimmed and not overgrown. Wilting leaves needs to be removed and thrown away. Flowering plants need to be adequately nourished and cared for.


  • It is important to get the basics done first and make sure that everything is well maintained and in working condition.
  • Now you can spend more time and money on your garden and lawn to create the fairytale garden you've always wanted. There is no use in having a beautiful garden against the backdrop of cracked walls and broken windows.
  • Each hint mentioned above can be done with little effort and time. With patience and care, the outside of your can be made to look good.
  • As time and resources become available, each chore can be handled individually until the entire property becomes well maintained.

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