What is your first thought when you pull up to your home? Is it inviting and make you happy? Or do you pull up and think, “Ugh, I really need to paint/clean up/pull weeds/plant some flowers”?
With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about your house exterior and how you can improve your curb appeal.
Whether you have a budget of $50 or $5000, there are plenty of house exterior projects you can take on this year to make your home the envy of your neighbors. Keep reading for 5 projects to put on your to-do list.
5 House Exterior Projects for Improved Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is usually something that homeowners become focused on when they’re about to sell their home. Don’t just wait until your going to sell to focus on it, though. Curb appeal is important all the time.
It gives you the ability to enjoy a clean and attractive yard and it also will foster a better relationship with your neighbors (or inspire them to up their own home’s curb appeal).
1. Clean Up
Yard clean-up is necessary a few times a year. Pull weeds, trim trees and bushes, refresh mulch or stones, clean out any leaves or sticks in your yards and landscaping, and wash or replace any outdoor items, such as lawn decorations, planters, or chairs on your porch.
A thorough yard clean up doesn’t cost a lot other than your time, but it has a huge impact on how your yard looks.
2. Clean or Paint the Home Exterior
If you have a ladder tall enough and a power washer, cleaning your home’s exterior is something you can do on your own. For a two-story home, it might be time to call in the professionals though. If cleaning the siding or stucco doesn’t cut it, it might be time to pain.
Professional exterior painting can give your home a fresh new look. The pros can paint the exterior, trim, and fix any old or rotting wood, replace missing or damaged siding, and help you pick a color.
3. Plant and Prune
Pruning overgrown trees and bushes and refreshing your landscaping with flowers and plants is an easy and quick way to brighten up your yard. Pick plants that work well in your particular growing area and try to find some perennial plants, which will come back every year. This will save you some time and money.
4. Improve the Lighting
A simple paint job can refresh the lighting outside your home. For a bigger change, consider upgrading the lighting outside your doors or garage. Uplighting in your landscaping and path lights to line your walkway are easy, DIY lighting jobs you can do for little cost.
5. Perk Up Your Lawn
Make sure your lawn is lush and green. Keep it raked and free of leaves and sticks, aerate it, fertilize it, water it regularly, and keep your lawn mower on the appropriate setting for the time of year.
Based on where you live, there are certain things you should do for your lawn each season to keep it looking its best.
The Bottom Line
Don’t ignore the curb appeal of your home until you want to sell. Make sure your house exterior is in top shape all the time so you get to enjoy it.
If you find that you simply don’t have the time for exterior projects, call in the professionals. We can handle a wide variety of jobs, including painting, carpentry work, window and screen repair, and more. Contact us today for a free estimate and to see how we can help you.