The warm weather has finally arrived! While that means soaking up the sun and spending time with friends and family, it also means getting your home into tip-top shape. Here are some tips on improving your home’s curb appeal this summer:
- Upgrade your door
Your door welcomes your guests to your home. Updating your paint colour will make a huge difference for your curb appeal. If you don’t want to spend the money on paint, giving your door a good scrub will also do the trick.
- Add some colour with flowers
The problem with living in Canada is that for a good chunk of the year, the world is white. Add some colour to your home by installing planter boxes, hanging flower baskets, or adding flower beds to your front lawn or under trees. The pops of colour are inviting and fun. And it’s a relatively inexpensive way to completely change the look of your home.
- Power wash
A power washer is a magical thing and can easily transform your home from dingy to brilliant. Wash grime off of siding, clean off the deck, get oil-stains off of driveways, and clean up faded walkways. You’ll be amazed at what you can uncover!
- Paint or replace siding
If the power-wash to your siding shows chips in your paint or other unsightly problems, your siding might need a new paint job or a complete replacement. Upgrading your siding will completely transform the look of your home and help protect it.
- Change your house numbers
Your house number is pretty important—it ensures that guests and pizza delivery guys can find you. Replace old, faded, and dingy house numbers with ones that better reflect your personality. Not only will people be able to see them from the road, but your house will get a surprising facelift from the change.
- Replace or upgrade exterior lighting
Like house numbers, light fixtures can get worn and tarnished. Replace old fixtures with some new, modern ones. If replacement is out of your budget, you can also get a can of spray paint for a cheap way to give your fixtures an upgrade.
- Clean your windows
Cleaning your windows can make a dramatic change to both the outside and inside of your home. You’ll be amazed by the amount of light that filters into your house when the windows are clean. Take a few hours to wash your windows and clean your screens, and you’ll be smiling all summer long.
- Do some landscaping
If you have the time and the money, consider doing some advanced landscaping. Fixing chipped or uneven walkways, adding edging to flowerbeds and driveways, and planting trees or large shrubs can really upgrade the look of your home. Even smaller changes to the landscape like trimming back trees and bushes, adding in new flower beds, and repairing decks or fences can make a big difference to the curb appeal of your home.
Whatever upgrades and improvements you make to your home this summer, make sure they are done safely and that they help protect your home in the long run.
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