If you have been living in the same home for many years, chances are that it will be starting to show its age. Our homes take a beating from the weather throughout the year and the natural wear and tear on roofs, walls, doors and windows soon add up.
If you are starting to find your home is beginning to look a little tired or run down, below are some simple, easy and cost-effective ideas for bringing it back to life and restoring a little more shine to your house.
Replace or restore your front door
Your front door is one of the first things visitors see when they come to your house so restoring or replacing a door can be a great way to make an immediate impact. Even the simplest and smallest repair tasks can make a huge difference. For example, if the paint is chipped, scratched or marked, think about freshening things up by adding an extra coat. Alternatively, if you have wooden doors, you might want to think about stripping back the paint to restore the door to its previous wooden glory then treating the wood for durability.
Change the fittings on your door
Changing the fittings on a door can make it look like new again in an instant. Think about replacing door handles, locks, letterbox, draft excluders and so on. Also, if the door squeaks, you could consider changing its hinges to restore its effortless, silent action.
Do a little landscaping in your garden
The space around your home has a huge impact on its overall aesthetic appeal, sense of order and attractiveness. A well-tended garden tends to suggest a well-ordered family that takes pride in their home. Landscaping ideas do not need to be complex – even just adding some carefully placed shrubberies, bushes, plants or flowers will make a huge difference and can also provide a natural fence or boundary around your garden.
Add a fence to keep little ones and pets in and unwanted intruders out
Adding a fence to your home will not just improve its overall aesthetic appeal – it will also provide a boundary to prevent your kids or pets from straying and also keep out unwanted intruders. Fences these days come in a huge range of styles – everything from traditional wooden fences to more contemporary and greener options like an eco-friendly fence.
Add shutters to windows
Shutters on windows completely change the look and feel of a home and will also improve your sense of privacy while indoors. For the best results, choose a style and color that naturally fits with the existing features of your home.
Paint the exterior of your home
When it comes to changing the look and feel of a home, nothing has such an immediate and comprehensive effect as changing its color. Depending on the construction, adding a lick of paint to the outside of your home can make it look like a completely different property. Play it safe with earthy tones and whites or go all out with bolder colors like tones of red or blue.