You’ve heard that when it comes to looks, age is just a number – but does the same go for your house? We think so! The best part about giving your house a facelift is that you don’t need to go all “Botox crazy” on it to bring back that youthful glow. All you need to do is give a little TLC to the exterior.
Focus on the front door. Your front door is literally the gateway to your home, so dress it up! First, repair and replace any old or tarnished door hardware. Then clean off any dirt from the door’s exterior and add a fresh layer of paint. For more door makeover ideas, read: Maintain Your Exterior Doors.
Touch up exterior paint. Ignoring worn-out paint exposes your siding to the elements, which can cause warping and sun or water damage. Plus, it creates a “ramshackle” vibe in a big way. Take a walk around the house and look for chipping, flaking or peeling paint. If you see any, do a quick touch up with your home’s original paint colors.
Trim trees and bushes. This is one of the best things you can do to give your home a fresh face. Taking a little time to trim and prune your trees and hedges is a lot like giving your house a new haircut. Plus, it prevents damage to existing plants and encourages healthy growth for future foliage.
Add symmetry to your porch. The human eye loves symmetry, so bring some balance to your front porch. Try adding a few potted plants or outdoor accents to both sides of your doorway.
Clean up the walkway. Your walkway and driveway are easily ignored, but if they’re dirty, the rest of your exterior looks a little less put-together. Grab a bristled broom and do a quick sweep of any dirt, debris or pollen covering your walkway. If you see any oil or grease stains clean them up with cat litter and laundry detergent.