The beauty of having your own home is that you can decorate it any way you want. It also means that it needs to be refreshed from time to time, as paint shades away, things break or simply start looking shabby or outdated.
To welcome the new season well-prepared, here are a couple of suggestions on how to easily refresh your home.
The curb appeal has a great effect on the overall look of your home. It’s easy to refresh it by repainting your mailbox in some bright color or paint the fence and deal with the loose or broken parts.
On the other hand, you can plant new greenery but make sure you choose the right plants – the ones you know how to maintain and which can thrive in the given surroundings. Several shrubs or bushes can make sure the front of your home is green during all seasons while a careful pick of flowers along the paths will give the place some splashes of colors where necessary.
New Front Door
Don’t think that a new front door will be too minor of a change. Take a look at the current door – is it outdated or worn out? Has the color faded out? In case you don’t have the budget to replace them, then repaint the existing doors. Pick a bold palette this time – go for a bright red, yellow or deep green. It will instantly start radiating welcoming energy.
It’s not easy checking the condition of the roof, especially if you’re not skilled at it but there are some things you can do on your own. If you have an attic, go up there and check for any signs of leaks. You will either notice wet areas on the attic floor or small cracks in the roof, so if you do, fix them instantly. Unfixed shingles can be put in their place easily. Also, inspect the plumbing vents for cracks.
Next, you can check the roof from the outside, just make sure you are safe and are using appropriate protection from falls and injuries. If you notice big damage, it’s safer to hire professionals.
The facade of your home has an enormous effect on the exterior look of the house. Depending on your budget, you could consider giving it a new coat of paint. Before you do that, make sure if you need to have professional cement rendering repairs done. External walls hold up the building and prevent external elements from entering your home, so it’s vital the brickwork is at its best state. When you’re done with the facade, finalize the look with replacing old gutters and downspouts so that they don’t spoil the new look.
Some exterior details on the house, such as molding around doors and windows, window shutters, and trim, add interest or ruin the look. Pay closer attention to them and decide if anything needs to be replaced or refreshed.
Other details can do wonders or spoil the whole thing, too. Doorknobs, locks, as well as house numbers, are very cheap to replace but they add that fine touch to the whole picture. They make bigger surfaces look shiny and new like you have replaced the whole thing.
Install a New Porch Light
You may think that installing a new porch light isn’t exactly an important improvement in your home. And you would be wrong. The porch light is the first thing that people notice when passing your house – it’s what makes a certain home inviting and attractive. You can look for a modern version in online stores or go for a vintage look if you pay a visit to a flea market or an antique store. In case you don’t have a porch, why not making one?
Although checking the basement won’t directly improve and refresh the look of your home (just specific members of the family ever go there), it’s more about your family’s health and safety. You need to check if there’s mold present because it tends to grow in places without fresh air and sunlight. In case you notice mold, clean the area and reuse anti-mold paint on the walls.
Check the pipes for any signs of leakage and use sealing matter if necessary. Inspect the ceiling to identify leaks and cracks. If you notice anything suspicious, call a plumber.
This is also a great opportunity to get rid of the stuff you haven’t been using for a while (and you probably never will). It’s better to give it to charity or give it away.
It’s obvious that giving a fresh look to your home isn’t a huge endeavor. Most of the time, it’s the small details that make all the difference. Paying a closer look at your home will help you identify the areas or details that need to be replaced or refreshed in some way.
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