Every homeowner wants to have a beautiful looking home, both on the outside and the inside. This might seem like a difficult goal to reach, especially if you are relatively new to owning a house. It might seem like many added expenses but this is definitely not the case. You can do a few simple things on a regular basis to really improve the appearance of the place you call home. Here are five such tips that you can start on today:
1. Keep your grass green and cut on a regular basis
One of the best things you can do to improve your 'curb appeal' is to have a well maintained yard. Get on a regular maintenance program with weed control and lawn food. You can do this yourself or hire a professional for a small fee, but either way it's important to the health of your lawn to give it the periodic nutrients to promote growth and kill weeds. And once you get the green color really flowing you will want to cut it at the right height at least once per week. Your visitors will really notice and your neighbors will thank you.
2. Clean your floors on a regular basis
Dirty looking csrpets and dull hard floors can really dampen the appearance of your home. Your flooring is the first thing people see when they enter so you want to try to clean them on a regular basis. Carpets needs to be vacuumed with a quality vacuum and your hard floors need to be washed with the appropriate cleaner for the type of surface. When looking for a new machine for your home you need to balance quality with your budget and the best way to do that is to compare different brands of vacuums. Try to buy one with quality filtration, fully sealed HEPA if possible, and from a reputable company. Read consumer reviews to see how others rate each model as well.
3. If your house is painted put on fresh paint every couple of years
The exterior of your home needs to be periodically freshened up to not only improve the appearance but also to make it last longer. If it is painted then you should inspect and repaint it every few years. If you use high quality (expensive) paint then you can likely wait a bit longer. Wood needs to be protected from the elements which is exactly what paint or stain will do. This is also something that you should consider hiring a professional for as the old paint should be scraped as needed, and primer could be needed in spots. The money spent hiring a pro will be well worth it, just make sure to find a reputable company to work with.
4. Consider planting flowers and adding mulch areas
Freshly installed mulch and nice flowers can add a lot to the 'curb appeal' of your home. The vibrant colors of the flowers and clean appearance of mulch makes your home look inviting and well maintained. This goes hand in hand with the first recommendation above. A green lawn and professional looking landscape will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.
5. De-clutter your garage and yard
It is so easy to let your garage become a cluttered mess, full of bicycles and other items that belong to various family members. This stuff can also spill out into your yard which will quickly become an eye sore to anyone who happens to drive by. Plus you won't be able to get to the necessary items in your garage like the lawn mower, ladder, and even garbage cans. If you get into the habit of putting things back where they belong as soon as you are done with them, this will never become an issue for your family. Try to have designated places in your garage for each item and make sure everyone in the household is on board.
These five tips, if followed, will help make your home look great on both the inside and out. It just takes a little bit of a routine at first, then it becomes much easier over time. Eventually you won't even have to think about what needs to be done. Make a list too, to give yourself something to follow. You will be much happier with how your home looks in the long run.