Over time, your home’s aesthetic appeal can decline rapidly. The combine effects of age, wear, natural elements and more can take a toll. If your home is looking outdated and worn, you may be wondering if a total home renovation or makeover is in order. Before you take extreme measures, consider applying some of these easier and effective tips to see a major improvement.
Dress Up Curb Appeal
Curb appeal affects everything from pride of ownership to property value, and it is impacted dramatically by your landscape design and how well-manicured your yard is. Take time to assess the current landscape design. Are trees and bushes blocking view of the house from the street level? Are flowerbeds poorly maintained or non-existent? Consulting with a landscaper may help you to identify quick fixes that may be more affordable to apply than you may initially think.
Add Hardscape Features
Throughout the interior and exterior, hardscape features can do wonders for aesthetics. For example, you can hire concrete contractors to pave a walkway. This can be stained and scored, and it can conceal a dirt pathway where pets and people normally walk. Flowerbed borders, patios, porches and other features can also be added to give your yard a finished, stylish look.
Apply Fresh Paint
Throughout the exterior and interior, consider applying fresh paint to walls, trim and doors. You can choose a stylish color to modernize the look of the entire home, or you can simply apply the same color for a white-washed effect. When you scrub down surfaces, apply caulk and take other steps to prepare the surfaces before paint is applied, the result of this effort can be amazing. You may even be able to do some or all of the work yourself to save money.
Replace the Front Door
Your home’s front door affects curb appeal from the exterior, and it establishes style inside the home. If your front door is outdated, dingy or banged up, now is the time to make a change. Upgrading to a stylish, high-quality door is a true investment that often results in increased properly value as well as enhanced aesthetics. If you do not have funds available to replace the door, apply a fresh coat of paint or stain to refresh its appearance. You can also replace hardware for an added touch.
These are only a few of the many smaller projects that you can tackle in the weeks and months ahead to improve aesthetics throughout the house. While a full remodel may produce stunning and significant results, you can make slow, steady progress with smaller projects like these.