Thursday, December 19, 2013

How to Spruce up your Home’s Exterior

There are no two ways about it - the housing market has become increasingly competitive with each passing year and home values continue to plummet. Fortunately, there are many ways you can beat them at their own game with a touch of exterior home restoration. First impressions well and truly count in the world of real estate and you can be confident of leaving buyers astounded and spend-hungry for yours with the right house exterior. Plan for a successful sale now with these rewarding exterior improvements.

Install brick veneer

If you’re feeling adventurous and wish to transform your home’s outer walls, brick veneer can be a great shortcut to a new look and is available in so many patterns and shades of brickwork to leave you spoilt for choice. Installing brick veneer can be a challenge but the results are well worth the input, transforming a run of the mill exterior into a rural cottage look or a sleek, modern home. 

 Building a Bay window

As well as increasing the amount of space inside your home, adding a bay window can transform the outward appearance of your home and will immediately signify ‘roomy’ to potential buyers and onlookers. Fortunately, bay windows are a relatively easy DIY job to tackle and are a fail safe way to add dimension (and significant value) to your home.
Extra tip! Consider the direction of the sun before adding your bay window since windows facing the south will get the most sunlight.

Tackle roof repairs

Want a sure-fire way to gain interest and long-term value to your home? Try tackling odd repair jobs around the outside of your home, starting with a few roof repairs. Chipped and peeling slates are in danger of peeling the pounds off your home’s value and can put your home at risk of water damage. If you’re happy to go the whole hog and create added space while you’re at it, add a roof dormer to keep the interior safe and add variety to the outside.

Add outdoor lighting

Nothing dates your home quite as much as dim or flickering porch lights and nothing discourages future buyers quicker either. Sufficient outdoor lighting is both stylish and a safety necessity for dark evenings. Whether you opt for sleek contemporary lights fitted to the brickwork or display them loud and proud in the form of traditional chrome or brass hanging lanterns, outdoor light fixtures are effortless elegance at its best and can work well with just about any style of home.

Transform your garden

However large or unassuming and ‘barely there’ your front garden is, there are always ways to make the most of it. From a quaint and modest flower bed to an impressive water feature, you can create an entirely different look on almost any budget. For small or non-existent front lawns, create an elegant stone path instead or perhaps even consider building a pond as this can add a personal touch and help strike an emotional chord with potential buyers.  

If you do have a healthy lawn bed, ensure you keep it at its best by regularly laying down weed killer and lawn care products to maintain a lush green appearance - sure to earn a definitive tick in the buyers impressed checklist.
If you’re looking to attempt some of these renovation ideas yourself, whether this involves some light brickwork or takes you as far as the roof, always ensure you stay safe with the appropriate equipment. A good place to start is with a robust expandable ladder - an indispensable tool for any aspiring DIY enthusiast who wishes to take on the tasks that require those hard-to-reach places. 

1 comment:

  1. There are certain rules of home exterior design that can be put to use to make sure that the home remains safe from natural and manmade factors while it still looks beautiful and presentable. One of the most important rules is to make sure that you have the right external cladding material put to use. You can read more about it on The Happy Homes Blog. Check it out if you're looking for more tips and tricks.