Most homeowners are proud of their house. But with so much focus nowadays on interior decorating, it’s easy to overlook the exterior. Once you’ve contacted a pro team like DePalma Construction to make sure the essentials like shingles, gutters, and siding are all in good repair there are other things that you can do yourself. Here are some ideas on how to make your home look more welcoming to those walking past.
Clean up the path
Take the time to regularly clear branches, thorny weeds, toys, or any other hazards that may be blocking the path to your house. Ensure the path itself is in good condition. If it is cement, try to avoid any cracks developing. If it is gravel, keep it raked and tidy.
Have a direct path of access to the door. When visitors come in from the street, can they see which direction in which to walk? If you have a gate, it should be easy to open. A trellis, arch or other garden feature is an ideal way to mark the entrance but only if it looks well cared-for.
Have a good looking front door
All your entrance might need is a proper wash down or, if it’s a little tatty, a fresh new coat of paint can do wonders for an old door. Why not try a new colour? If your door is in really poor shape, you might want to consider replacing it completely – not only to improve the appearance of your house but for your own security.
Don’t forget to use oil on any hinges to prevent squeaking and give any fittings on the door a good polish. Smart, new fittings including house numbers, door knobs and handles can lend a whole new look to the front of the house. If you don’t have time for a trip to the hypermarket or the DIY store to browse the hardware aisles, buying brass door knobs online is quick and easy. Often, you can see just how new hardware, such as a letterbox, will look on a certain type of door.
Make sure your entrance or porch is well lit
The area surrounding your door should be clearly lit at all times so that there is clear visibility in dim and dark conditions. This is especially important if you have steps, Ensure you replace any broken or dull bulbs and keep light fixtures clean and polished. Solar lights are becoming increasingly popular to add a welcoming glow and can be simply pushed into the ground on a spike.
Add decorative features to the entrance
Even the shortest of garden paths can be made more interesting with relatively cheap items. Visit car boot sales or flea markets and you should be able to find items that are all-weather features and look attractive in the garden. These could include paving stones, potted plants, planter boxes, signs, statues, bird baths, fountains and so on. You can use your solar lights here too, to mark a pathway and keep visitors off the grass.
Tidy the garden
Remove litter and try to avoid children’s toys taking up residence on grassy areas. Don’t underestimate the impact of a well-trimmed lawn and weed-free flowerbeds. If you don’t have time to keep on top of your garden regularly consider using hardy perennials such as lavender, bluebells and heather which will require less care and maintenance.