The outside of your home gives a significant indicator to passersby and visitors about how you treat the inside of your property. Virtually everything inside and outside the house is your responsibility. With that said, it is still easy to just forget about the outside – after all, how often do you really look at it? Out of sight, out of mind!
However, there is no reason that your house should look drab on the outside. It might take some time and a bit of cash, but you will be proud of it once it is done!
If you have a front and back garden, then take the time to make them something that you love. Start with the front and sketch out a rough guide to the shape of your garden. Most of the time there is a driveway and a grassy patch – but if not and you have a small paved area you can still do something with that as well. The thing about big potted plants on wheels is that you can move them around when you need to due to weather conditions – and if you change your mind about what you want to be planted, it is easier to do-over or just change for the sesasons. If you have a lot of grass, consider removing a circular shaped turf section and planting a range of perennials.
Always keep the weeds at bay, and whenever possible the hedges trimmed back too.
If you have a place on the outside that doesn’t see a lot of sunshine, you might want to keep an eye on it. It typically means that when it rains, that area isn’t getting the heat to dry up. Which can go on to cause mold and mildew. You can remove this with a bleach and water mix. Gently wet the wall with water first, so that the bricks don’t soak up all of the bleach, and scrub down the stain.
Many homes have been painted, you might find over the years the color fades, it begins to chip and really needs a new coat. You need to have a think about if you want to keep the color the same or change it. Browse paint products until you find something that you like – and give it a refresh.
Your front door should be kept free of cobwebs and dirt at all times. When you have visitors, the last thing you want is to have people arriving with cobwebs in their hair. If you have a plastic or steel door, then you should just sponge it down once a week with hot soapy water. For a wooden one, check for any cracks or peeling paint and if needed sand it down and give it a new coat. Once that is done you can begin to simply soap it down once a week too.
This goes for the windows too.
It might seem like it isn’t worth the effort – after all, you don’t look at the outside of your home often, but your home should be something that you are proud of. Inside and out!
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