One of the first things I notice about a home is the general architecture … the proportions, the colors and the approach of the doorway.
When working with an existing home that needs help … you have to think about making aesthetic improvements or solving architectural problems.
Are you motivated to sell? Or do you like your house and do you want it to be the best possible?
How do you make all the visual decisions necessary to create an outdoor appeal for your home?
1. Keep in mind your neighborhood. Do the work you pay. Do not build too much for your neighborhood.
2. Think about your budget.
3. Are you a handyman with time for project to help with hiring?
4. Look at your house from the street and make a list of what you think you would like to do. Then put a price on each item to get an idea of what you are doing. If it makes sense for the neighborhood, great!
5. Will you need to take out a loan? Or do you plan to pay as you go? Personally, I like the idea of paying as I go.
6. Start with what is most important. This sounds boring, but in general, the first thing to do is clean up … if you plan to follow up with a new coat of paint or not. I like to use a long-handled brush and water. I do not like using a motorized sprayer because in some cases you can damage the siding or blowing water in areas you have not thought of. (ie vents under the eaves)
7. The front door would be next on my list. Depending on the door, there are a number of options.
– Paint an attractive accent color that works for your home.
– Adding new hardware to the existing door and replacing the mailbox
– Or you can go with a brand new door
– I would rather see a nice entry door without an entry door, but in some cases they make sense.
8. Painting can really bring a house to life … especially if it has architectural details. Three colors are usually the most to use. Color cladding, color trim and shutters with the door entry. The color of the roof and the stone also play in your choice of color.
9. I hope that your garage doors are in good condition and match the architecture of your home. If all you have to do is clean or paint them, you are all ready.
For others with a garage door very visible from the street (more than a third of the facade of your house) … be a big item if it needs to be replaced. Talking about the experience can be a great improvement for the overall feel of your home.
10. Landscape plantings, pavers, shutters and flower boxes are all finishing elements.
I hope this list will help you make good decisions that will pay off in the end. Take some time to think before you start.
You will be satisfied with the finished attraction after taking the time to do it right!