Winter can really take its toll on our homes, both inside and out. But all that rain, snow, high winds, and low temperatures can cause the outside of our home not only to look a bit run down, but it can even cause structural damage. Spring is a great time to repair this damage, and give your home a new lease of life for the year to come. It’s important that we feel proud of our homes as we approach from the curb after a long day of work, so it’s time to give it a bit of a makeover.
Give it a lick of paint
Bad weather can cause painted sections of the home to become tattered and chipped, making it look old and unloved – that’s not what we want, is it? Repainting the outside of your home should be a semi-regular job, at least every five years. Not only does the fresh paint or varnish make the house look as good as new, but it also helps to treat the wood underneath, which will save you money on replacing rotten lintels and beams in the long run.
Let the light in
New windows benefit the house as a whole. From the outside, new windows and frames make the home look modern, but also act as a deterrent to potential burglars, who will be far less inclined to attempt a break-in at a property with new, double glazed windows with state of the art locks. From the inside, they can offer a better quality of light, but they also help to banish pesky drafts and help to keep the heat in (or out) of your home as you see fit. New windows are a great investment for a slightly older home, especially if you want to add value when considering selling.
Fit that roof
Keeping your roof and guttering maintained can be a real chore in itself. After all the leaves of the fall clog the guttering, and the high winds of the winter play havoc with the roof shingles, it might be time to get the professionals in for a helping hand. A lovely new roof helps to keep the house better insulated but can make it look like a whole new home from the roadside too. For more information on roof repairs or replacements, take a look at http://fredericroofing.com/services/roofing/residential/ for some great ideas.
Give the yard a clear out
The yard surrounding our house contributes to the first impression of anyone approaching the house quite significantly. If it’s cluttered, overgrown, or full of trash or old parts, people aren’t going to get the best impression. With spring right around the corner, take some time to throw out any trash, clear back any bushes, mow the grass, and plant some bulbs to grow into beautiful flowers in the warmer weather to come – see it as deep cleaning for your yard. You’ll be amazed at the difference a bit of yard work can make to the overall look of your home.
With these, your house will look like a whole new home from the curbside. Not only will it be warmer and more secure, but its value will rise, and you’ll be proud to call it your home.