Saturday, 22 April 2017

Kerb Appeal: Make Your Exterior Extra Special

How much do you spend on decorating each year? Maybe a few hundred dollars, or if you’ve got a big project on, probably a few thousand but the chances are it’s all for indoors as we often neglect our exteriors leaving them looking tired, run down and a bit worse for wear. However, it’s super easy to boost your property’s kerb appeal again so your home’s outside looks just as good as inside.

Get Out Into The Garden

The chances are your lawn’s probably not looking its best right now simply because we tend to leave the bulk of our landscaping till spring, or even fall. Now’s the time to get your gardening gloves on, spruce up those patio steps, power wash the decking and start planting new trees and shrubs while it’s still relatively cool and the soil’s not at risk of becoming dry and cracked due to the heat. Make sure your lawn’s free of weeds, including dandelions and the grass has been cut recently as it may be a simple thing to do but don't underestimate the appeal of a clean, freshly cut lawn.

If you’ve  got some brown patches, you can buy reseeding fertilizer, but if that’s not worked, you could be looking at having to re-turf the whole lawn which can become very costly. Of course, you don't have to returf the entire space; you could add in gravel paths, a water feature or even Buy a Conservatory to put on the south facing side of the garden where you’ll catch the most of the sunshine. Plus it’ll give you a fantastic entertaining space to boot.


Touch It Up

You’ve probably spent thousands on paint colors for your living room, dining room and bedroom over the years but when was the last time you touched up your exterior paintwork? Luckily, high-quality exterior paint should last around fifteen years, but if you live in an area that’s prone to wind and rain, it’s going to start to chip and peel.

Having said that, all it takes to restore your home’s outside to its former glory is some sandpaper, primer, outdoor emulsion and a couple of willing helpers. Painting is something you can get done in a single afternoon, although you should do the walls first and then look at repainting any window ledges or outdoor shutters. However, not everyone is a dab hand with the paintbrush or may not have the time to keep running up and down a step ladder. If this is the case, consider calling in a firm of exterior painters and pressure wash walls to remove any dirt or grime.

Roofing And Gutters

Whatever you do don’t neglect these as gutters and shingles that are blocked, missing or sagging will make your home look much more decrepit than it is on the inside. Do a spot check noting any overflowing water, blocked debris or mulch build up and consider having a roofing pro come do an inspection to rule out any more serious problems. Broken gutters can go from being a mild annoyance to a major headache as rainwater will run down into the foundations and could encourage damp to spread. 

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