Being at home more than usual right now means you’re probably noticing all things that could use some attention. While there’s much to be done indoors, don’t forget about your home’s exterior. Taking the time to spruce up your home’s exterior doesn’t always require the help of a pro. Take a look at these 5 easy curb appeal updates you can do on your own for a spring refresh.
1. Clean Up Garden and Lawn
You don’t need to hire a professional to give your lawn a quick tidy up. Get everyone in your household to pitch in and help clean up the lawn. You can do simple things like remove any dead plants or flowers, trim back overgrowth, and rake up leaves or twigs. These easy tasks will help set the stage for a full refresh. To help clean up edges of plant and flower beds, consider adding some simple edging with stones or bricks. This will give a cleaner look and also protect them from the mower. By the time you finish this take, your curb will instantly look more appealing.
2. Add a Bright Pop of Colour
Whether through flowers or furniture, adding a splash of colour will really make your entrance pop! If you’re feeling adventurous, think about painting your front door a new colour. A bright door colour is a great way to make your home stand out and have it feel fresh and new again.
If you’re happy with your door colour, think about adding some colourful flower pots or planters. If you have old ones that are looking worse for wear, give them a fresh coat of paint in a new colour to spruce them up. While you’re painting, why not update your hardware as well? If you have old brass fixtures, consider spray painting them a matte black for a modern look.
3. Trick the Eye
Do you have an unsightly foundation or electrical box you’re trying to hide? Instead of trying to cover it, you can trick the eye with beautiful distractions. Create layers of beautiful plants and flowers that add dimension. This way passers-by will notice how beautiful your lawn looks and won’t notice that bulky AC unit on the side of your home. If you do opt to cover these unsightly items, just make sure there’s still enough space to access them. You don’t want to plant a bush in front of your AC unit only to have to dig it up when you need to access it.
4. Accessorize and Personalize
Now is a great time to add some personal details to the front of your home. Whether that’s a funky doormat, eye-catching lights, or bringing some art outdoors. Try adding a fun door knocker, new numbers or a new way to display them. The front of your home is a great way to let others know who you are without entering your home. While we can’t have friends and family over just yet, your neighbours can get to know you better by adding some personal touches to the outside of your home.
5. Freshen Up Your Garage Doors
If your home has front-facing garage doors, now is a great time to spruce them up. Show them the same care as you do for the rest of your home. You can wash, polish, paint or stain your garage doors (depending on the material) to make them look new again. Consider adding new hardware or updating the hardware you currently have. Taking the time to make your garage doors look as nice as your front door will enhance your curb appeal and create a cohesive look. After all, your garage is a part of your home.
Bonus Tip: Wash Everything!
Make the most of what you have by giving light fixtures, doors and walkways a thorough cleaning. Sometimes a little soap and elbow grease are all you need. You’ll be surprised at the overall improvement once the dirt and grime are washed away. If you own a power washer, now is the time to put it to use!
You don’t have to bring in a pro to complete these easy spring refresh projects. With a little elbow grease, some time and a plan, you can make your home look better with ease. As we all spend more time at home, focus on making it the best home possible. Start by sprucing up your outdoors for a happy home, both inside and out.