7 Quick & Inexpensive Home Exterior Updates

7 Quick & Inexpensive Home Exterior Updates
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    Does your house give you the blahs when you look at it from the outside?

    Short of a pricey renovation, you can do some things to help step up your home's visual appeal.

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Give your home some sparkle this weekend.

Does your house give you the blahs when you look at it from the outside? Short of a pricey renovation, you can do some things to help step up your home’s visual appeal, projects that can be done in an afternoon or over a long weekend. Add some sparkle to your home to give it a lift, sending your blahs packing!

1. Paint the mailbox — Homes with rural or curbside mailboxes can add some pizzazz by painting the post and wrapping the mailbox. Add a neutral color to the post or one that matches the exterior of your home. Mailbox wraps can be changed seasonally and include a festive look such as an American flag, a whimsical children’s character layout or take on a Christmas look around the holidays.

2. Add window cladding — Windows can be updated quickly by adding aluminum cladding on window frames. Cladding is a low-maintenance enhancement, one that comes in various colors. If your home needs to “pop” then cladding can help get it done.

3. Change the lighting — Old light fixtures can look fine, but if those fixtures were trendy, then the appeal may have long past by. Replace your front entrance lighting with new fixtures. While you’re at it, change door knockers, house numbers and put down a new welcome mat.

4. Paint the front door — A white door may be fine, but it can be so commonplace. Why not rip a page out of the “doors of Dublin” playbook (see second reference) to design a look that can transform your home? You don’t have to replace the door in its entirety, but consider doing so if your door is worn or outdated.

5. Add or replace shutters — Shutters add visual appeal to any home and can contrast windows, siding or both. Old shutters can detract from your home; new shutters can give your home a fresh look. Choose easy maintenance shutters made from fiberglass or PVC.

6. Stain your concrete — Take that blah-looking front patio or walkway and mix in some color. Whoever said that walkways must be white? There is much preparation to be done to give your concrete a new look and you’ll need to apply a sealant. That means you may need to take several days or a pair of weekends to give your concrete a fresh look.

7. Plant flowers — Perhaps all that is needed to give your home a new look are flowers and plants. With an assortment of seasonal flowers along the perimeter of your home, all eyes will take in what you’re growing as well as the house itself. Colorful plants can give your home a lift, by providing the sparkle missing elsewhere.

Most projects mentioned can be handled by yourself, but when it comes to bigger chores enlist the help of family members. You may need to call in an electrician to handle wiring or a painter to handle second story shutter details.

References

Better Homes and Gardens: 10 Ways to Add Color to Your Exterior

Irish Georgian Society: Dublin Doors

HGTV Remodels: How to Stain Concrete: Adding Color to Cement Surfaces

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".