Focusing on Your Home Exterior

home exterior

Do you forget to focus on your home exterior?

When it comes to home design and maintenance, we do tend to focus on interiors. This is understandable. After all, we do spend most of our time indoors and this is the space in which we kick back and relax, carry out chores, and generally entertain guests.

But it’s important to remember that you should be maintaining the exteriors of your property too! The outside of your home can prove just as important as the inside. After all, this is how you present your property to the world. It’s what people first see when they pull up outside or walk towards your living space – and first impressions really do count for a lot.

So, what can you do to make sure that your home is presentable inside and out? Here are a few areas to focus on!

 

The Front Yard and Backyard

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Well-tended lawns and gardens add to your home exterior appeal

Let’s start with your outdoor space itself. If you have a front yard or a backyard, you really do need to keep an eye on it and get a little green-fingered from time to time to keep on top of things.

You will need to mow the lawn relatively regularly, rake leaves that block the grass, and pull any weeds that might attempt to establish themselves. These are bare minimum requirements.

If you have hedges or bushes, you’ll need to get the shears out and trim them. If you have trees on your land, you’ll have to prune them every once in a while. If you really are adverse to gardening, don’t worry. You can always call in a professional gardener to take the work off your hands.

 

Windows

home exterior
Clean windows make an appealing statement.

We clean the windows inside our homes, but many of us neglect the panes outside. Sure, it’s more difficult to clean these. They tend to build up more dirt, as they’re exposed to the elements, and they can also be difficult to reach on higher floors. But it’s important that you do tend to them. After all, what’s the point in cleaning just one side of a transparent surface? Your best bet on this front is to call in a professional window cleaner. They’ll be able to achieve a pristine finish.

 

Lighting

 

Things might be all good and well during the day, but you might want to consider investing in some outdoor lights for the night. Once the sun sets, you may still have visitors, or you might simply want your outdoor space to be visible. Consider solar-powered options, as these will charge throughout the day and can turn on automatically at night, welcoming you home!

 

Climber Plants

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Ivy looks great climbing a home, but remain vigilant for signs of rot and pests.

Climber plants aren’t essential, but they do add a beautiful finishing touch to your home’s walls. The most popular options tend to be either Ivy or Wisteria. Ivy is generally preferred by those looking for a more traditional property, while Wisteria is preferred by those looking for a pretty, flowering plant.

The Bottom Line

If you haven’t put much thought into your property’s exteriors thus far, hopefully, the above information has provided you with a few different areas to focus on!

One thought on “Focusing on Your Home Exterior

  1. Love this post, Deborah! I definitely give more attention to the interior of my home than the exterior. I am a true believer that the exterior is as important. I tell my husband this all the time “I have to see the outside before I get inside, so I need it to look good too”…lol

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