The exterior of your home is as important as the interior. You may have the most beautiful rooms inside your home but if the outside looks tatty or unloved, then you’re not showing off your house to its best advantage. Here are 10 ideas to beautify the exterior of your property.
1. Survey your perimeters
Whether you live in a mansion surrounded by luscious parkland, or a regular semi detached property, you should always check that your hedge or fence look neat and tidy. An array of easy to prune and maintain hedging plants from Ashridge Trees will give you some inspiration.
2. Tidy up your drive
There is a large array of driveway materials on the market. From gravel to tarmac, always ensure that excess water can be drained away. If you install gravel, do try to keep your drive weed free.
3. Light up your life
Lights aren’t just important inside the home. An article in The Daily Mail demonstrates how the addition of some exterior lighting can really enhancer a property.
4. Maintain your garden
If you aren’t the world’s best gardener then opt for some perennial shrubs that really look after themselves. These plants may need feeding or mulching from time to time, but the more shrubs you have the less spaces for weeds to invade your flower beds.
5. Decking is good
You can easily install wooden decking yourself, or employ a professional. Decking is easy to maintain and also will smarten up you home. If you enjoy entertaining, then decking is the ideal surface for barbeques and chairs and tables.
6. Ugly windows
Not everyone likes UPVC double-glazing, but this will look better than a rotting and peeling traditional window frame. Secondary double-glazing and restored window frames will greatly improve the exterior of your home.
7. Prune your climbing plants
If the exterior of your house is draped with wisteria or any other climbing plant, you should check the plant regularly to ensure that it isn’t destroying the brickwork. Ivy, jasmine and a whole host of other plants need to be regularly pruned to enhance their beauty and protect your home.
8. Unkempt water areas look tatty
Anyone thinking of installing a swimming pool or exterior Jacuzzi should consider carefully whether they can afford the upkeep. According to the Moneywise website the installation costs of these luxuries do not offer the owners much in the way of return.
9. Hanging baskets
Hanging baskets, a range of plant containers and other receptacles are ideal for those who don’t have much time for gardening but will always enhance the outside of your home. You could grow a mixture of vegetables, herbs or plants. These will flower at different times of the year, look great and you’ll definitely enjoy eating fresh strawberries from your container during the early summer.
10. Tidy up
Nothing looks worse than a garden full of discarded toys and rusty gardening implements as well as mouldy plastic garden furniture. If you have a shed, use it.
If the toys are past redemption, then bin them. As for the plastic furniture, it may have been useful at one stage but it’s never going to look good again. Try and keep the outside of your home as tidy as the inside.
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