As a homeowner, you desire to have a beautiful home that reflects your personal design style. This is not limited to major elements of a home like siding, flooring, or countertops. Being a proud homeowner is found in those large elements but also in the small details that make your home unique to you.
And while your interior is where you feel cozy and enjoy time to yourself, your curb appeal is what people notice as they pass by. So how do you get your exterior to pop?
If you want your home exterior to stand out, get noticed, and be the envy of the neighborhood, here are eight upgrades you can make to help.
1. Design Worthy House Numbers
Most homes have ordinary house numbers. They all typically look the same and rarely stand out. Creating a unique design for your house numbers is a small but impactful design element to help your home get noticed.
You can opt to DIY a fun project, or if you lack the creative gene, you can purchase numbers in the style of your choice. There are many online shops that personalize items, and they’re full of fun designs.
2. A Fresh, Low-Maintenance Siding
In truth, one of the best things you can do to make your home exterior noticeable is to keep it cleaned and maintained. One of the best ways to do that is with low maintenance exterior options.
- James Hardie® fiber cement siding is one of the easiest sidings to maintain. It is durable and needs only to be cleaned with a mild soap and nonabrasive brush annually. It does not warp or rot, keeping it looking pristine for years.
- Cedar is the lowest maintenance and most durable form of wood siding. It is the least susceptible to rot and can be painted or stained to help it last for years.
- Vinyl, like fiber cement, is an easy siding option to clean and maintain. It never needs to be repainted and needs only the same form of cleaning as fiber cement. However, this option is slightly less visually appealing than HardieBoard® and cedar, but still remains a great option for homes.
With siding materials that are less likely to rot or warp, are easier to clean, and need fewer cleanings, your exterior will be the envy of your neighbors.
3. Upgrade Flower Beds and Window Boxes
Plants play a major role in the look of an exterior, and fresh plants can add the finishing touch to any work you’ve already done and elevate your exterior to a new level. Refresh your plants by heading down to your local nursery for fresh flowers and new low maintenance plants.
Take time to prune your current bushes and trees as well as fertilize your lawn. Get window boxes and fill them with spring colors for an aesthetic pop.
4. Add Lights to Pathways and Flowerbeds
One way to enhance the appearance of your exterior, especially at night, is the implementation of exterior lighting. Adding lights around your pathway or flowerbeds can not only illuminate your walkway but can also shine light on the beautiful features of your home you have spent time upgrading.
5. A New Door or a Fresh Coat of Paint
The entrance of your home is one of the best places to make your home pop and add personal style. Replacing your current door with a fresh new door can completely change the look of your home. You can add a new steel door, which is a great value-enhancing change, or install a door with windows to add more light in your entryway.
If a new door package isn’t in your budget, a fresh coat of paint on your door can still make a great impact. This is a great place to add a fun pop of color or use a deeper tone of your exterior color pallet.
With either option, your home will have a new look that fits your taste.
6. Architecturally Enhancing Paint
To make your home stand out, especially the architectural details, utilize the power of paint. An accenting paint color can accentuate features of your home like trim, corbels, shutters, or other architectural elements that enhance your home’s exterior.
Choosing an accenting color can be difficult. You can opt for coordinating or contrasting trim colors. If you don’t know where to begin, see our tips for selecting the right colors for your home.
7. Pressure Wash Driveways and Fences
Driveways often get overlooked, and fences can be forgotten if they are not completely rundown and needing repairs. Cleaning these items can go a long way toward getting your home noticed.
The brighter and cleaner an appearance your exterior possesses, the more noticeable and enviable it becomes. Rent a pressure washer and get to removing the grime and grease buildup on your driveway and sidewalks. Simply spray down your fences to remove mold and mildew and restore the original wood color and grains. You’ll be surprised how like new your exterior can look again.
8. Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
Don’t forget to decorate your exterior. It can often get neglected in the wake of decorating your home, but accessorizing the exterior of your home creates an inviting look and makes it stand out from houses that do not.
Some great ways to accessorize your exterior are with:
- Potted plants
- A fun entry mat
- Patio furniture (benches, swings, rocking chairs)
- Fresh hardware on your doors
- New light fixtures
A Beautiful and Easy-to-Care-for Exterior
Take the time to give your exterior the love it needs. Start with some DIY projects to increase the curb appeal, and when the time comes for large-scale exterior projects like new siding, call in a professional for uniform installation.
If you need an exterior facelift, Lifetime Exteriors can help. We can help with major exterior projects like new, low maintenance siding or smaller projects like a fresh coat of paint or a new door. Contact us to get an estimate now.