home Improvement

Time to Jazz Up Your Yard and the Exterior of Your House

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So, the time has come to spice up your yard and the exterior of your house. Perhaps you’re selling and want to enhance your home’s curb appeal. Or maybe you’ve lived in the house for decades with little change. You’re tired of the same old paint colors, the faded mailbox, and the outdated garden gnome. Here are some ideas to help you freshen up these exteriors, and they shouldn’t break your bank account.

Paint Your Front Door

For an immediate impact that’ll get your juices flowing and tide you over until you can get to other, more involved projects, paint your front door. That boring gray, brown or maroon color-be gone! Hit the paint stores, collect swatch samples, and put them on your front door to see what appeals most. There is, of course, some prep work, but it is not too bad. You may even be able to leave your door where it is. Before you begin painting, remove doorknobs and other hardware, and apply primer.

If your budget allows, get the entire exterior of your house repainted, too. House painters can handle painting your door, shutters, trim, roof edging, and of course, the main house color.

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If you have very little money to spare and are saving up to paint your door and perhaps your house, you can still do some door work in the meantime. For instance, you can clean the door, install a new knob, and shop at thrift stores for a wreath or decoration to liven the door up.

Replace Your Mailbox

Another quick way to make a big impact is to switch out your mailbox. You can even design a new mailbox yourself or hire someone to. Just be sure to have your local postmaster approve the plans.

Mailboxes come in a staggering array of styles, so you can get one that matches your tastes. Whether you are in a rustic, modern, sporty, or Victorian mood, there are plenty of mailboxes available. If you’ve painted your door an intriguing color, one option could be to get a matching mailbox. Already have a mailbox you like? Design a garden around it, and really liven up that area of your property.

Speaking of doing the mailbox, you could get new and shiny house numbers while you are at it. Talk about an instant enhancement.

Rework Your Pathways

If your house has stone or brick paths that haven’t been maintained in years, then reworking them can add charm back to your home and get you feeling excited. If you don’t already have pathways, you can add them (bonus: no more muddy shoes!). One word of caution: When installing a new pathway or redoing an existing one, avoid placing stones under large trees. Their roots could interfere later with your work.

If you already have a pathway and you like it, one of your options is to add outdoor lighting. You can even install solar lights, although they may not be as bright as low-voltage lights. Either way, being able to see where you are walking at night is a nice measure of safety.

Dress Up the Driveway

Driveways are an eternal problem at many homes, with weeds poking up from ugly cracks. The good news is that you need not replace your driveway. You should, however, kill the weeds, and fix stains and cracks. The next step is to use flagstones or concrete staining to make your driveway look like new.

Regardless of your budget, there is a lot you can do to get you excited about your house again. For example, if you can’t paint or replace your front door, you can clean it and add attractive decorations.