Many homeowners make the mistake of not improving their home until they decide to move. Why wait to enjoy your surroundings when you can make some improvements and reap the rewards now? Here is a list of five things that you can do to improve the exterior of your home. Some of these ideas are simple, like changing out your front door. Other projects can be handled in phases, like swapping out your old windows to improve energy-efficiency.
- Repair or Replace the Garage Door
The garage door is typically one of the largest features on the outside of a home. If your garage door looks outdated or isn’t functioning properly, it’s time to make some repairs or replace it. Do some research to determine options and associated costs. There are garage door companies who specialize in installing new custom garage doors and in making repairs. You can consult a professional company to determine the best choice for your garage. You can also get an idea of the variety of materials and styles available.
- Add a Backyard Patio
If you don’t already have a backyard patio, now is the time to create a gathering place for family and friends. There are different types of materials available:
Each type of material has pros and cons including cost, ease of installation and durability. Consider your main objectives for a patio to determine what type of material to choose.
- Replace Old Windows
It’s time to replace your windows if you notice any of the following characteristics:
- Considerable drafts
- Higher energy costs
- Moisture between the two panes
- Single pane window
- Poor operation
- Decaying frame
Windows can definitely be on the more expensive end of home-improvement projects. Fortunately, you don’t have to change them all at once. If you don’t want your budget to take such a big hit, consider replacing all the windows on one side of your home at a time. For example, replace the windows on the front of your home one year, and replace the windows on the back of your home the next year.
- Paint the Front Door
If you want a fairly simple way to improve the exterior of your home, consider painting your front door. This DIY project can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to complete, depending on the time it takes for the paint to dry. Basic steps to complete the project include removing hardware, sanding the surface, removing dust, painting and reattaching the hardware. If you’re comfortable painting, this is a great way to brighten a faded door.
- Take Care of the Lawn
Another large area on the exterior of your home is the lawn. If your grass is looking subpar, consider taking steps to implement a lawn care program that includes watering, mowing, fertilizing and aerating. Your local garden nursery or home improvement store can give you tips to care for your lawn.
Don’t wait to improve the exterior of your home once you’ve decided to sell. With a few simple projects, you can turn your outdoor space in to a beautiful oasis.