Five Ways to Refresh Your Home

You should be able to come home at the end of a long day’s work, walk up your front drive and feel proud of the house that you live in. If the exterior is falling apart though, it’s not always as easy as that. If you can’t afford to put the money into a big project to renovate the house, it’s understandable – times are hard right now. But that doesn’t mean that you should have to let it go bad. You should still be able to walk to the front door and smile because of the fresh paint – and that’s not an expensive job.

Even the simplest jobs, such as replacing the garage door springs or having somebody mow your lawn very regularly can make a big difference to the exterior look at your home. What you want to do is some refreshments inside or outside of the house, so you need to find some inspiration from somewhere. Here are five great ways to refresh your home.

  • Install a new path. If you currently have a dirt path or just a driveway going to your front door, think about adding crazy paving. Laying the pathway requires concrete and some slabs that could be broken up into pieces to step onto. It doesn’t have to be a big job and you don’t have to even install new slabs if you don’t have the expertise. You can use gravel, redbrick, or even a cobblestone path. Line the pathway with some flowers and it will be beautiful.
  • Work on replacing your front door. It’s actually one of the cheapest updates that you can have for your front yard. If you can’t replace the door, sand it down with a hot sander, and then repaint it. It’s a good way to be able to give the whole house a fresh new look. Just don’t make the mistake of shutting the door while the paint is dry – you don’t want to get locked in or locked out.
  • Change your landscaping. Is your front yard looking quite bare? Add some hedges or large bushes along the porch, or even plant a tree or two in the yard. If you own a home, planting a fruit tree is actually one of the nicest things that you can do. Every year at the right season you’ll have some fresh fresh fruit and the tree will grow as your children do.
  • Change the roof tiles. If you’ve had a bad storm season, the roof tiles can often wobble straight off the roof. If you want to change up the way it looks, replace the tiles with a whole new style pattern. Not only will it make your home more secure and warmer, your house looks like it is no longer dilapidated when people walk past.
  • Paint the fence. If your fence is currently the classic white picket fence, why not jazz it up with pastel paints? If you have a bright red front door, pink pastel fences look lovely. The same can be said for a dark blue door – cornflower light blue colors would work very well with your fence. If you don’t have a white picket fence or one that you like to paint, try staining it works very well.



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