Prime Edmonton Real Estate - the exterior of most homes are now considered low maintenance. Gone are the days of having to paint or stain the wood siding every 2 or 3 years now that stucco and vinyl siding are the predominant forms of cladding. However, low maintenance does not mean no maintenance, and it is very common to see these low maintenance exteriors looking, well, quite shabby.
So what are some things you can do to spruce up and update your home's exterior without breaking the bank? Here are 5 great ideas for you to consider:
- Wash the Age Away - It never ceases to amaze me what a simply wash of a home's exterior can do to make it look better. A pressure washer (which can be rented at a very affordable rate,) and exterior cleaner can be used on a home in an hour or two to remove years of dust, dirt and grime from your home's exterior. You can also rent a telescopic handle to clean those pesky windows as well, creating a sparkling next to new look!
- Focus on the entrance - Want your exterior to pop for $30 or less? Add a bit of color by painting your front door. Quick and simple, this addition can help make your home stand out, especially in newer areas when so many homes look exactly like each. Stand out - in a good way! - by adding a contrasting color to your home exterior.
- Accessorize! - Updating some of your original accessories such as your mailbox, address plate, or repainting your stair hand rails are all ways to make your front exterior area pop. You can also add a small, functional accessory for little money as well, such as a bench, a flower pot, or a figurine. Thinking bigger? Consider adding a cool heritage piece like artwork or antique decor.
- Get a good trim - Although most newer homes have gone to a low maintenance siding exterior, there is a resurgence of newer being built with MDF or wood trim around windows and doors. I constantly show proeprties in neighborhoods that are only 5 or 10 years old, and none of the trim has been maintained - causing the exterior to look shabby and the home older than its actual age. Should you have an exterior that has wood trim, it is a good (and inexpensive) idea to repaint or restain the trim around the doors and windows to help keep the exterior look fresh and clean.
- Let there be light - adding a new exterior light or lighting system can really accentuate the exterior in a positive light (pun intended). With the influx of LED lighting you have many options that are fairly low cost, low maintenance, and low energy usage while providing the same or better ligting to your entrances and exteriors at night.
Remember that your home will need to be maintained all the time - whether it's the landscaping, the interior, or the exterior. Keep these cheap and easy exterior fixes in mind to help make a great first impression for anyone coming over to visit!