If you’re looking at your home from the outside, what aspects do you feel need immediate improvement? Typically everyone is going to come up with the same set of answers. From the outside, it’s obvious you need to solidify the foundation of your home. You also need to give it a good cleaning. And, you need to think about how to landscape the environment surrounding your house, potentially improving its curb appeal.
You are not alone in thinking these things. Pretty much everyone knows that that set of three pieces of advice will get them moving in the right direction. You don’t even need to worry about the inside right now. That will take care of itself later. What you want to do is make it so that people driving by on the street don’t think you are lazy about taking care of your place.
Fix the Foundation
The foundation is the key to everything. You may need to call a professional to find out if you need foundation repair. But once that professional does come through, they will be able to give you a very specific set of suggestions if you want to ensure there is no issue with the base of your home.
Especially if you have a basement in an area that gets hot and cold, or if there is a high water table, chances are very likely you need to do some leak proofing. Any cracks in your foundation can lead to nasty water damage inside, which is why this should get taken care of first.
Give It a Good Cleaning
When you look at your home from a fresh set of eyes, one of the things you’ll probably notice right away is that it is dirty. Once or twice per season, your house could use a proper pressure washing. The outsides of windows and doors and walls get grimy with rain, dirt, pollen in the air, and anything else from your environment. A good scrubbing with a pressure washer is exactly what it needs to remind you that you really do have a good-looking place.
After you wash it, if there are still unsightly parts, that’s when it’s time to think about putting in new windows or exchanging the siding for something better.
Landscape and Curb Appeal Projects
A final way to look at your home to see if it’s time for an update is when it comes to landscaping. Even if you’re not selling your home, it’s good to have excellent curb appeal. It makes you feel better about your standard of living. Curb appeal enhancements aren’t usually all that expensive, but they do have a significant impact.
If you’re not sure which ones to do first, look at someone’s house that you appreciate the aesthetics, and find out what the differences between their place in yours. You will automatically come to a place where you understand which improvement needs to happen first.