Everyone wants to live in a home where they can feel relaxed, and safe, be able to entertain guests and enjoy their time away from work. When it comes to home decorating and home improvements, the outside is often overlooked unless things are falling apart. It's easy to focus on the kitchen and living room, but what about your front porch?

Or maybe there's a garage door that desperately needs replacing. Your house might even need some simple maintenance, or some major landscaping work done so it looks better on the outside and makes you proud of where you live. Here are 10 ideas for making your house look better on the outside.

A New Coat of Paint

Painting your home is an easy way to improve its curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint will make your house look more modern and up to date. It’s a job that some people can DIY, but others would benefit from the services of a professional. The key is to prepare the surfaces so that the new paint won’t bubble or peel off later on.

Improve Exterior Lighting

You can improve your outside lighting by installing motion-sensing exterior lights. These are especially helpful at night when they turn on automatically when someone approaches the area. Install exterior lights on the side of your house that faces the street. A good lighting plan will also include lights on the front porch, back porch, and side of your home facing traffic. To add some fun to your lighting scheme, you might want to invest in JellyFish permanent holiday lights. These lights look sleek and are easy to adjust in any season. Want to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, or the summer holidays? There are multiple color schemes to suit any event.

Fix or Replace Damaged Wood

You can make your home look great by fixing or replacing any rotting or damaged wood. This is especially important around windows, doors, and siding. Repair any damaged siding that’s made of wood, as well as gutters and roof shingles. This will help protect the interior of your home from damage and it looks great as well.

Trim the Lawn and Hedges

It’s important to upkeep the plants that are around your home if you want the best exterior look. Trim the lawn and the hedges. Mow the lawn and keep it tidy and neat. Trim or prune any hedges that might be in need of a haircut. Make sure your house looks good on the outside by making sure it’s well-groomed.

Pressure Wash Your Home

There is nothing like a good bath to freshen things up on the exterior of your home. Pressure washing is a great way to clean up the outside of your home. If you have a pressure washer, use it. If not, you can rent one from a hardware store or borrow one from a friend. You can also use a garden hose and sprayer if you don't want to buy anything new or rent anything.

Replace Your Mailbox

Make sure your mailbox is in good shape. If it's old or damaged, replace it with a new one that matches the style of your home and neighborhood. Check to make sure it's visible from the street as well.

Replace Your Front Door

Replace your front door. A new front door can change the way your entire house looks. If you want to add dimension, you can add something with glass. Otherwise, a new coat of paint can also improve the look of your door.

Replace or Paint Your Garage Door

Replacing your garage door is a big improvement to the look of your house. Choose the right type of garage door for your home. There are many types of garages that differ in size and style, so choose one that fits with the other features of your home. You could even paint your door if you aren’t ready to buy a new one.

Get Some Modern Looking House Numbers

A good house number should be visible from the street, easy to read, easy to attach to your house and easy to replace if it is stolen.

Add Some Landscaping Near the Front Door

Planting some hydrangea bushes will not only add color and interest to your home, but they’re also easy to care for. Additionally, they make excellent shade trees for covered porches. They can tolerate most soil conditions, although the ones that grow best in full sun need less water than those grown in shade areas. Hydrangea blooms last a long time too, so it’s a good choice if you want something that will keep looking nice all summer long



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