Homes are typically the biggest purchases people will make in their lives. If you’re going to spend that much money on something and spend that much of your life with it, it’s important to take good care of it. While most people usually think about cleaning the interior of their homes, it’s important to not neglect your exterior as well. If you want your home to make a good impression on people, there are some easy ways you can maintain the aesthetic of your home’s exterior.
Garden with the Seasons
Your plant life can make a huge difference in your home’s presentation. You’ve likely seen both homes with immaculate gardens all year and others that look amazing during one season, but not so great the rest of the year. It’s important to take the seasons into consideration when doing landscaping maintenance. Not all plants are well suited to grow in all seasons, and you don’t want your garden to be brown and dead for a large part of the year. When choosing the plants for your garden, take the season into consideration as well as what planting zone you live in. This will help you choose plants that are more likely to thrive in your garden. Additionally, look at annuals vs perennials and get familiar with the growing patterns of the plants you choose to add.
Choose Durable Materials
If you want an easy time of it when it comes to maintaining your house’s exterior, it’s important to choose durable materials. Durability often comes with a higher price tag upfront, but it should save you money on repairs and maintenance down the road. Consider the durability of various materials for your siding and roof. Engineered wood, stucco, steel, vinyl, and fiber cement are all very durable siding options. When it comes to roofing, asphalt shingles are a popular option since they aren’t as expensive, are reasonably durable, and offer a traditional look. Metal roofs are more durable, and they can look very nice. Consider that the more durable the material, the less repairs will be needed during the life of your roof. Other durable roofing materials include clay tiles, cement, and slate.
Use Native Plants
Not everyone has a green thumb. If you’re one of those people that has a hard time keeping plants alive, let alone thriving, using native plants in your garden is a must. Native plants have already adapted specifically to the climate you live in, including the soil conditions and availability of water. They are more resistant to pest damage as well. If you want to attract local pollinators to your garden, consider that they have evolved to be compatible with and attracted to the native plant life. Attracting pollinators can help you have a garden that thrives by controlling unwanted insects and helping any produce you’re trying to grow have a greater yield.
Stick with a Color Palette
One of the most noticeable things about your house’s exterior is its color palette. Unless you’re really gung ho about an eclectic look (and aren’t subject to HOA regulations), it’s best to choose a color palette and stick with it. Choose the primary color you want your house’s siding to be. If you’re using siding materials such as brick or stone, you can opt to go with the color they come in. Otherwise, you’ll need to pick a paint color. Grayscale colors and different shades of tan and brown tend to be most popular, though you do see shades of blue and green from time to time. Red and yellow are both classic options too. Once you’ve picked a base color, choose one for your siding. It’s hard to go wrong with white, but you have other options too. Consider whether you want to create a strong contrast or use a more complementary color for a more subtle look. Keep the homes surrounding yours in mind when choosing your colors. It’s not always good for your house to stick out like a sore thumb, and your neighbors might not appreciate it either.
Practice Regular Lawn Maintenance
Unless you’re doing a xeriscape front yard, you’ll need to do regular lawn maintenance. That means regularly mowing your lawn, weeding, fertilizing, and edging. All of this can be done fairly inexpensively and is easy enough, though it certainly takes time and effort. When mowing your lawn, make sure you don’t cut more than ⅓ of the grass’s length. Try to keep it about 3 inches tall to encourage deep root growth and discourage weeds from taking hold. For best results, mow early in the morning while it’s still cool but after any dew has dried.
Keep it Clean
One of the best things you can do for your home is to keep it clean, both inside and out. A clean home is less susceptible to damage, and regular cleaning makes it easier to spot areas that need repairs. Power washing can be a good way to remove dirt and grime from various surfaces in your home. Make sure you know how to use a power washer correctly. Incorrect usage has the potential to damage the surfaces of your home because of how powerful the stream of water can be.
Repair Things Quickly
Once you spot damage, it’s important to repair it quickly. Problems don’t fix themselves, so don’t wait and let the damage get worse. If spotted early, repairs tend to be relatively quick and easy. They may even be things you can do yourself, saving your more money. If you’re out of your depth though, don’t hesitate to call for professional help. It will still cost less to have the repairs done sooner than it would be if you were to allow them to become worse.
Maintaining the aesthetic of your home’s exterior is an important job for homeowners. Smart gardening choices, material and color selection, and cleaning and maintenance are easy ways to tackle this job without putting yourself out too much in terms of time or cost. Your home is your castle. Doesn’t it deserve to be taken care of?
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