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3 tips for making your home’s exterior look great

By Andrew Bell

A little work to improve the look of the exterior of the house itself can go a long way. That's true whether you're a prospective seller hoping to boost your home's value before putting it on the market, or just a homeowner who wants to do a little beautifying around your property.

How can you do that on an ongoing basis? The following suggestions should help:

1) Think about the full picture

When people think about how their home looks on the outside, to themselves, visitors and passersby, they often only consider basic things like the state of the lawn or the colour it's painted. Real Homes says that if you zoom out from those relatively narrow areas of focus, you can find plenty of DIY projects to really improve the entire look. Is your roof in good shape? Are your windows clean and free of unsightly clutter on the inside? Are the drive and walkways well-maintained? Do you have bushes or other plants adding a splash of colour?

Walk out to the street in front of your home and really take in the big picture as a passerby would see it. What leaps out as something you might want to change or improve? Tackling each of those issues one at a time is an easily digestible way to beautify your home's exterior over the course of a few weeks or months. Often, you won't even have to be particularly handy to tackle most projects.

2) Clean what you can regularly

Over time, things like your house's cladding, the stones in your walkway and other features on your home's exterior will probably acquire a good-sized buildup of dust, dirt, grime and debris, Labor Panes says. With that in mind, giving those things a good cleaning whether with a power washer or just a hose and a scrubbing brush could help bring out the brilliant colour and condition you fell in love with in the first place.

Depending on the material used on your home's exterior, you may have to take various approaches to these efforts, but a little bit of research will go a long way.

3) Inspect everything on occasion

Along similar lines, it's always a good idea to make sure the various parts of your home are in good shape, so that you can catch a small, barely noticeable problem before it becomes an unsightly and costly issue, according to Realty Biz News. That may be especially true where your roof is concerned; even a single cracked shingle could turn into a broken shingle that creates a problem for the structure of the roof itself.

This kind of inspection doesn't have to take place very frequently, but giving the entire exterior of your home a once-over two or three times a year could pay off in the long run. That way, you can always be sure that even after all your initial DIY projects are taken care of, you're still being proactive about properly caring for your home on an ongoing basis.

Especially if you are considering selling your home in the future, it's important to have a real estate professional you can trust by your side. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have helped countless homeowners through the process of selling their homes and we can help you do the same. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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