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8 Easy Ways to Update Your Home's Facade

Last Updated Dec 3, 2015 · Written by

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Does your home's facade look tired and worn? You'd like to do something about it, but it looks like a big job. It may not have to be a big or expensive job. Here are 8 easy ways to update your home's facade.

One: Have it Cleaned

Maybe all your house needs is a good bath. You could get out there with a broom and a pail of water, but an easier way is to hire a pressure cleaning expert and let them do the job for you. Why hire a professional when you can hire pressure cleaning equipment? The amount of pressure applied and the techniques used will make the difference between cleaning and perhaps damaging your exterior walls and roof. The experts know just what to do to clean a surface without damaging it. A professional service is surprisingly inexpensive and is a much easier and safer way to clean your exterior than taking a DIY approach.

Two: Get a New Entry Door

Your exterior walls are clean enough, but something's missing and your house looks ordinary from the street. Maybe all you need to perk it up is a new front door. A standard width door can look out of proportion to the rest of the house or simply not make a bold statement. A new entry door can give your home's facade a new lease on life.



Three: Get a New Garage Door

If your garage faces the road, your garage door is going to have a big visual impact. A new garage door can lift the appearance of your facade. Choose a good quality door in a colour that highlights the good points of your facade. You can take it one step further and tie it in with your entry door and other elements of your facade.



Four: Paint

Maybe all your house needs is a good coat of paint. A professional exterior painter can help you choose your colours and when the job is done, you'll wonder why you put off painting it for so long.



Five: Landscaping

Landscaping can do wonders for your facade. Well placed plants can give your facade a balanced look, hide unsightly elements and highlight the parts of your facade you want to be on display. A garden designer can help you choose and place plants perfectly. They will also know what grows best in your area and what to plant in shady and sunny areas.



Six: Hardscaping

"Hardscaping" is a term used by landscapers to define the hard elements of a landscape. In your front yard, your driveway and footpaths are major elements of hardscaping. Take a look at your driveway and footpaths. Do they flatter or detract from your facade? Pressure cleaning services might be able to give your driveway and footpath a lift, but you might also want to consider having your driveway resurfaced and installing a new footpath.



Seven: Lighting

Too many homeowners overlook their exterior lighting. Passersby might see a rectangular glow coming from behind the living room curtains and a dim porch light, but the rest of the house is shrouded in darkness. An outdoor lighting expert can install lighting that flatters your facade and landscaping.



Eight: Fencing

Fencing does more than define your home's borders. A fence that complements a small home's facade can make the home appear larger because it "wraps" the house and garden into a single unit. If you do have a front fence, does it complement your home's facade or is it just a fence? If you don't have a front fence, is it the missing element your home needs?



Your home's facade is more than just your exterior walls. It's a combination of elements that should create a harmonious whole. If one element is missing, it can detract from the appearance of even the most well-designed facade. If you consider all the elements, even a modest home can stand out as one of the nicest homes in the neighbourhood. If you need to do more than one or two of the jobs listed above, you can tackle them one at a time, but keep the complete picture in mind as you do. Every step you take will be an improvement and when you're done, your facade will be "picture perfect."

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