As spring slowly makes its way to my house, I can’t help but get a little excited. This winter has been nothing short of unusual and I am more than ready for consistent warm weather. But I have one problem: the outside of my house is…interesting, to say the least. Last year, after we purchased our new home, we put a lot of effort into the interior problems and fixes. While the inside is slowly coming along, the outside hasn’t seen much attention. Well, that’s going to change. I’ve already managed to make a few improvements and cannot wait to make a whole lot more.
After brainstorming different ideas for my own home, as well as looking all over the internet for a few solid hours, I found some really great ideas that would be perfect fixes for any home. And did I mention that they’re easy on your budget? So if you’re like me and you’re tired of seeing your house neglected, here’s 5 easy tips for updating your home:
Lights are a great way to update any house. They can easily brighten up a doorway, instantly creating a warm and inviting appeal. Good lights will help your porch feel open, rather than dark and stifling. Try updating your old light fixtures with something more stylish and modern. Picking a unique light fixture is another fun way to make your house look great and give it the finishing touch.
Possibly one of the cheapest ways to add curb appeal is to do a little yard work. For some yards, this might mean a lot of work 🙂 Trimming trees and cutting back bushes is an easy fix to improve the look of your home. Too much vegetation can make a house look closed off and unkempt. By keeping trees trimmed back, you will also help protect your home from any falling branches.
Mowing the lawn and weed-eating are also important for keeping a neat yard. While you may not be able to have the perfect lawn, you can avoid having 5 foot tall grass in your front yard 😀 This will not only keep your yard looking beautiful, but also gives fewer hiding places for snakes and other such critters.
Another great way to polish up your yard is with flowers. This can be as easy or as difficult as you like. Doing a full-out landscaping job will require a lot of time and effort, but the results are beautiful. However, if you are like me, you do not want to have a high-maintenance flower bed to take care of. Some lower maintenance options would be to lay rock in your flower bed and/or plant your flowers in containers rather than the ground. Both ways will help to reduce the amount of weeds you pull and give you more time to enjoy your updated yard.
How many times have you been driving up and down a road trying to find the numbers of a house, only to realize you’ve driven past it 5 times because there weren’t any numbers? Yep, I thought so. House numbers are super helpful in allowing your guests to find you more easily, and they don’t have to be boring or standard. If you look online for about 5 minutes this will become obvious. Try getting creative with them. Colors, sizes, and styles are almost infinite, and if you don’t like what you found it’s so easy to customize them. Sure placement is everything, but placement is also wherever you want it. Experiment with a few different options to see what you like best. Putting the numbers on pots and door steps are just a few ways to do things a little differently.
So yes, a mailbox is possibly the most functional item outside of your house. But, why does it have to be standard? Or worse, why does it have to be beat up, dirty, or old? Why not give it the love it deserves with a fresh coat of paint? Maybe even in a bright or bold color? Feel free to decorate however you please. You can easily make it your very own by surrounding it with flowers, decorative edging, or rocks. If you’re looking for a more drastic change, you may even want to replace the whole thing with a brand new mailbox.
The ideas and possibilities here are pretty endless. People have gone so far as to put comfy chairs/couches, tables, and chairs along with a variety of decorative pieces, all out on their front porch.
While this may not be your taste or your budget, you can start small by placing a porch swing/glider or a few chairs on your porch. Ultimately, you will have to determine what works best for your porch, if you even have one. If not, try experimenting with the back yard to see what you can do back there. Gazebos are a nice way to add some shelter and a good seating area.
Hope this inspires you. Spring weather is just around the corner and what could be a better time to start planning renovations than now? See you outside!