We all know that a house is not just a house — it’s a home. It’s the place where you and your family feel safest, share laughs, and create the best memories. It’s built to last for as long as you need a roof over your head, but it will only do so with the right maintenance.
Everyone wants to live in a place they’re proud of, so owning a run-down, aged property isn’t the way to go. Here are four simple ways to keep your house looking branding new, even after years of living in it.
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1) Focus on Curb Appeal
Every home is affected by the elements, no matter where you live. It’s up to you to inspect the exterior and make sure the property is holding up against extreme winds, flooding, blizzards, etc.
Here are some other things you can do to boost curb appeal and make your home look fresh on the outside:
-Regularly replace your vinyl siding to avoid a stained appearance.
-Sometimes, the paint on your home can become faded, so we recommend a fresh coat every few years.
-Pressure washing the walls of your home at least once a year is a great way to keep grime from building up on the most visible surfaces.
2) Wash Your Windows
When trying to keep a home looking fresh, most homeowners find that keep a cleaning list is best. A cleaning schedule is very effective but often leaves parts of the home that aren’t on the list left to build up dirt and dust.
One of these forgotten areas is windows. These features are one of the most beautiful parts of a house, but dirt and mold build-up easily.
Wiping the glass regularly will make for easy viewing, but you can take it one step further and make sure that the panes and sills are cleaned as well, especially on the outside of your home.
3) Do The Necessary Yard Work
One of the most dreaded tasks that come with being a homeowner is yard maintenance, and it’s quite understandable why. It’s hot, sweaty, and difficult work, but it is also essential to keep the home feeling like-new.
Here’s what to do:
-Trim and grass, depending on how much it rains in your area
-If you have a garden, be sure to maintain its appearance so it doesn’t become overgrown with weeds
-Remove weeds from pesky places like cracks in driveways or sidewalks
-Add some flowers and trees to the lawn to add some color and make the home more inviting
4) Keep Clutter to a Minimum
This tip goes for the outside of the home, as well as the inside. We love decor just as much as next since it’s a great way to show personality and make your space stand out among the others. We recommend spending time decorating your home, but there is a thin line between displaying decor and clutter.
Remember that a little goes a long way. Adding flower pots, wind chimes, and benches to a front lawn is a great idea. These will add color to the area and make the property a great place to hang out with friends and family.
However, if the decor gets to the point where you can’t see the front door, you may have too much going on.
Keeping up with a home’s maintenance can seem like a daunting task, especially for first-time homeowners. However, it’s the only way to freshen up space and keep the property looking as pristine as you’d like.
Paying attention to your house’s exterior by cleaning surfaces like walls and windows and adding decor will make your home look like the newest house on the street.