At the end of a long winter, the exterior of your home probably looks little worse for wear. Cold weather, snow, wind, and rain can all take a toll on your siding, roof, gutters, and landscaping, keeping your home from looking its best.
Get things back in shape quickly to help your home maintain its curb appeal. These three tips are designed to help you make the most of your property, both now and in the future.
1. Replace Old Weathered Siding
If your siding took a beating over the winter and is peeling, cracked, or weathered, consider replacing it with fiber cement. Fiber cement siding has the look and feel of real wood and comes in a range of different styles and color options.
Because of its strength, fiber cement won’t peel, fade, crack, or develop many of the same problems as wood or vinyl. So, your home’s curb appeal will be improved this year, and will continue to look great for the next several years as well, making this one spring cleaning job that will last.
While you’re updating your siding, consider giving your home a fresh new look at the same time. Fiber cement siding comes in decorative shingle shapes like half round and octagon that can make attractive accents to highlight the architecture of your home. Or consider making a more dramatic change and going for a board-and-batten appearance or using architectural panels to create a more contemporary façade. All fiber cement siding products come with the same durability and low maintenance care, so no matter what style or color you choose, your home will continue to look great year after year.
2. Plant Some Greenery
Landscaping accounts for as much as 20% of your home’s value, as well as a large portion of your curb appeal. The right type of landscaping can also hide a lot of sins on your home’s exterior, while brightening it and making it look more interesting.
Consider planting some slow growing shrubs, like boxwood, in front of your home’s perimeter. Plants that are hardy, evergreen, and slow growing will maintain their shape all year round, even after a rough winter. So, in the spring, your landscaping will still look fresh and new, and will continue to dress up your exterior.
Just ensure that you purchase shrubs that won’t cover your windows or otherwise interfere with the view or light. Choosing low-lying plants that remain green and don’t require trimming to keep their shape will ensure the best, longest lasting results.
3. Touch Up Driveway and Walkways
A frequently overlooked area on many people’s properties is the driveway and walkways leading up to the home from the street. These areas often take a beating during the winter months as well, with cracks, potholes, missing gravel, or pools of sand. Getting these areas cleaned up and in good shape goes a long way toward helping the rest of your property look great.
Start by power washing any concrete or asphalt to remove sand and salt. If you have a lot of cracks or potholes, consider repaving to fill them in. If you have a gravel drive, consider adding a fresh load of gravel or raking what’s there to even it out and redistribute.
This is also a great time to consider alternatives for these areas such as stamped concrete pavers or flagstones to create a new and unique look for your property, while eliminating problems like stained or cracked concrete.
Spruce Up Your Home for Spring
While some spring cleanup will simply involve removing debris and washing things off, it’s often not enough for many properties that need more help to look their best. For those homes, use these three tips to help get more out of your spring cleanup and help your home look great year after year.