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3 Steps to Changing Your Home's Exterior Design


Can you believe it's already June!

The month of June seems like a good time to focus on this excellent article,
'3 Steps to Changing Your Home’s Exterior Design'
By Aurora McCausland Enjoy the article and let me know what you think!

Do you ever feel like your home holds most of its charm on the inside? You find yourself telling guests not to judge the exterior of your home, and to just wait and see what it looks like inside. Most people tend to think that the interior of their home is the easiest part to fix up and remodel. This is probably because generally with the interior of a home, you do it gradually, one room at a time, so it seems like an easier and less time consuming job. The truth is, the exterior of your home is a lot more important than you think. An impression of a home is made as soon as they pull up to the curb, which is why they call it “curb appeal”. The exterior of your home says a lot about you and sets the tone for what it will look like inside. If you feel like you need to up your curb appeal, here are a few steps to changing your home’s exterior design!

Paint job

A little bit of paint goes a long way, especially when it comes to the exterior of your home. Even if you’re not painting your home a new color, but just updating the color that you already have, you’ll notice a huge difference in the way it looks once it has a fresh coat of paint on it. The same goes for painting your door, as well as trim and any detailing. Depending on the size of your house, painting is probably the least expensive thing that you can do to give the exterior of your home an immediate facelift. Just make sure that you keep an eye on the weather, and paint when you know the weather will be fair and sunny for a few days. You don’t want rain or snow to ruin the paint job, and high wind speeds could cause debris to get stuck in the wet paint. If you’re intimidated by the idea of painting your entire home, you can always ask a few friends to help you out over the weekend, or hire a local painting company to come and do the task for you.


Windows

The windows of your home seem like they couldn’t do a lot, but they make a big statement to the outside world. Painting trim around the windows will give them new life, or adding shutters to all of your exterior windows will give your entire home a new look. You can also add new windows to your garage door, which will make your home feel more open and inviting, as well as provide your garage with natural light as an added bonus.

Another great idea is to add window treatments onto the interior side of the windows. Not only is this a great accent for the interior of your home, but it also makes it so  you can’t see inside your home through your windows. This is a safe practice, as well as makes it so the exterior of your home really shines because you can’t get distracted by looking into your home through the windows.


Landscaping

Having a dirt pit for a front yard doesn’t exactly speak highly of what your guests should expect walking into the interior of your home, does it? Landscaping is a highly intimidating job, but it doesn’t have to be. It also doesn’t all have to be done at once. Instead of saving up to overhaul your entire front yard in one weekend, do it in installments, to make it more budget friendly and less overwhelming. Reseeding the grass/laying down sod, planting a flower garden, bringing in a few trees, creating a rock garden with a flagstone walkway, and bringing in a few shrubs are all great ways to makeover your landscaping in small installments. Before you start on your landscaping projects, it’s a good idea to plan out the entire area. This way you don’t have to modify your plans once you’ve already started, because you didn’t think something through well enough. Not only does this save you money in the long run, but it helps you find a perfect place for everything you want to include in your landscaping without having to scramble to find a place for that firepit later on.

Today's guest post is from Christine Hill. Christine is a professional writer and an avid reader who’s passionate about storytelling in any form. At any given moment, she’s in the middle of at least three books on anything from psychology to ninjas. Although she’s a marathon swimmer and enjoys camping in the mountains, she believes there’s nothing better than a carton of ice cream and a Dawson’s Creek marathon. She blogs about marketing here. Follow more of her writing on Twitter @readwritechill.

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