When it comes time to renovate and improve your home, it's easy to forget about the exterior. However, the exterior is the first part of your home that others will see. Taking the time to work on your yard and home, or hiring someone to do it for you will not only make your home more appealing, but it will also increase your home's value.

Manicure Your Lawn

You never have a second chance to make a first impression, and a well-manicured lawn can add appeal to the overall appearance of your home. Begin your yard improvement by removing debris from the yard and evaluating the number of lawn ornaments you have. Repair and freshen up your sidewalks, driveways and patios by pulling weeds, fixing cracks and using a pressure washer on them. Trim the bushes and trees and replace the grass in thin areas, leveling out any uneven areas during this process. Plan an outline for adding decorative flowers and plants that will complement each other and bloom at different times of the year.



Outdoor Entertainment

When people are looking at your home, they will take note of any inviting outdoor areas you possess. A screened porch or patio, pergola, hot tub, fire pit and sporting or play areas all add to the attractiveness of a home. If you are thinking about adding any outside entertainment, be sure to think about the different seasons of the year. You will want your outdoor area to be able to accommodate the right activity even during harsh weather. You won't want to miss out on soaking in your hot tub on a cold evening or watching your children play outside on a rainy weekend afternoon.




Painting your home might seem like an obvious idea for making your home look fresh and new, but less obvious is the way that the right colors will increase its appeal even more. While you might have a preference for vibrant or offbeat shades, it is best to choose neutral colors that will appeal to a broad audience when you're painting your house. Tans, creams, grays and dark greens are good choices, and you can use contrasting shades for the trim and shutters for a great effect.



Once you make these improvements to the outside of your home, you'll be amazed at how these relatively small changes add substantial benefits of attractiveness, comfort and value. So, get out your paintbrush, sharpen your hedge trimmers, find some great deals on outside accessories and reinvent your property.