Three Ways to Make Your Older Home Look Like New From the Outside

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who like to buy homes new, and those who love the charm and sophistication of an older home. The question is, what exactly qualifies as older?

A house built in the seventies doesn’t quite have the same charm or architecture as a home built in the 1920’s or 1930’s. It’s all left up to the individual’s preference, but the most important thing to state is that just because a house isn’t new doesn’t mean it isn’t valuable…or at least could be.

The problem you often run into with older homes is the fact that they’re worn down, have seen a few too many tough years, and they often need a substantial facelift to restore them to their former glory. With this being said, once restoration is done and the home improvement agenda has been made, these older homes are often times a lot more desirable than the newer ones.

If you’re in a place where your home needs some surgical help, here are three things you can do to make a serious difference in the appearance of your home outwardly.

Address the Landscaping

You might be the type of person that lothes yard work. If this is you, it’s probably the reason your home looks so shabby from the outside as it is. If you desire to make your home look better, especially from the standpoint of selling, you MUST clean up the yard. The outside appearance is what people are going to judge you and your home off of. You could have a stellar indoor setup but if the yard is in shambles, you won’t get anybody through the door.

Start by pulling weeds and mowing the grass. You may have to trim a few branches and prunes a few shrubs, but a couple of hours of work will make a massive difference.

Address the Doors and Shutters

Once you’ve taken care of the landscaping, take a good hard look at your shutters and doors. Are they falling apart? Is the paint chipping? Does the garage door look like it belongs in a 1960’s horror movie? If the answer to all of these questions is yes-get on fixing the problem.

Your garage door takes up a good 40% of the front of your house. If it looks dirty and outdated, clean it, paint it, or better yet, get a new one. The same goes for your shutters. Take them off the house, give them a nice stripping and sand them down. Once you’ve done this, apply a fresh coat of paint. You’ll be amazed at the results.

Slap Some New Paint on It

Last but certainly not least, you’ll want to put some new paint on everything. Seriously, everything. Paint will immediately transform your old home into a new creation. Research the color wisely. For heaven’s sake, don’t use bright, primary colors. Choose something that blends with the rest of the homes and environment you’re in. Your shutters, doors and planter boxes are where you can make a statement.

Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.