Caring for the Outside of Your Home

Posted by Hughes Group Blog on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 at 9:21am.

Your home is one of the most important things you will ever own. Not only is it incredibly expensive, but it is also where you spend most of your time and therefore has a very large impact on you, your state of mind, and your wellbeing. This means it is very important to take care of your home so that it can take care of you in turn. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people out there that do not do the best job of maintaining their home and who forget certain basic parts of keeping things in good order. People tend to be very careful with the insides of a home and not really consider what is going on outside, mostly because they tend to spend a lot more time looking at what can be seen inside and are blind to what is going on outside the walls of their home. It is still important that you be careful to take care of the exterior of your home. It is not just a vain attempt to keep up appearances, either. There are some real positive things that can come out of a well-maintained yard or exterior home fa├žade.

Of course, the yard is probably going to be the first thing you think about when it comes to this topic and when I say yard, I really mean yards, plural. Your front yard is probably going to be the first thing most people notice of your home and the first thing you notice when you are coming back from work or a vacation. Additionally, you might think that no one is going to notice your backyard and while it will almost certainly be something less seen than your front yard, you probably still want to make an impression on people with it. Further, I would say that taking care of your back yard is something you should at least do for yourself. You can turn it into something that really reflects who you are and the things you love and a place that you will enjoy spending a lot of time in. Of course, this is a thing that goes beyond just basic trimming and lawn maintenance. It is definitely important to frequently mow your lawn when the grass is in a growing period and keep bushes and trees in order, but these are just the basic motions you can go through and there are many other things that will turn your different yards into something truly beautiful, combining to make an ideal image of your home.

So, what exactly can you do? First, you want to do some planting. There is a certain charm that can come from a barren house front with only a little grass and some cement or gravel, but you are only getting a little charm when compared to the forest you can put up. There are practical uses to having large plants like trees. They can keep the sun off your house which can do damage to the exterior of your home. However, having a canopy with some well-maintained ground cover adds a whole lot to your home. A front yard is a great place to have a garden where you grow pretty things as well as useful foods that might go into your cooking or which you might just eat straight off the branch. A garden is also something you have to work in a fair amount to keep it going and this opens you up socially to your neighborhood. People come by and you might have a pleasant conversation. Of course, this might be annoying for you but there are ways to get out of talking to people. Do not neglect human-made or manufactured lawn ornaments. Cheap stuff can look tacky and ugly but if you put some effort and money into what you get, a fountain or a sculpture can go a long way to enhancing your home. The pinnacle of yard work is a pond and fountain that you made yourself and which attracts cool creatures.

But the yards should not be your only source of inspiration when it comes to improving the exterior of your home. The house itself is going to need some maintenance and care and there are things you can do to make it blend into the environment or stick out as something truly special. Decide on a paint or a variety of paints that will both make your home pop and keep it from looking tacky at the same time and be on the watch for that paint to fade. You can either put the same paint up or go in a different direction. Certain plants are also ideal for decorating your house. You do not want to attach creeping vines to your house itself because they can get into the cracks and cause damage but if you put up awnings and wooden frames the creepers can creep up it will make your house look better. Do not forget to care for your roof as well. There are not many things you can do to make your roof look nice beyond replace every roof tile or have a nice chimney but a lot of structural problems with a home start with the roof. This is where most leaks begin that are not related to the plumbing and the roof is the part of your home that gets subjected to the most severe weather. The sun is constantly beating on it and storms smash against it all the time. The difficult part of a roof is that it is hard to see and so it is mostly out of your mind. Periodically find a way to look at it and get an idea of how it is doing. Damage to your roof can cause all kinds of problems for the rest of your home so you want to be sure you are constantly on top of the problem, checking to make sure nothing has gone wrong and that everything is still as it should be.

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