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5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

5 Great Home Exterior Makeovers

Your home should be your castle, a place where you can relax after a hard day. But, it should also be a personal space where you can express your true personality and feel comfortable.

This is one of the main reasons that most homeowners start remodeling; a desire to make their home their own. However, when you do this the outside of the property is often overlooked. After all, you don’t sit staring at the outside of your home very often!

But, a great looking exterior can inspire you when you get home and will help to maintain the value of your property.

Here are 5 great home exterior makeovers:

1.      Cladding

Cladding is a great way to transform your building. You simply need to take a look at the array of options on offer at CGS Façade to appreciate how it can both personalize and improve the exterior of your home.

Whether you go for traditional wood, vinyl, metal or some other material it will provide you with an additional layer of insulation and help your house to stay warmer in the winter as well as cooler in the summer. This will reduce your energy bills and can even help to offset the cost of your cladding!

2.      Decking

You need an outside space in order to entertain or enjoy the better weather. Decking is one of the best options for this as it is relatively maintenance free and easy to erect. You’ll need as large an area as possible to give room for the table, chairs and some more relaxed seating.

It is also essential to add lights and the ability to provide some shade from the heat of the summer sun. Add some nice balustrades and you’ll have transformed the outside of your home

3.      Landscape

It is very important to look at the flow of your garden and landscape accordingly. You need easy access to any flower beds or outhouses. You’ll also want to tidy your fences and minimize the time you’ll spend maintaining your garden. If you love gardening flower beds and vegetable patches are a good addition. But, if you’re not keen on gardening keep the lines simple and most of the garden as lawn; why make yourself additional work?

4.      Driveways

If you don’t have a driveway but have the space for one then consider adding it. They don’t need to cost a fortune but it is important to check for utilities before you start digging.

A driveway can be as simple as hardcore with gravel on top or you can get the professionals to lay tarmac, concrete, block paving or a variety of other materials.

The driveway should lead towards your front door; inviting you and your guests into your stunning home.

5.      Windows & Doors

Your windows and doors need to have a good clean and, if necessary, be updated. You may be able to repaint the door to transform it or you may prefer to change it for a more contemporary look. Just be sure to keep it in the style of your home.

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Ugly Outer: Your Home From The Outside In

Ugly Outer: Your Home From The Outside In

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First impressions count when it comes to anything which people can see. When someone encounters you home for the first time, their mind will be taken over with thoughts about the way it looks and feels. Of course, this makes sense, but it can also be a big shame. Most people work much harder on their internal presentation than the outside appearance of their place. But, with people seeing it first, it makes sense for the outside of your home to be just as beautiful as within. So, to help you out, this post will be exploring some of the key areas which can make a home look bad.



  • Windows: When windows are dirty, they will start to lose the shine they once had, becoming murky and foggy. From the outside, this can look very bad, as your home will be obviously dirty. Professional window cleaning services are nice and cheap, making this easy to do to your home. Along with this, you could also add some window cleaning to your normal chores.



  • Walls: Along with the windows on your home, the walls can also have a big impact on the way the place feels. Companies like Calres Painting are professional stucco contractors, making them perfect when you’re looking to paint the outside of your home. Unlike windows, walls can’t always be cleaned, and will need to have some more extreme treatment to keep them looking good.



  • Mess: With kids in the house, it can be almost impossible to control mess and keep the place running smoothly. Of course, though, having mess outside the house will make it look a lot worse than having it inside. The front garden should be kept completely clear of items when they are not in use. As a big part of this, having some outdoor storage will help you to keep everything from getting ruined by the weather.




  • Plants: Once you have the place under control, you can start to think about adding some life to it. Plants are the very best way to do this, and you will probably have some places ready for them, making it easy to get started. Like most design, though, making your front yard look nice will be hard, and you might need some help.




  • Landscaping: The help you get with your plants doesn’t have to end with them, though. Along with this, a professional landscaper will be able to form a work of art from your space. Using a mixture of plants, stone, and other natural materials, these creatives can do a lot more than people expect. Of course, though, you’ll need to read some reviews before you get started, as people will be able to do this to different skill levels.



Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into the outside of your home. With an area which people see so often, it makes sense to make it look good. Of course, though, you can’t forget the inside while you’re doing this, either.

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Fantastic Features That Homebuyers Love

Fantastic Features That Homebuyers Love

Your home has served you well, but you’re ready to move on to pastures new- and you’re probably already dreaming about how you’re going to make the fresh, blank canvas your own. But there’s one rather large obstacle to overcome first, and that’s getting rid of the old property. Not only selling it but for a good, fair price can be a frustrating process. You’re relying on a sale to go through before you can start your new life, and for many people, this just can’t come quick enough. The housing market is always going to fluctuate, but there are things you can do to motivate buyers and get things moving along as quickly as possible. Here are a few features that homebuyers love, so consider

Neutral Décor

Modern homeware trends are all about very neutral, calming and serene spaces. They’re inoffensive, and allow homebuyers to see the property to it’s full potential without being distracted or put off. Get rid of any fussy patterned wallpaper and bold colours. You might love them (and can have them again in your new place), but they’ll do nothing but turn off prospective buyers. Fix up the walls so that they’re nice and smooth- you should be able to do this will filler for minor dings and sandpaper if the walls are good. If they’re worse for wear, you may need to have them skimmed by a plasterer. Give everywhere a coat of paint- you can’t go far wrong with plain white. It will transform the home into a blank canvas and make it look brighter and more spacious. It’s very important to make sure any cracks are addressed, even minor cosmetic cracks could put off buyers if they think it’s structural. Having a home inspection done will rule out any issues, and you’re able to use the certificate to give buyers peace of mind too. Ceilings and woodwork such as doors and skirting boards should all be painted brilliant white. This will bring a fresh and clean look to the property that homebuyers love.

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A Nice Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and also the room that’s the most expensive to renovate. So many buyers will be looking for a property with a kitchen that they can use without having to completely rip out and start again. If they feel that this is the case, they will want the house price to reflect this meaning you could lose out on thousands. Giving your kitchen a spruce up might cost you up to a thousand dollars, but could earn you ten thousand. Having new tiling or a backsplash putting up if it needs it will solve the problem of outdated tiles or grubby grout. Replacing old-fashioned cupboard doors with modern ones can give the appearance of a new kitchen for far less money. Old, cracked or outdated floor tiles could be covered over with vinyl- professionally fitted this can look very smart and again totally change the look of the kitchen.

A Tidy Garden

As well as the house, the garden and exterior is of course a big deciding factor when it comes to buying a home. Whether yours is large or small, it’s important to make the most of it and have it looking its best for viewings. Mowing the lawn, and filling in sparse areas with grass seed will get it up to scratch. Pull out weeds and tidy up shrubs and plants, you could go a step further and add some bedding plants to pots or borders to bring in some colour and make the space look well cared for.

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