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Your home is your castle. Now more than ever. It’s your refuge from a world that seems increasingly uncertain and unfriendly. It’s a place in which your whole family can take solace in enjoying each other’s company. And by keeping your home beautifully clean, tidy, cozy, fragrant, welcoming, and free of clutter you can ensure that your time spent indoors is happy and healthy. So that you always feel a swell of happiness and comfort when you come home after a long day. But that feeling of comfort, welcome, and, for want of a better word homecoming can be diminished when the exterior doesn’t match the interior.
It almost doesn’t matter how beautiful your interior is if you have to scurry through a drab, gloomy, or dilapidated exterior to get to it. We’ve already looked at how to bring an unruly garden back under your control. Now let’s take a look at some ways in which we can transform your exterior. While you may find that some investment is necessary, transforming your exterior can not only enhance your curb appeal, it can bring you a greater feeling of welcome and happiness when coming home, and ensure that the pleasant aesthetic inside is matched by what’s outside. It can also potentially head off some maintenance issues. For instance…
Replace that tiresome guttering
Fall is upon us. And in many households that means fishing sodden dead leaves out of the guttering before they can cause damage, erosion, and an unsightly mess. Nobody likes the cascade of slimy water that leaf-strewn gutters leave on the wall. But if you’re sick of having to fish those leaves out year after year, it may be time to consider replacing them with seamless guttering from New Vision Exterior or your local equivalent. As well as creating a more discreet and attractive solution for your guttering, it can help prevent the erosion and maintenance issues that are common for conventional gutters.
Remember, less is more
By all means, add one or two decorative flourishes. A planter full of colorful perennial plants and flowers is always a good idea. Likewise, one or two other strategically placed ornaments can give an insight into your personality while also adding a touch of charm and playfulness. But just like your interior, your exterior can get very cluttered, very quickly.
You don’t want your home to look like a meeting place for loitering garden gnomes. Try and keep it simple, and remember that little things like a new coat of paint on your door and window sashes can make a huge difference.
Be wary of over-clipping your lawn
Finally, a neat and well-manicured lawn is fundamental to a beautiful home exterior. But in your zeal to keep your lawn under control, don’t find yourself getting into a bad habit. Clipping your lawn too much is known as scalping and can actually prevent the grass blades from getting the sunlight they need to photosynthesize. It can lead to bare patches and a lawn that looks neglected… even though you give it plenty of attention. Your grass should be about an inch long in cool weather and 2.5 inches in warmer seasons.