The first impression that visitors to your house gather is when they view its front and the yard. The exteriors of homes are subject to greater wear and tear as they are constantly exposed to the elements. This can breakdown paint, plaster, roof elements and any material that you have chosen for the exterior of your home. Proper maintenance and remodeling can greatly add to the elegance of the home, and impress visitors.
The front yard is often the first part of the home that is noticed, and you must see that its lawn and shrubs are always neat and colorful. Next to be seen is the front porch and entrance door. Put a fresh coat of paint on the door, make your front porch attractive by adding planters and good lighting and lamps.
Look up at your roof and see if it is neat and tidy, and if not take the trouble to clean up the roof, and if necessary give it a real wash. It will immediately improve the way your home is seen from the road. If you have a fence or hedge, ensure that it is always well painted or trimmed. Look at the walls, and see if they can benefit from being covered by stone or metal cladding. This will immediately increase the value of your home, and also require lesser maintenance.
Build a deck that can add to your living area and complements the exterior of your home. Have a look at the windows all around your home and change them or modify them so that they enhance the appearance of the outside of your home. Put in colorful awnings over them. These awnings will also help in reducing sunlight coming to your home and probably save on electrical bills for cooling. Pay attention to the landscaping all around your home, and see if you can make it more interesting by adding some features.