1. Change your window frames.
Window frames show their age and are often overlooked by home do-it-yourselfers — new timber skirting can update the look of your home. Remove existing skirting surrounding each frame using a hammer. Use a tape measure to determine exactly how much timber you will need on each window frame; purchase this from your local hardwarestore. Saw each skirting board to the appropriate length using a 45 degree cut. The skirting can be attached by hammering it in place with 2-inch nails, wood glue or screws. If the window frame is in a awkward spot, a hammer with a curved handle will allow access to hard-to-reach spaces. Approximate cost: Under $50 per window.
2. Paint or replace your front door.
The entrance of a house can really influence someone’s perception. When people approach a particularly nice front door, they really do notice it. If your current door is out-of-date or weathered, you can do one of two things.
Renovate: Sand the existing door and give it a fresh coat of paint using a nice, bright color. This will create a warm, welcoming feeling.
Replace: Remove the door and get its dimensions with a tape measure. Take these to a hardware store to ensure you get the same sized door (under $100).
Have a friend hold the door in place while you screw the new door in place using a screwdriver. Note: Installing a new lock can be tricky so it’s best to hire a locksmith.
3. Improve the entrance area to your home.
The entrance to your home should be eye-catching — for the right reasons!
Ensure it is clean and accessible. Try lining the walkway to your front door with new shrubs or pot plants, or if you’re really game, pave a concrete walkway.
4. Wash away grime and mold.
We wash our cars regularly, so why not our homes?
A high-pressure water cleaner from a hardware store won’t cost much to rent for a day. Attach it to your existing garden hose and the high-pressure cleaner will remove mold, cobwebs and dirt off timber, concrete and paving. You will be amazed at the improvement.
5. Cover up stained pavement or driveway.
Unsightly oil stains or tire marks are easily covered up with a concrete color or stain available from any hardware store.
Thoroughly clean the surface you want to color — a high-pressure water cleaner is perfect for this.
Follow the instructions on the product carefully and use the recommended safety gear and protective clothing.