If you’ve purchased a home among St. Louis real estate but think the exterior could use some sprucing up, the good news is that transforming a conventional exterior to one that stands out is easier than you probably think.
While it’s your home must represent some of your individuality, you don’t want it to stand out so much that it sticks out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. And it’s probably not a good idea to upset your neighbors by painting it in some outlandish color, like bright pink or purple. Instead, consider these options for helping your home’s exterior stand out in a good way.
A fresh coat of paint can make your home stand out simply by looking new and clean. If the homes in your neighborhood are all various shades of white, you might opt for a dusty blue with white trim. If your neighborhood has mostly earth tone homes, consider painting yours with a bright white with a black door and shutters. If painting the entire exterior is out of your budget, typically $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the size of your house, then choose an accent paint color just for your front door. Red, blue, and yellow doors are popular and with the variety of shades each color offers, there’s sure to be one that will go well with your home’s current shade.
If you want your home to be distinct from the others in your neighborhood, be sure your front yard is well maintained and landscaped. An overgrowth of bushes, shrubs, and large trees will block the view of your home’s beautiful exterior. Trim any overgrowth, maintain a well-watered and regularly cut lawn, and add a colorful garden of flowers. Keep your flowers contained around the base of trees, in window planter boxes, and small sectional gardens. Perennial flowers only needed to be planted once and return year after year. Novice gardeners should try daisies, geraniums, and lavender, which are fairly easy to maintain and grow in all regions.
Decorate your home’s exterior by updating the mailbox, adding a new street address sign, and updating light fixtures. Use solar lights that can be inserted into the ground along the pathway to your front porch. Add a swing on the porch, potted plants, and a welcoming doormat. If you have adequate space, a fountain is always a nice feature. Don’t be afraid to get creative, but also don’t go overboard. No one likes a cluttered patio and it does not make a good impression for what’s inside your home.