An attractive home can be a source of pride for its owner. Well-appointed interior design and beautiful landscaping can also lead to a higher resale price when it is time to sell the property.
How to beautify the interior and exterior of your home?
Everyone seems to want to offer their opinion on this subject, but their tips can often contradict each other. For example, some people will tell you that taking a do-it-yourself approach is best because you will be investing time instead of actually having to put money into your home. Others will say that a better return on investment will only come from hiring a professional to make the necessary improvements.
There are good arguments for each of these home improvement strategies. It is also possible to combine them, or, at least, look into the possibility of combining them. You can get professional advice before starting any home beautification projects and then decide which improvements you can do yourself and which you should hire a professional to help you complete.
Professionals should be able to tell you what improvements will add the most value to your home. This is why it is a good idea, for all landscaping changes to get professional advice. The same is also true for interior design projects.
Here are some things that professionals are most likely to tell you when you ask them what you can do to make your home more attractive inside and out.
Create an interesting look by painting trim or staining wood features
Instead of painting the entire home a new color, you can simply change the color of the trim or stain wood doors and window frames. This can add visual appeal to the home. Also, it is relatively easy and cheap (even if you hire a professional).
Install paving stones
Paving stones can make landscaping much more attractive. A new walkway through the garden, an enhanced patio, a cobblestone path through the front yard: these elements can make a huge difference in the look and feel of your outdoor spaces. Of course, the quality of the installation of paving stone features is important when it comes to the actual overall value of the improvement. Keep in mind that the materials can cost quite a lot, and professional landscapers may be able to get them for a lower price. This means that the cost of hiring a professional may actually not be much more than it would cost to take the do-it-yourself approach.
Lower your outdoor maintenance time with the right plants and flowers
You can enjoy some short term benefits by creating a more attractive outdoor area using carefully selected plants. How does this work? Certain plants, trees, grasses and flowers are easy to care for. A landscaper will be able to help you choose species that are attractive AND low maintenance. You can not only enjoy a more attractive home with a higher resale value, but you can also lower the amount of time that you have to spend caring for the plants on your property.
Upgrade the lighting
Lighting can make a home more attractive both indoors and outdoors. Solar-powered lights can bring some attractiveness to the landscaping at nighttime, when plants and paving are invisible. Indoors, recessed lighting, LED strings and other modern installations can create a modern, welcoming ambiance. Because of the wiring involved, these projects usually require professional expertise. However, the benefits, both in terms of value and attractiveness, can make lighting improvements a worthwhile investment.
With professional help, you can increase attractiveness and value with improvement projects both indoors and outdoors.