Some people manage to keep their houses looking like something from a catalog, and while we likely all aspire to have that, in the meantime there are few things that everyone and anyone can do to keep their houses looking lovely and still homely.
Keep the outside looking neat. It doesn’t matter if you garden or if you hire a gardener to help you out, it is something to think about. Head out into the space and picture what you could do with it, some pops of bright colors, a rock garden, area for a pond, perhaps some garden ornaments to make it more personal. Gardens can be a very relaxing spaces, for family group gatherings, BBQs, to peacefully sit and read in the summer. Whatever you chose to do with it your garden, keep on top of the upkeep.
Take care of the brickwork. Over the years brickwork takes a lot of weathering. There are few things to look out for. Different facing walls will have various issues. For example, if there is a side of your home that doesn’t see the light of day, keep a keen eye out for moss, mildew growth or mold. You can tackle these nice and easy with a bleach and water solution and a little bit of elbow grease. Repainting might need to be something you take care of too. Hiring a contractor to take a look at any spaces where the mortar is damaged is an excellent idea, they’ll be able to give you an idea of how much damage there is and how much it will cost.
If you happened to be living in a house that was painted outside, it might be time to think about paint removal. It peels and discolors over the years; it might be worth considering about getting someone in to take care of it.
If your brick is in pretty good shape, you might be able to get away with a good clean. A hose or jet wash will loosen on any mud, high up moss growth, or bird mess.
Your front door says a lot about you, and they’re pretty easy to replace. If you are in the mood for a change but don’t want to get rid of the whole door, consider getting your letterbox and door knocker replaced.
Freshen up the decor inside. When was the last time you painted the walls or put some new wallpaper up? If it’s been a little while, it might be time for a facelift. Sit down and lose an afternoon in the delights of Pinterest. As well as having a dreamy home board, you can get serious and plan a whole new look, check out DIY ideas and budget ideas too. Don’t feel like you have to rush, or be on trend, just go with what makes you happy.
Have a list of go-to companies. Spend some time getting recommendations for electricians, gardeners and construction companies; you can trust specific names like ABC Home & Commercial to deliver excellent service. If you have companies you can feel be comfortable around then you’re more likely to have good experiences and get the work you want done correctly.
Add some little touches around the house, not everyone has the time to care for fresh flowers, so perhaps getting some luxurious looking fake ones will work just as well. Dot them around the house to give a little pop of color. Small ornaments, or succulents, a few pieces of artwork all personalize a space and add some life to a home.
Soft furnishings, blankets, and various cushions can bring some soothing color and softness to your home. You can change the feel of a room with lighter color pallets and thinner fabrics, or in the winter perhaps, get thicker, darker more luxurious fabrics. You, of course, don’t have to change it with the seasons, but it can really make a difference.
A home, is somewhere we come to at the end of the day, or maybe we work from home, and we deserve to have it in a clean and well-maintained condition. They say that a clean home is a happy home, but it’s much more than that. It’s about relaxing, not worrying if people pop by unexpectedly, being able to entertain whenever you feel like it, making your space feel like an extension of who you are. If you feel like you want to move on, you won’t have as much to take care of regarding either getting it up to selling condition or end of a tenancy.