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4 must-do DIY updates for your home’s exterior

Whether you are preparing to list your home or just want to invest in your property for your own enjoyment, there are some simple, affordable updates to the exterior you can do; it just takes some planning and a clear idea of what you want to achieve.

The home number

Home number

This is a really simple and effective way to give your home a fresh look, and it might actually serve a practical purpose too. Few things are as frustrating as looking for a specific address and not being able to see the house number, so plan your mini-update well by first considering where to place the number.

Once you’ve decided on the perfect spot you need to pick the style or look you are going for. This is one time you can be bold and bright, especially if you are securing the numbers against a lighter background. Or go classic and stick to a style and font that matches the look of your home, just avoid a font that is too hard to read while driving by especially.

The front door

Yellow front door

While an exterior paint job is something that is probably best left to the professionals, and requires a slightly heftier investment, updating your front door will go a long way in giving the façade of your home the new look you’re craving.

If you are living in a sectional title or estate you might have to check the rules of the complex or estate, but a great, fun, and exciting update is painting your front door an adventurous, even unorthodox colour. Imagine the style and class of a dark, midnight blue door or the joy of a red or yellow door. This takes careful planning though; you want to achieve a look that is pleasing to most, especially if you are getting ready to list.

A less in-your-face update to a wooden front door is just a re-varnish or invest in a new knocker or handle.

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The front garden

front garden at night

Whether you are an avid gardener or employing the services of your community gardener once a week, getting a landscape architect in for a consultation on updating your front garden (however big or small it is) will do some serious wonder for your curb appeal.

Quality service won’t come cheaply, so this will take some planning and budgeting, but you are likely to fall in love with the results. Some things to keep in mind throughout this process includes ease of maintenance for you, the need to keep your garden water-wise, and the style or look of your home and what you want to achieve.

A good landscape architect will also be able to advise you on any lighting solutions you might need to get the most out of your garden any hour of the day. Never underestimate the impact of garden lights – especially if you enjoy entertaining at night.

Bonus tip: Exterior lighting is a great security perk that potential buyers are sure to love if you are planning to list.

A simple clean

Clean paved driveway

Last, but certainly not least, is a simple, good scrub down of your home’s exterior, walk- or driveways  and even the perimeters walls, gates or fences. You will be amazed at just how quickly dirt from lots of traffic, cobwebs or mildew can build up, so a good clean will definitely get you to fall in love with your home all over again.

You will need a high pressure hose, some time and a couple of willing hands to help lessen the workload.

It’s the first impression you, or anyone else for that matter, gets as they approach your home, so why not invest the time and money to plan and execute a beautiful update.


Mariette Steynberg is a qualified economist with a post-graduate diploma in financial planning. She has enjoyed working on holistic financial plans for clients in various stages of life, as well as a development economist assessing the socioeconomic impacts of new developments. When she is not working, Mariette enjoys parenting her quirky, delightful toddler girl. Cloth diapering, Eskimo kisses and the importance of reading to your child are all causes close to her heart. Mariette is passionate about financial education and hopes to use the experience she has gained to share knowledge with HomeTimes’ readership. Her goal is to provide information that is implementable by everyone.

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