When it comes to our homes, much of our attention and budget is usually directed inside as spaces such as the kitchen, bathroom and lounge. This is understandable because those are the bits we most commonly see and use, so it’s natural to want to keep them modern, comfortable and up-to-date. However, the outside of the home, which can often be overlooked, is just as important and making a few upgrades here can not only add to the value of your property if you’re looking to sell but elevate the entire style your home exudes.

A neat, tidy and well-maintained exterior is the first thing that visitors see when they arrive at your home. If you’re guilty of letting the outside slide, no matter how nice the rooms within, your guests will fail to be impressed to the degree they should.

If you’re wondering where to spend your renovation budget, here are the top exterior improvements to make to your property.

The driveway

The driveway of a home will often face heavy use, especially if you own a car or van. Depending on the material the driveway is made from, you’ll need to invest in regular maintenance or even, laying down a brand new one. There are lots of options here, with hardwearing tarmac, the more aesthetically pleasing paving stones or even shingle all worth considering.

Garden landscaping

If you aren’t a keen gardener, it’s very easy to see your outdoor space get out of control. Overgrown shrubs, untended lawns and unruly hedges all detract from your home’s first impression. What’s more, a poorly tended garden can also rob you of the chance to enjoy the outside of your home during the warmer spring and summer months.
Investing in landscaping gives you back full use of whatever outside space you have and can give you a garden that suits your own needs and level of green-fingered expertise. Whether that means a new lawn and flower beds for planting shrubs, plants and herbs or a decked area and patio for outdoor dining, investing in improving this part of your home gives you more space, a place to relax when the sun is shining and room for pets, children and entertaining.

Windows and doors

New windows and doors can make a huge difference to the energy efficiency of your property but, they can also increase security too. Today’s door and window options include a whole range of styles and materials, from the typical uPVC to more traditional wooden style windows with a modern twist.

Security lighting

Adding exterior lighting is a great idea in the winter months, as darker nights increase the risk of burglary and property damage. There’s a huge range of security lighting solutions on the market at present, in a wide variety of styles and technologies.