House prices tend to rise all the time. However, that doesn’t mean you can do nothing and expect your house to increase in value. Your house needs to be maintained and even updated periodically to maintain its value.

Increasing its value above inflation tales extras. But, there are several things you can do to the exterior of your house that won’t cost you much, but they will increase the value of your home.

Paint It

First impressions count. That’s why, when people see your house, they should see one that has a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the windows and doors are clean and well presented. If you have wooden windows they should also be painted.

You can do the job yourself surprisingly cheaply or pay a little extra and get the professionals in.

Either way, your house will look much more appealing which boosts its value.

Create An Entertaining Area

Every house needs an outside entertaining area. It’s where people can relax, entertain,  guests, and enjoy the summer. If you don’t have one consider adding a decked area to your property and make sure it has comfortable seating.

Alongside this, add some lights and take a look at these awnings. An awning is the best way to provide shelter when you need it and effortlessly remove it when you don’t need it.

You can opt for a manual version or an electric one. Both offer the same benefits but the electric one really is effortless.

Tidy The Yard

This is in the same vein as painting the house. It’s all about first impressions and a scruffy yard doesn’t give a good impression. Take a few moments to clear any clutter and do the weeding. You should pay particular attention to the driveway and front entrance to ensure it looks pristine.

When weeding you can also tidy flowerbeds or remove them if they are too much maintenance.

Decorate The Front Porch

If you have a front porch or veranda then you should add some nice features, such as a chair or two and a table. This makes your home look more inviting and increases interest. Whether you’re selling or not, the more appealing your house looks the easier it is to find buyers and the more valuable your house will be.

Add A Pool

If you don’t mind spending a little money then you can add a pool to your yard. It will instantly be worth more and be more appealing. You’ll need to choose a spot near the house but also a safe distance away. It’s best to go for an in-ground pool, although you can choose to have it sticking slightly above the ground.

When designing and installing a pool make sure you check with your local authority, you are likely to need planning permission and you may need a safety fence around it.

Don’t forget, being environmentally friendly is very popular at the moment. If you change any features inside or outside your home, try to use environmentally friendly materials. It will help boost the appeal of your home.