Whether you have recently moved into a new home or you’ve lived in your house for several years, there are a few quick fixes you can make to keep your home looking good. In just 48 hours you can refresh your house’s energy and vitality, keeping you inspired and fall in love with your home.

The first step is “housescaping”—manicuring, trimming, and polishing the appearance of your home. Removing overgrown shrubs and trees, especially those blocking windows, can make a huge difference in not only the view from outside the house, but also the lighting indoors. Trim the grass and shrubs that have grown too close to walkways as well to give your yard a more polished look. Adding new, smaller plants and thick mulch in beds and around trees is a great finishing touch.

The next step is a good scrub—Many homes do not need repainting as much as they need to be washed. You can rent a pressure washer and spray off siding and windows to give a quick polish. Walks, porches and driveways can be sprayed down as well. Shingled roofs with dark algae stains can be cleaned with a solution of water, bleach, and trisodium phosphate.

Repainting or replacing the front door and adding new hardware is a great start, but polishing up the mailbox, adding modern-looking house numbers, and installing new lighting are quick fixes that are often overlooked. Installing spotlights in your yard that highlight the trees and unique architectural or landscaping features is an easy project that will make your home look more aesthetically pleasing.


Source: Kathryn Weber, GetDecorating.com