How To Update the Exterior of Your Home

When it comes to decorating we think about inside, but what about the outside? With our range of exterior house paint and tips, give your home exterior a makeover.

Exterior house design tips to make your place stand out from the crowd. Whether you’re selling your home or just can’t stand the sight of weathered, peeling paint anymore, Dr Dulux is here to answer your questions for a home exterior makeover to be proud of.

Q: Hi Dr Dulux. We’re in the process of selling our home, but the outside of our property isn’t looking its best. We’d love to know how to make it look more appealing to buyers. Any tips on which colours we should go for and how to make easy updates? – George, Nicosia.

A: George, I’m glad you asked. Exteriors are so often neglected. But, as you know, a tidy facade is crucial if you want to make a good first impression with potential buyers. Follow these tips and I promise your place will make the right one.

 

The importance of a modern house exterior in selling your home

A study by Dulux Weathershield found that adding a lick of paint to your home’s exterior can help increase its perceived value by up to 25%! It also identified that flaky front doors & window frames are a top pet peeve, followed closely by crumbling masonry and cracked walls. Furthermore, 93% of us are more likely to attend a viewing if the house’s exterior is well maintained.

If you only do one thing to update the exterior of your home, make it a fresh coat of paint for your front door and window sills. Here’s how to get started.

Use the right exterior house paint
The most important aspect of exterior house paint is that it stands up to the weather and lasts the distance.
Dulux Weathershield All Weather Protection Smooth Masonry Paint with our unique Stay Clean technology protects against dirt and mould growth and provides long lasting protection against cracking, flaking and peeling for all types of weather conditions for up to 15 years.

• Breathable Paint Film – allows moisture and air to be released whilst preventing rain from penetrating
• Flexible Paint Film – covers minor imperfections including hairline cracks across different surfaces
• Mould & Algae Resistant Paint Film – contains an algicide and fungicide to protect the paint film from staining due to mould, algal and fungal growth
• Rainproof – quick drying formulation that provides a protective barrier to rain water in just 30 minutes.

Make a statement with masonry colour

When you update the exterior of your home for yourself, go wild and pick whatever shade takes your fancy. However, when you’re looking to sell, it’s best to go for a crowd-pleaser rather than the hot pink of your dreams. Weathershield found that the majority prefers exterior house paint that’s classic white or off-white colours.

Highlight your front door

While you might not want to splash out with intense colour on the whole house, it always makes sense to highlight the door to your domain. Best of all, your front door offers the easiest way to update the exterior house design with a minimum of fuss or effort. Just ensure the colour complements the exterior house paint and don’t forget to include the colour of the roof in the overall vision.

Impress with exterior décor
Research shows that poorly maintained gardens and dirty windows are also among our top bugbears. So, if you’re selling, pop the gardening gloves on for a tidy-up and don’t forget to make those windows sparkle too. After that, exterior décor helps to polish the overall appeal of a modern house exterior. Start with outdoor wall décor that fits with the style of your home. Great options include lanterns or wall plants placed above the door or in between the door and a window.

Window décor helps to unify paint colours, so consider pots on the sills in a shade that matches your door or window frames, if this differs from the rest of the house. Depending on how much room you have, it’s a nice touch to add outdoor ornaments and furniture to highlight the lifestyle benefits of living in your home.

Whether it’s for you or potential buyers, nothing says ‘welcome’ like a home that looks lovingly cared for with a fabulous home exterior makeover.