Apply a fresh stain to the garage door

If your garage door is otherwise in great shape or you just can’t afford the big price tag for a new one, try applying a fresh stain.  To make it easier, time this project to follow right after you freshen up the rest of the house with a good power wash. Try a stain that’s a close match or a complement to the color of your front door–just make sure it all works well together with the rest of your home and doesn’t look too wild.  

Take care of minor maintenance

The little things really can add up, and not in a good way when it comes to the little signs of wear-and-tear and minor fixes.  Take stock of any worn patches of paint, light bulbs or window screens in need of replacement, small chips, or cracks in any concrete or brickwork (leave any large issues to the pros!).  Make a list and tackle it, perhaps with the help of a few friends!

Accentuate the walkway

There are multiple ways you can achieve the desired functional and aesthetic impacts for your home’s walkway, depending on your personal preferences and budget.  You can replace an existing pathway with one made of stone or bricks in all sizes, forms and types (like granite, slate, or your standard red brick) to add some character or elegance to your home.  Another option is to use ground lights and flowers or small hedges to border an existing concrete or dirt path. Whatever you choose, upkeep is key!

Furnish strategically

While you’re certainly free to choose the style and assortment of outdoor furniture according to functional and decorative tastes, it’s equally important to aim for a balance of form and quantity.  It goes without saying that furnishings in the yard or on the patio should be in great condition and go together well. But also consider the size of the yard compared to the amount of furniture you’re placing in it.  Avoid overcrowding your outdoor space with furniture as it can look sloppy; but don’t under-furnish as this can create a vacant or unfriendly appearance.

An entrance that makes a statement 

Notice a theme here? Your home’s entrance is the one of the few (if not, the only) part of the exterior that visitors will see both up-close and from a distance.  The details matter, so try changing up the hardware at the front door: the knob and hinges, knocker or doorbell, and any decorative elements. Simple, polished looks can be achieved with contrast.  For example, try stainless steel or brass features on a door painted navy or black, or that’s made of darker-stained natural wood.

Rana Khanjani, MBA
San Fernando Valley Iranian-American Real Estate Agent

Providing Services in English and Farsi

Phone: 818.723.9071
Address: 22020 Clarendon St. 200, Woodland Hills, CA 91367