Becky and I were both raised in the same way – you take care of what you have. Our parents didn’t replace something just because we lost it. They didn’t buy something new because it broke. We had to find it or we had to fix it. We want to raise our kids the same way.
Now that we are grown, we show our kids that we take care of our things. When something needs painted in the house, I paint it. I talk about why I am painting it and why I didn’t just let it get worse. When something needs fixed or replaced, we do it, before it gets worse. We want our house to always look as nice as it did when we first moved in. Having pride in your home is important and we want to install that into our kids. This post is sponsored by The Tapco Group in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.
There are a few things that we think really try to stay on top of in the house.
1- Siding/shingles. It is important to take care of it. We like with Grayne Engineered Cedar Shingles because it seems to always just look great. Grayne provides the charm of natural cedar. We like using their absolute color technology, because it provides the most authentic look possible. They have sharp, crisp edges and it is very low-maintance.
Here’s a great example of their work:
2- Front Porch.
You wouldn’t believe what a good pressure washing can do for your front porch:
3- Keep the posts looking like new.
You can tell when a house isn’t well maintained by the posts on the front porch. It is a dead-giveaway. We also like to use KLEERWrap Post Wraps to keep our posts looking like new. It is made from Cellular PVC, Kleer products give the look of wood without the maintenance. They will not rot, splinter, delaminate or swell and are impervious to moisture (plus… no painting required!).
Ps- We also have the KLEERLok Beadboard & Kleer Mouldings in our house:
4- Take care of the yard!
It is an extension of the house and it needs to look nice. Here are some tips.
5- Back porch. Taking care of the back porch or deck matters… this one matters to Becky more than anything else.
We love the look below from Clubhouse. Clubhouse decking is 100% PVC and contains no wood or wood fillers… and no wood related problems like insect damage or rot. We are always worried about termites, so this is a true win-win. Plus, it is lighter (by 25%) than most wood composites.
6- Change out your railings.
The Korelite™ technology creates a unique, dense cell structure providing superior strength and a more solid under foot feel than the competition. Korelite also helps keep moisture out and reduces the opportunity for degradation from mold, mildew, freezing, and thawing, unlike composite decking. (Clubhouse PVC decking features a limited lifetime warranty with 25 year fade and stain protection backed by Deceuninck— a global leader in world-class engineering with 75 years of industry experience.)
7- Paint the shutters.
When your shutters start to look dull, give them a fresh coat of paint.
8- Replace your outdoor lantern light fixtures. Nothing looks worse than 1/2 of the lights lit up at night.
9- An inexpensive change would be to change the house numbers.
10- Check the front door mat. Ours needs replaced at least once a year. We can keep rotating it until then, to keep it looking new and limit the wear in certain areas.
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