Bulky air conditioning units, tangled water hoses, and protruding pipes are all the things that allow us the luxury of cooler homes, electricity, and running water.
But in having those luxuries, it, unfortunately, sometimes means the exteriors of our homes have to suffer.
Your home’s exteriors are a direct reflection of the beauty of your home’s interiors…
Well, that’s the thought, at least, but sometimes our home’s exteriors don’t do a very good job of representing the overall beauty of our home.
One of the golden rules of real estate is that in order to get potential buyers inside your home, your home’s exteriors need to attract them first to make them want to look inside.
This is how you get the term “curb appeal”… Potential home buyers need to be attracted from the curb and this is something that applies to the overall appearance of your home.
In fact, according to livabl.com, the emotions a first-time home buyer experiences when buying a house plays a significant role in their buying decision.
Essentially, exterior eyesores can majorly impact the psychology of a potential buyer on whether or not they’re going to like your home.
This holds true even for exterior additions that add value to a home but still leave a bad taste the mouths of potential home buyers.
For example, adding solar panels to the roof of your home is a great investment. Not only is it great for the environment but it also reduces your monthly electric bills and adds substantial value to your home.
But in the eyes of potential home buyers, it can look like lots of work plus, it’s just overall an eyesore to lots of people.
If you know you’re going to sell your home eventually, it may be better for you to consider moving to a community that shares solar energy.
There are guides on solar energy communities to give you more information on it, but having solar panels installed wouldn’t be a good investment if you don’t plan on living in your home long-term.
Whether you’re looking to sell your home or not, you don’t want your home to be the ugly duckling of the neighborhood.
If your home’s exteriors have dreadful eyesores, there are some quick and easy ways to camouflage them.
Hideous Home Exterior Eyesores and the Solutions to Hide Them
Utility Boxes and Sewer Access Caps
Utility boxes are essential to the overall functioning of our homes but a lot of times, they’re not placed in the most desirable areas of our home’s exteriors.
Electrical boxes can be found on the side of your home and sewer access caps can be found protruding through the grass in your yard, and it’s not very becoming of your home
- If your utility box is on the side of your house, paint your utility box the same color as your house to camouflage it.
- Repurpose vinyl shutters as a screen cover for your utility boxes.
- If your sewer access caps are sticking up through the grass, you can hide it by installing a small corner fence and planting bushes and flowers around the fence.
- For sewer access caps, you can also build an easy slipcover and put a birdhouse on top to add character to your yard.
Garden hoses are an essential part of keeping your yard watered but that doesn’t mean that it has to reside in the yard. Having a tangled water hose in your yard can be an ugly eyesore but luckily it’s a quick and easy fix.
- Invest in a decorative water hose wall mount. But the key to using a wall mount is that you have to actually use it in order for it to benefit your home’s exteriors, meaning when you get done with the hose, put it back on the wall mount.
- Repurpose an old potted floor container as storage for your water hose
Ultimately, with water hoses, you’re the solution to preventing your home from becoming an eyesore, simply by putting the hose back where it belongs.
AC units are solely responsible for proper airflow in our homes but unfortunately, the mass and bulkiness of them are a major contributing factor in the unsightliness of your home. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a constant eyesore to your home.
- Lattice screens
- AC unit covers
- Small privacy fence
There’s no house that’s perfect but it’s the imperfections that ultimately make the perfect house.
Now, to be fair, those imperfections of your home don’t have to be permanent eyesores either. With a little elbow grease and creativity, you can hide those exterior eyesores of your home.
Just because can’t live without them, that doesn’t mean you have to live with them… you can hide them!
Be sure to check with your local utility company and HOA program to ensure you’re not violating any codes.