Make your home stand with 3 simple ways to add curb appeal!
When you first buy a home, the excitement of owning property keeps you motivated. You decorate it, tend to the lawn, and host outdoor parties so guests can marvel at your backyard. Over the years, unfortunately, the excitement wears off. Then, one day as you are driving up to your home, you realize that your once brand-new construction is beginning to look worn down and dated. So, you decide that it’s time to get your curb appeal back.
Brand New Exterior
One of the most obvious ways to add curb appeal to your home is to give it a facelift. Get rid of old siding that is torn, cracked or damaged in any way. Check for mold and mildew that may have developed from trapped moisture. And because there are more siding options than ever before, make sure to do your research. Consider on of the following materials:
- Engineered Wood Siding
- Stone Siding
- Stucco Siding
There is diversity in the type of materials available, as well as a variety of colors and textures. Increase property value by choosing a material that works best for your tastes.
Many homeowners believe that painting the window trims on the exterior of the house counts as an upgrade. Unfortunately, slapping on a coat of paint will only do so much for the aesthetic of your property. Eventually, you will need to assess if there is serious damage that requires immediate attention.
A broken framework is noticeable from a distance and is a major eyesore. Instead of trying to repair those damages, opt for brand new windows instead. Why not say goodbye to ugly old windows and upgrade to something more contemporary? Better yet, you can upgrade to Energy STAR windows for your property, as they not only come in a variety of styles, but they also save you money on your utility bills.
You will use less energy to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, which translates into hundreds of dollars in savings — that you can then apply to next year’s renos.
Look for a window installation company with a reputable work ethic that does not employ sub-contractors. You want to be able to trust the people that are working on and in your home.
Reimagine the Landscape
This may seem obvious to some, but there is more to landscaping than watering your lawn, though that is certainly a good place to start. To begin, have a plan. Understand what you need from the space. Are you creating an area of relaxation with perfectly trimmed bushes? What kinds of plants and flowers do you want to see? How will this look alongside the patio or outdoor deck?
Think about the space you are working with and the attention to detail you can routinely give it. Though, as noted before, healthy, cut grass is the basic foundation for any landscaping project. No one enjoys seeing dry grass or a cluttered front yard, especially in the middle of summer. Landscaping your property takes effort, but the overall impact it has on curb appeal is tremendous.
Consider how much the quality of your home’s exterior says about the quality of your home’s interior. If the first impression people get is negative, would they think that the rest of the home is any better?
Preserving your home’s curb appeal will not only increase the value of your home, but it also increases the neighbourhood’s property value; a bonus if you ever consider selling your home.