Being a homeowner is a lifelong job. The exterior of your home is one of the most important areas that you can improve to create memorable curb appeal. By keeping your home in tip-top shape outside, it will attract a positive first impression as people walk by, giving it the attention it deserves. By upgrading the exterior, you will save money in the long run as you ward off more expensive repairs down the road.
There is the old saying that you only have one chance to make a first impression, so regardless of how nice your interior might be, a negative first impression of the exterior is hard to erase. By deciding to make a sound investment in exterior renovations to create a fine looking home outside, you can not only increase your home’s curb appeal, but boost your property’s value with less effort than you may think. Real estate agents state that exterior renovations is an important factor in determining the home’s value since renovations offer you the best return on investment, whether you plan to sell now or in the future. Here’s a home renovation guide for the exterior of your home.
Everywhere you look, there are magazines, the Internet and television shows that help to inspire people to renovate. Home-improvement stores are chock full of great products for homeowners to improve the outside appearance of their home. According to Mike Holmes of HGTV.ca, about 10% of Canadian homeowners are planning a home renovation. Exterior projects make up almost 40% of renovations and can include a variety of jobs like exterior painting, roofing, decks or patios, siding, foundation work, landscaping, fencing, a garage, sidewalk or driveway work, and gutters or eavestroughs improvements.
Since the average renovation in this country costs about fifteen thousand dollars, you want to put your money where it will do the most good for an upgraded exterior appearance. Sometimes, full renovations aren’t required to achieve your desired goal, so a good rule of thumb to remember with any renovation is that it is easier to restore than replace, especially on a budget.
Exterior renovations can give a tired looking home a new lease on life and dramatically improve its appearance. A great example would be to add some solar panels on your roof, replace old windows or front door with energy efficient models. Since energy savings is always on people’s minds, these types of improvements may cost you some money up front, but the reduced maintenance and lessened cost of heating and cooling will soon compensate for this expense.
Another exterior improvement that can freshen up a house and give it a facelift is to add new coat of paint to the outside. If you happen to have aluminum siding in need of restoration, a low-luster, acrylic exterior paint will do the trick to hide irregularities like small dents or tears. By repainting the exterior, the house will look visually more appealing and the fresh coat of paint will protect the exterior from the elements.
The importance of a well-constructed and maintained roof cannot be overstated. It is one of the first things that is noticed on the exterior of your home and can make all the difference to its appearance. It also says a great deal to passersby about how you maintain your abode. If the roof has outlived its function, has seen better days and fifteen years or older, it may be time to consider installing a new one. If you want a dramatic change in the appearance of the house, choose a new style of roofing to update the look of your home. These materials can include slates, clay, wood and Spanish tiles. Finish the transformation by adding additional smaller features such as skylights, new guttering or fascia’s to improve the look of your property.
Other ways to improve the appearance of your exterior is to have a beautifully designed entryway, which is a welcoming spot for visitors. Consider upgrades to the exterior landscaping such as planting trees and shrubs to hide water meters and air conditioners. Prune overgrown foliage for a polished look and tend to the flower beds. If space allows, add a deck or patio that will extend the living space of your home and provide an entertainment area for family and friends. The more functional your exterior space, the more value will accrue to your home.
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Exterior home renovations not only make a good impression when people come to visit your home, they improve the aesthetics of a home and they’re a sound investment that can boost your property’s value.