Does your home lack in curb appeal? Do you dread driving down the street, looking at your neighbors well kept and visually appealing homes? Do you wish that you could increase your curb appeal, but you do not know where to start? Curb appeal is the combination of all your exterior aspects of the house. If you are looking to increase your homes curb appeal, consider the following projects.
Clean and fresh home siding
The home?s siding is one of the first things you notice from the exterior. Firstly, the type of material used in your siding can really change up the overall look of your house. Brick tends to be a common material, but can be difficult to keep clean. Vinyl siding is probably the second most common, because it is easy to clean, simple to install, and comes in a variety of colors. Home siding colors can be used to brighten your home or to match the colors when replacing a roof. Vinyl siding is also a time efficient choice for a home owner because it is low maintenance, and does not require painting.
Roof maintenance and replacement
A roof that is in poor condition can really bring down the value and overall look of a house. Replacing a roof is one of the best ways to increase the resale value of your home. Potential home buyers are always looking for homes with a solid structure, and that often means replacing a roof when needed. Replacing a roof does not always have to be extremely expensive either. Roofing experts estimate that the life of your new roof will be cut by as much as 20% if it installed on top of the existing roof.
Many homeowners never replace their home?s doors. However, over time a house?s doors get worn down and faded. This is especially true of the exterior part of the door, as it has direct access to the sunlight and other weather conditions. Most remodeling services will recommend door replacements to increase both the interior and exterior of the home. Choosing a strong, durable, and high quality front door will also add to your overall curb appeal. Additionally, match your exterior front door color with the siding and roof color for the best effect.
Windows are a under recognized aspect of the home?s curb appeal. Windows are rarely replaced, unless one is broken or cracked. Window efficiency reduces over time, making it important to regularly replace windows. They also contribute to a home?s curb appeal. Replacement windows should be more durable, upgraded, and of higher quality than the original windows. This prevents you from having to replace all of your windows at once with newer ones. Window replacement can be expensive, however, much of it is recouped in the sale of the house. When you sell your home, window replacement can get back 73 to 77% of its original cost. Choose higher grade windows in different designs for the best curb appeal.
Regular power washing
Sometimes, all a house needs is a good cleaning to increase the curb appeal. If replacing a roof, windows, or doors are not currently in your budget, consider hiring a professional power washing company. They will remove the dirt, grime, and buildup on the exterior of your house. If you have never had power washing services, it is likely that you will notice a significant impact on the curb appeal.
Curb appeal is an important method of measuring a home?s overall look. You have probably heard about curb appeal in magazines, with local realtors, and when shopping for a house. Additionally, if you are selling your house, you have probably been encouraged on the importance of curb appeal to a fast selling home at a good price. To increase your home?s curb appeal, consider a roof replacement, new windows, new doors, colored siding, and a professional cleaning.