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When it comes to design, it’s arguable that your home’s exterior is even more important than your interiors. This phenomenon, known on as “curb appeal” can have a powerful impact on how well your home is perceived, which in turn can affect things such as its value and how quickly it may sell. If your home’s exterior is looking drab or out of date, you may want to consider updating it using one of these five ways to transform its appearance.
Put on New Roofing
Roofing is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects your assets from the elements and gives your home a finished appearance at the same time. A new roof has the benefit of not only eliminating things like leaks, but can also give your whole house a facelift at the same time.
New, architectural roof shingles help you get the best of both worlds. These attractive, durable shingles have a more substantial look to them than more traditional asphalt shingles. They can mimic the appearance of other materials such as wood or stone, and come in a range of colors and styles. They also feature benefits like algae and hail resistance, so your home roof can remain maintenance-free for many years to come.
Add Some New Siding
While many different exterior styles have come and gone, there’s one that always withstands the test of time and has nearly universal appeal – real wood cladding. Wood cladding has a warm, inviting appearance that can instantly transform the look of a home that’s cold, industrial, or simply out of date. You can install wood cladding right on top of other exterior materials, such as brick or stucco, and wall systems that help ensure your home does not only look attractive but is well insulated and water resistant at the same time. So, now your home will look great and perform well year after year as well.
Add Some New Insulation
While you’re undertaking the addition of new siding or roofing to your home, take the time to consider adding insulation at the same time. Most homes today are under insulated, which leads to higher energy bills, as well as interiors that aren’t as comfortable as they could be. And in the case of roofing, lack of insulation could actually be speeding your roof’s demise, by allowing heat from the attic to escape onto the roof. During the summer, this results in a super-heated roof that could cause deterioration, while in the winter this can cause ice dams to form from melting snow and ice on your roof. Insulating when you add new wood cladding or new roofing can help solve these issues and make your home more comfortable at the same time.
Add a Porch
The front entrance to your home has a major impact on how well it’s perceived. And adding a front porch can create a welcoming sight from the road, increasing curb appeal and your property values at the same time. Many prospective homebuyers mention having a porch or some other type of outdoor space on the home’s that they’re looking for; homes with well-maintained front porches get a more favorable response than homes without them. A front porch can also transform the overall look of your home; adding a porch is a great time to also add or change some of the architectural features of your home’s exterior. Columns, pediments, trim, and other areas can all be changed or updated with the addition of a porch, which in turn can make your home look like an entirely new building by the time you’re done.
Update Your Landscaping
You may not realize it, but changing your home’s front landscaping can have as much as a 20% increase in your home’s value. That’s because landscaping is one of the most important features on your home’s exterior. Good landscaping complements your home, highlighting certain features while masking others. If your landscaping is overgrown, it may be time to cut it back to see what’s hiding behind it and bring your home back out into the open. On the other hand, if you have no landscaping at all, adding some colorful plants along the front walkway can help create a favorable impression, leading guests and prospective buyers right to your front door.
Transform Your Home
While it may not seem like much, these five updates can have a powerful effect on your home’s value, as well as on how quickly it sells when the time comes. Make one or all of these changes to your home’s exterior to give your home a fresh, new look. Well-maintained homes have a beauty and class all their own; if your home is looking run down, take the time to update your exterior to give it new life.