5 Exterior Home Improvements

5 Exterior Home Improvements
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    Houses are not only somewhere to live, but a way to make a significant return on your investment, and while you may agonize over selecting the right color palette and the remodeling of the interior, the exterior of the home is often neglected of the same care and attention.

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Here are 5 ways that you can refine your homes exterior to increase curb appeal, the enjoyment you get from your home, and value.

Wooden Fencing

The boundary fence of your property will need regular care and attention to maintain its aesthetic and ensure its longevity. Neglected fencing straightaway makes a property look tired and drab. Being exposed to harsh sunlight in the warmer seasons and then the harsh weather that the colder months bring causes the wood to crack and fade. Treat your fencing with a protective stain to defend it from the elements.

Exterior paintwork

The best way to make a big impact on your home’s exterior is to give it a lick of paint. To get the best coverage you must have a clean surface, so preparing your walls is essential. The best way to remove the debris and loosen any peelings is by using a pressure washer; this will also remove any mildew that may have built up over time.

Where two different types of materials join, use caulk to seal any cracks. Examine the stucco and repair any pits or cracks before you start painting so that you have an even surface.

Garage

Your garage’s visibility has a major impact on your home’s curb appeal, and so you should make every effort to profit from its full potential. Make sure that the doors are in full working order. You may find that if they don’t shut properly the rollers need replacing or the hinges need attention, in which case a garage door repair Dallas is needed before you tackle how the doors actually look. The most beautiful doors will not look great if they are hung badly.

Porch

Your porch and front door is where you welcome guests, and so it should be a welcoming space that sets the tone what can be expected indoors. A well decorated and planned porch will add curb appeal and could even extend the living area, depending on its size of course. Make sure that the paint is not peeling, and that the area can be well lit for safety and a welcoming feel.

Front door

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Your front door should at a minimum be cleaned thoroughly. You will be surprised how giving a door a good clean can really brighten it up, but make sure to pay attention to the hardware too – use a non-abrasive automotive or furniture wax to really make it shine.

You may wish to replace your front door to add an accent of color and a stylish addition to your home.  If you are repainting your front door, remember to prepare the surface before you pick up a brush.

The best time of year to undertake improvements to your home’s exterior is on dry days during the spring or fall before or after the plants are at their full height. Once you have completed working on these 5 areas, you can then focus on how you can landscape your garden to accentuate the features and benefits of your home.

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