When was the last time you stepped back and took a good look at the outside of your house?
Even though we all know by now that curb appeal increases the value of a home; sometimes the house exterior is the last place we want to spend money.
So, if your house needs updating, is there anything you can do to make a difference?
The good news is, yes!
Read on to find out how you can have an updated home exterior with a few simple steps.
How to Have an Updated Home Exterior in 5 Easy Steps
Step One: Clean Up
The first thing to do if the entire exterior of your house looks unattractive and you don’t know where to start is to clean up.
Use our home exterior spring cleaning guide and get started. You would be surprised by how much more you will like your house when it’s clean.
Here are some simple ideas:
- Clean out your gutters. It’s always best to do this first, as it can tend to be a dirty job.
- Powerwash the exterior of your house, including siding, driveway, patio, deck, and windows. Make sure to do it in the right order!
- Weed your landscaping.
- Trim the grass and prune your bushes and trees.
Step Two: Replace the Small Things
You might not think to replace or repaint your front porch light or to do the same for your front door, but those are the things that actually can make the most significant impact on your house’s value.
Other ideas for updates include hardware like your doorknob, house numbers, and door knocker, and your mailbox.
In addition, you could consider planting a flowering bush or two in the right place. All the details add up!
Step Three: Update the “Trim”
If you can’t replace your siding right now, why not paint everything around it?
You can make a house look new by adding or replacing old shutters or repainting or replacing the trim around your windows and the soffits and fascia.
Just make sure you prep it correctly to avoid having to repaint in a year.
Swap out a dated color for bright white, and it looks like a new house. Window boxes are another way to add value and interest without spending much money.
Another way to update the trim on your house is by replacing your gutters and downspouts.
Are they old and falling apart? Then you need to do it anyway.
Do they blend in with your house? Sometimes this is desirable. However, sometimes you can make your home look top notch by adding new gutters.
Step Four: Windows
Dated aluminum windows aren’t just inefficient. They are not aesthetically pleasing. In addition, they are the surest way to keep your house exterior looking dated.
If you are thinking about improving your energy bills, replacing your windows may be just the thing you need to give your curb appeal the boost it needs.
Talk to one of our professionals today about styles and pricing and how to qualify for rebates!
Step Five: Consider Adding Value
Are you in the market for new siding? Perhaps you are tired of repainting your house every year. You may also want to change the entire look of your home. There are many options out there for every budget.
Vinyl and composite siding comes in many different colors, shapes, and styles so that you are less limited than ever before.
Do you want to add value as you replace your siding? Consider adding some stone elements to the front of your house. Stone is timeless and also popular right now. Adding stone will help you get a high return on your investment.
Bringing it Home
With some cleaning and a few new elements in the right places, it’s a good bet you will be a lot happier with your home’s exterior for years to come.
If you are interested in new siding, windows or gutters and downspouts and live in Southeast Michigan, please call. We would be honored to help!