Thinking About Curb Appeal
If you love your house, you want to do what you need to do to make it look nice. A nice-looking house is a joy to come home to after a hard day’s work. And let’s be honest: it’s also just nice to have other people look at your house with a twinge of envy, right? What we’re talking about here is curb appeal. How does your house look when someone is passing by on the street? Some things are easy to fix–for example, a new coat of paint, a new mailbox, nicely-trimmed flowers; while it’s easy (and relatively cheap) to improve your house’s exterior in small ways like this, there are just some things that simply require the services of a professional. If you’re not sure what sorts of things you need to consider when thinking about curb appeal, read on for some basic ideas:
Go Big or go Home
No discussion of curb appeal is complete without touching on the real biggies, so let’s get it out of the way first: putting in a new roof will completely transform the look and appeal of your home. Next to a new roof, new exterior siding — vinyl, aluminum, etc — is the next best way to up your house’s curb appeal. If these are too big, or simply not what you think your house needs right now, no problem: there are other things to think about as well.
Replacing Rotten Wood
Any house with wood on the outside faces the prospect of water damage at some point, and if your house is several years old, it’s very likely that some of the wood has started to rot. It takes a professional to accurately inspect the wood in order to find and replace the damaged pieces expertly and efficiently. Make sure that this inspection also extends to any porches or patios.
Driveways and Sidewalks
Old houses often have broken and cracked concrete, which immediately gives an impression of age and decay. Getting the cracks in your driveway and sidewalk repaired can go a long way towards making your house look young and vibrant again. Refinishing the entire sidewalk can make it look brand new.
Windows and Trimming
It’s been said that the windows are the eyes of your house. If that’s true, and if it’s also true that the eyes are windows to your soul, then it’s not far off to say that the windows of your house say a lot about the soul and character of the home within. Because of that, it is not an exaggeration to say that it is vital that you take the time to make sure your house’s windows are in tip-top shape. Even if the windows are fine, adding, replacing, or fixing the existing trim around the windows–things like shutters, for instance–can really help to make your house stand out from the rest of the homes on the street.
These are a few suggestions of things you should review when trying to improve your house’s curb appeal. If you’re thinking about any of these projects for your home, or you would like advice on further options to consider, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you!