‘Tis the Season for a “Curb Appeal Wish List”

There’s no time like the holidays for making lists! Gift lists, grocery lists, and guest lists help make life easier during this very busy time. But there’s a list that can make life easier for years to come: the things that could transform your home’s curb appeal.

We know you are proud of your home and want to keep it looking its best. But you’re really busy, and we bet you would probably appreciate some help with home maintenance. You may not have even realized that your home’s exterior needs a facelift, but do those holiday guests notice as they wait outside your front door?

Photo courtesy Pella Windows & Doors
Photo courtesy Pella Windows & Doors

Is Your Home Showing Its Age?

While you are busy with family activities and work, your home’s exterior may have simply worn out. Just as there comes a time when a leaking roof needs to be replaced, older exterior fixtures and finishes need to be updated.

We know what to look for and we can help! We frequently see things that give a home a shabby appearance, like light fixtures that are broken or tarnished, doors that have warped or sagged, siding that is faded or stained, and windows that no longer keep out the elements efficiently.

A little maintenance now will make a big difference in how your home looks but can also reduce your home energy costs and how much time, money and effort it takes to maintain its appearance.

Exterior Surfaces

Before you start looking at the details, look at the large surfaces on the exterior of your home. Painting may freshen everything up, but if you’re looking for a solution that will reduce the time and expense of periodic maintenance, consider replacing wood with rot-proof engineered materials such as fiber-cement siding. When you do that, you can also add extra insulation to your home – which can lower your heating and cooling costs.

Photo courtesy Kichler Lighting
Photo courtesy Kichler Lighting

Exterior Illumination

Outdoor lighting is often thought of as a matter of safety and security. Well-placed light fixtures help keep visitors from tripping on your front steps and prevent intruders from approaching unnoticed. Improved lighting can also add a welcoming warmth to your home and can increase its perceived value by as much as 20%, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors.

Windows and Doors

When you step outside and look at what visitors see as they wait for you to answer the door, is everything as welcoming as you’d like? Replacing your front door increases curb appeal instantly. With exterior updates, you have a wonderful opportunity to replace doors and windows with the latest energy-saving products that look better, fit better and are better insulated. High-performance windows provide warmer interior surfaces during the winter and cooler interior surfaces during the summer, so your home always feels just right.

Make a List. We’ll Check it Twice!

With an exterior update, we can improve the energy efficiency of your home while making it feel “new” again. We can replace worn-out elements with new materials and finishes, add the functionality of low-maintenance products, and help reduce your energy bills. If you’d like to stay in your home long-term and would like to fall in love with it again, just give us a call!