There's always that one home on the block that stands out from the rest. It could be the landscaping or the architectural design, but something about the home's exterior attracts attention from neighbors, home buyers and those passing by.
If you want to own the home that everyone admires as they walk by, it's definitely time to give your home's exterior a facelift. There are multiple projects that you can take on to rejuvenate an aged- and worn-looking home exterior. Here are some of the best projects that'll improve curb appeal, add to the function of your home and still offer you a return on your investment.
Install New and Efficient Siding
One source of an aging home exterior is aged siding. Siding repair or replacement might not be the first thing on your list, but the fact of the matter is that it's a project that will make a dramatic difference. If your siding is chipping, peeling, cracking, rotting, warping, fading or bubbling, it's time to look at new long-lasting materials that also look great.
While clapboard adds appeal, vinyl siding cannon tends to be the most popular choice because it comes in a variety of styles and colors and costs about 2.5 times less. Just be sure to have a professional exterior systems contractor from a provider near you install the siding to ensure it's as efficient as possible.
Invest in Landscaping and Hardscaping
Once you've rejuvenated the exterior of the dwelling, the next step will be to take a hard look at your landscaping and hardscaping. A beautiful front yard can only take a beautiful facade to a new level. It's important to look the layout of the property, where privacy is pertinent, and where you love to hang out to renovate the yard so it's functional and aesthetically pleasing. Decide where you want walkways, stepping stones, lighting, gazebos and other elements that are useful and appealing.
Updating the Entryway
The entryway of a home is a natural focal point that can make a dramatic difference when updated. Fortunately, renovating an entryway is a lot more affordable than a siding project or a landscaping renovation. Decide if you'd like to change the architectural layout of the archway or overhang above the door. If you have a porch, lighting features and a dramatic door might be all you need to greet guests in a fashionable manner. You might even want to add Backlit Home Numbers.
Update Your Windows
Those old-fashioned single-pane windows don't just hurt your energy bills, they hurt your home's appearance. There's so many different styles of windows that can act as a design feature and functional feature. Consider garden windows, double-hang windows, arched cut ups, picture windows and bay windows to give your home the ultimate facelift inside and out.
Completely rejuvenating a property does take money and time, but in the end it'll be worth the investment. Dress up your entryway, light up the facade, refresh and revitalize your siding and then you'll feel great every time you pull up the drive.
About the author: Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she's used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. Anica writes on behalf of Lifetime Exteriors, which provides remodeling, restoration, and waterproofing for homes.