In an age where 92% of people do their initial house-buying searches online, and 71% of people judge a house by its outside, it might be time to consider updating the exterior of your home. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home anytime in the near future, keeping your home up-to-date and fresh will not only help your house look nice and increase property values in the entire neighborhood, it will also maintain your home’s structure and integrity, keeping the elements outside and everyone safe inside.
The benefits of updated your home, like saving you money on energy bills and preventing issues like water damage, wind damage, and mold far outweigh the upfront costs. Follow these tips to increase your home’s curb appeal, while creating a smaller carbon footprint and making you feel safer.
How to Improve the Exterior of Your Home
Replacing the front door of your home. Replacing your front door will instantly add freshness to the facade, at a 102% return on investment if you do decide to sell your home. You can also increase security, by installing a solid-core door with a deadbolt, locks, and a wide-angle peephole. Newer doors are also more energy efficient. They fit and insulate better than older types, keeping heat out in the summer and in during the winter. Overall, a new door can save you about 10% is energy bill costs.
Residing your house. Residing your house can create a total transformation. According to Remodeling Magazine‘s annual Cost vs Value report, the average return on investment for the East North Central region is 74.5% – 76.7%. This makes new siding a fairly high value and is one of the more recommended methods for gaining value in your home.
Installing new house windows. Updating your windows can provide a fresh look to your home’s exterior, but they will also help you save an average of $250 on energy bills than older windows–just look for energy star windows that are rated to regulate temperature. Energy Star windows tend to be low-emissivity (low-e) windows, coated in a special microscopic metal-oxide that reduces heat loss by 30 to 50 percent. New windows can also provide better safety. They’ll have new latches for locking and safety latches that open easier in an emergency. A bigger investment up-front–averaging $9,700–they will bring you a return on resale of 90%. New windows are one of the smartest investments you can make, even if your not selling soon.
Pressure washing your house exterior. Getting your home, patio, driveway, and walkways professionally power-washed is a cost-effective way to give your home’s exterior an instant face lift. Pressure washing cleans off build-up and dirt. This is also a great step to take before you have your home painted.
These are simple home improvements that will make a big difference in the look and value of your home.
Time to Update Your Home’s Exterior?
Feeling a little overwhelmed by your home’s exterior DIY projects? Let TruHome help!. We’re here to provide your home with a fresh, new look, while simultaneously protecting your home from future potential damage. We offer Vinyl & Versetta Accent Stone Siding options that offers durability, beauty, and are long lasting and top-rated, energy efficient windows.
Contact us to learn more about our exterior house options and how they can add value to your home. On-site assessments and estimates are free and require no obligation with financing options available.
TruHome Inc. is based in Monroe, WI and proudly provides services throughout the Tri-State area.