It’s National Home Improvement Month! Spring is the perfect time to boost your resale value, whether you’re staying for years or selling in the near future. Your home’s curb appeal plays a pivotal role in setting your home apart from other properties in the neighborhood.
Your home’s exterior is what others see, and you want to create a strong, lasting first impression to your guests or potential buyers. According to the National Association of Realtors of Home Buyers and Sellers, buyers who used the internet to search for a home increased to an all-time high of 97%. It’s important to make sure those photos look amazing, before you put your house on the market. Major selling points include updated roofing and exteriors. The more a seller has completed, the more attractive the property becomes.
Here are a few property maintenance tips to enhance your curb appeal and increase the value of your home!
1. Update Your Roof
The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers will consider when considering your home. Keeping your roof in good condition is considered a basic part of home maintenance, and a very important one! A roof usually needs to be replaced every 20-25 years, depending on storms, weather, and material. Routine maintenance will also help heating and cooling systems operate more efficiently and prevents leaks in the roof that can lead to water damage.
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, a new roof increases home resale value by a national average of nearly $16,000! The survey also revealed that homeowners who have new roofing installed can expect to recover a majority of the costs. Updating your roof is one of the best things you can do to increase your home’s curb appeal. If you’re unsure of your roof’s condition, it’s important to get a property inspection from a licensed, certified general contractor.
2. Upgrade Your Siding
Siding doesn’t just make your home look attractive, it can also strengthen its structure by providing protection against weather, the elements, and pests. Damaged siding can lead to increased energy costs and cause interior moisture that leads to water intrusion, leaks and mold growth. A dirty exterior is something that shouldn’t be ignored. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, vinyl, metal, brick, or wood are easy to clean, long-lasting, and durable. Upgrade your siding to enhance curb appeal, increase value and attract buyers.
3. Clean Your Gutters
Gutters help channel rainwater, snow, and other moisture away from your home to reduce the chances of leaks, water intrusion and mold and mildew from forming. Old, dirty, or clogged gutters can take a toll on your property’s exterior. Make sure your gutters are free from debris and are able to adequately drain. A clean and functioning gutter system is important to enhance curb appeal and maintain overall condition.
4. Install New Windows
Windows play a huge part in the appearance of a home. If your windows are old and drafty, it may be time to replace them. Air leaks in your windows can make your heating and cooling bills 25% more expensive. Installing energy-efficient windows can offer more insulation to the interior setting and even block out noise from the outside. According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners can recover the majority of the remodeling cost of new windows. Adding new windows will allow the outside of the home to appear more modern and boost the property value of your home.
5. Paint The Front Door
The front door is the focal point of your home, so it’s important that it’s kept looking new and bright. Painting your front door is a simple, easy, and inexpensive way to change the look of your whole house and increase curb appeal. Pick a bold color that stands out, but make sure to match it with the rest of the colors on your house. Your entry is the first thing that people see.
Home Repair: Back to Beautiful
At Home Repair, we have over 25 years of experience providing expert roof repairs and replacements, siding, gutters, windows, exteriors, and more. We help restore your property, “Back To Beautiful”. With our app, you can select different colors, siding, and roofing on a custom interactive 3D model of your home! Choose from a variety of colors, materials, and manufacturer products before making your final decision. As a licensed general contractor, we believe in integrity in action and total customer satisfaction. It’s at the core of our values and it’s evident in our work. From the inspection phase to the selection process to the build, we are with you every step of the way.
Real Estate Agents! Did you know? We have a Real Estate Referral Rewards Program at Home Repair! We work with licensed real estate agents throughout Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia and help your clients with important and restoration work including roofing, siding, and gutters. Whether you’re helping a homeowner buy, sell, or just boost their curb appeal, we’ve got you covered!