Your home’s curb appeal affects more than just the value of your home, but the value of the homes around you. By taking the time to care for the exterior of your home, you can help keep the overall value of the neighborhood up while also providing yourself with an attractive space to use and enjoy. If you are interested in improving your home’s curb appeal, consider starting in these areas.
Gardening and Landscaping
Properly managing your garden and landscape can make a significant difference in the appeal of your home, and certain changes can often be made relatively inexpensively. For example, if you have overgrown plants, consider taking the time to trim them into shape.
Hedges and bushes can often be managed with some simple gardening tools, allowing you to get a work out in while beautifying the space. Smaller trees may also be manageable, but often requires specialty tools, but large trees may require the services of a professional.
If you have a gardening space, but the soil seems to be lacking the organic material plants require to thrive, consider making your own compost to improve the quality of the soil. A compost pile can be started fairly easily with certain food scraps being the primary material required. If you are looking for faster results while composting, consider adding a worm compost bin over a traditional compost bin.
Siding and Trim
If your siding and trim are showing their age, it may be time to paint or replace them. It can be somewhat costly, but it will have an immediate impact on the overall look of your home. Refreshing the paint can be completed by the homeowner, as long as the proper safety equipment is involved, though it may be time consuming to complete all of the necessary steps. Hiring a paint crew does add an additional expense, but most professionals have the equipment and manpower necessary to complete many jobs in as little as one day.
The installation of new siding is generally more complicated than painting, and generally requires a professional to ensure everything is installed properly. Failure to properly install siding can lead to damage to your home over time, especially if water is able to seep behind the siding and reach the walls underneath.
Roofs and Porch Covers
As with siding, most roofing projects should be managed by a professional, as improperly installed roofing materials can lead to significant water damage over time. However, it is another aspect of your home that can immediately increase the visual appeal of your home, regardless of whether you prefer standard architectural shingles, metal roofing, or Spanish tile.
Porch covers, as long as they are not actually a part of the roof, may be able to be replaced by the homeowner. Most commonly, awnings and pergolas that do not tie in to the roof of the home do not require the same level of professional expertise as roofing, but it is important to understand how the cover is supported and whether or not you will need a permit before you can begin the work.
If you aren’t certain about the best way to proceed on any home improvement project, it is wise to consult with a professional before beginning any work. Additionally, you should always check with local officials to determine if your project requires any official permits or inspections in order to be completed.