Curb Appeal5 min

6 Steps to Create a Welcoming Home Exterior

Most homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and money making their home’s interior inviting, but can sometimes fail to prioritize exterior upgrades. It’s important to ensure the home style design of your exterior offers the same welcoming atmosphere that your interior provides so guests feel your hospitability right from the curb.

Here are the top six tips and tricks to create a home aesthetic that makes your guests feel welcome before even stepping foot inside. 

  • Give your front door a fresh coat – When guests approach the welcome mat, they shouldn’t be distracted by a dull door with chips and dings. By adding a fresh coat of paint, they’ll get a great first impression from the start.
  • Add accent trim – Simple accents can make a big difference. Adding trim, for example, can accentuate your home’s visual flair and symmetry.
  • Don’t forget about your mailbox – A neglected or mismatched mailbox can take away from a home’s look and charm. Ideally, a mailbox color and style should mirror that of the home’s siding for a cohesive look from the curb.
  • Remember landscape lighting – Adding lighting to illuminate the walking path to your front door will ensure guests feel invited even in the evening hours. 
  • Add window boxes full of bright plants and flowers – Vibrant plants and flowers around the home can add an eye-catching pop of color. Choose metal for a traditional look and wood for a more charming addition beneath the windows.
  • Think beyond the front yard – Sure, the front yard is what guests will see first when arriving at your home. However, consider an outdoor element like a backyard shed, which can be visible from the curb, for a unique focal point.

An exterior that is welcoming is sure to make your guests feel right at home. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a more inviting home in no time.

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Renovation5 min

Tips on Re-Siding in Historic Districts

If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it’s important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.

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Renovation5 min
Top Four Home Exterior Tips for Fall

With fall just around the corner, it’s time to plan how you will ensure your home’s exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.

Trends6 min
Using the Right Siding for a Ranch Home

Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn’t gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America’s favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the ‘80s and ‘90s, but it’s making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch’s charm—much like they did with bungalows.

Maintenance4 min
What First-Time Buyers Should Know About Home Maintenance and Storage

Most first-time homebuyers arm themselves with a lot of information about mortgage interest rates and closing costs. What they sometimes overlook are the repair costs prior to moving into previously owned homes and the long-term maintenance costs associated with homeownership.