Maintenance5 min

Straight from the Pros: Exterior Home Improvement Projects for a Better Investment

Your home’s exterior serves as an important first impression and may make or break your property’s value. So, sometimes it is what’s on the outside that matters most.

With summer in full swing, it’s time to take on those much-needed outdoor projects that were neglected during the winter months. You may have several home improvement projects you want to tackle, so how do you know which will provide the best value?

Siding, Trim or Shakes

One of the most eye-catching aspects of a home’s exterior is the siding, so make it count by choosing aesthetically pleasing options that have shown a history of product strength. According to Hanley Wood, a re-siding project on average recoups 75.6% of the cost, making it a viable option.

Also, consider accents to further the look. “Adding accents like trim and shakes fortify specific architectural features of the home for greater curb appeal,” says Kyle Miller, marketing and sales director at All Around. 

Patio, Deck or Porch

Enjoy the warmer weather with a patio, deck or porch addition for an outdoor entertaining space to host friends and family throughout the year. Plus, you’ll relax yourself knowing the average return at resale is estimated to be 90.3%

Sheds

Brent Taylor, owner of O.C. Taylor, touts sheds as an excellent home improvement project. “One of the many important considerations when purchasing a home is how much storage is available. A shed is a perfect solution for not taking up valuable space in the main living spaces while adding value to the whole home.” In addition to the space you’ll gain, you can expect anywhere from a possible 50% to 80% return on investment (dependent on how much you spend). Another great way to use your new shed space is to create a place for some “me time”. Rather than storing tools, use your shed as a place to escape by turning it into a personal sanctuary.

With these suggestions, you’re ready to get started. Your wallet may thank you later.

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Trends5 min

Using the Right Siding for a Modern Farmhouse

In recent years, designers have offered new visions of this classic style and have dubbed it the “modern farmhouse.” Chip and Joanna Gaines from the home improvement show Fixer Upper were relentless promoters of the modern farmhouse aesthetic, which helped make it chic and add “shiplap” to more people’s vocabulary. Last year, Builder magazine named the modern farmhouse one of the top 5 trends in floor plans. While craftsman homes still account for about 25 percent of all house plans, the modern farmhouse is rapidly gaining ground and now has about 15 percent market share.

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How to Keep Your Shed Cooler in Summer

In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun’s radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.

Outdoor Living6 min
6 Ways to Turn Your Backyard into a Summertime Oasis

Who says you need to travel to get away? Look no further than your own backyard to offer a setting worthy of your staycation this summer. If your backyard could use some sprucing up before then, follow these six steps to make it worthy of all your free time this summer.

Curb Appeal5 min
4 Tips to Harmonize Your Home’s Exterior and Outdoor Color Scheme

Summer outdoor entertaining season is officially here! Ensure the atmosphere is just right for guests by creating eye-pleasing symmetry among your home’s exterior, landscaping and outdoor elements. And much of that eye-pleasing symmetry starts with a harmonious color palette. One of the best (and easiest) ways to ensure your home’s exterior and outdoor color scheme is working together? Buy a color wheel at an art supply or home improvement store to effortlessly reference color cohesion before getting started on any projects (however big or small).