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. And be sure to check out this infographic that breaks it all down. 

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Trends5 min

Why More Homeowners Are Choosing Prefinished Siding…And You Should Too

As time fades, so do exterior remodeling trends. One trend we aren’t seeing losing its appeal anytime soon, however, is prefinished siding. If you’re a homeowner considering a residing project, prefinished siding materials are certainly worth exploring. The pros that come with using prefinished siding range from project efficiency advantages like time/labor savings and a cleaner jobsite to aesthetic benefits like color consistency and durability.

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Renovation5 min
A Homeowner’s Perspective: How to Navigate the Renovation Planning Process

When considering an exterior remodel, homeowners can often be intimidated by the layers of planning and countless decisions to be made…from choosing the right remodeler to selecting lasting materials to picking out a paint color. With a large investment, it’s vital for homeowners to put in the time to ensure they are making the right choices throughout the planning process to achieve their desired result.

Curb Appeal5 min
Using the Right Siding for a Craftsman Home

Today’s craftsman-style homes are variations of the ones first built in America in the late 1890s in a revolt against the overly ornate Victorian style of the day. The name was coined by the founder of Craftsman magazine, which was devoted to ensuring “serious architecture” was accessible for working-class families.

Renovation7 min
5 Tips for Getting an Accurate Siding Estimate

You’ve noticed your home’s siding could use a face lift. Maybe your siding is cracked, has damaging build-up or perhaps the passage of time has taken a toll on its appearance. With the primary purpose of exterior siding being to add a protective layer to your home, you’ve decided it’s time for a siding repair or replacement. Now what?