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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.

Mix Unexpected Materials

Fall temperatures make it the ideal time to lounge outside, so give your outdoor furniture a makeover with 2019 trends in mind. This year, outdoor furniture sets featuring sleek combinations of aluminum and teak are gaining popularity. If you’re not ready to invest in a new set, start small by adding eye-catching mesh aluminum dining chairs to the mix, which doesn’t have to break the bank (hello curb appeal on a budget).

Prep Your Siding for Colder Months

Before the chilly winter temperatures arrive, ensure your siding will keep the warm air in and cool air out by replacing caulk that has cracked, hardened or lost its seal. If you’re a homeowner, particularly in the northern U.S., that has experienced siding cracks due to frequent freeze/thaw cycles, amiable autumn weather makes it a great time for a replacement. Specifically, a material like engineered wood is designed to withstand freeze/thaw damage (offering a durable option that will also boost front yard curb appeal). 

Warm it Up

According to recent research by Zillow, homes that include outdoor features like fireplaces sold for significantly more than expected. An outdoor fireplace will not only add value to your home, but is on trend with the latest craze of elevating outdoor spaces to create a true extension of the home. And who doesn’t want to enjoy the cool temperatures of fall by a cozy outdoor fire? 

Combine Looks with Function

An outdoor shed can be just the escape you need during the restlessness of the colder months (like offering a hobby haven, home office or exercise space). Zillow found homes with features like a shed sold for 26% more than expected and eight days sooner, making it a solid investment too. Complete the look with privacy fencing, possibly in a subtle red or brown that looks great both during fall and year-round. Engineered wood fencing is a new option that offers the natural look of wood with the low maintenance of vinyl.

Fall is a time for harvest moon and hayrides, but it’s also a terrific time to make smart investments in your home’s long-term curb appeal. So, what are you waiting for?

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Investing in New Construction vs. Renovating an Older Home: Which is Better for You?

While buying a home is an exciting life step, or should we say leap, it can come with the stress of a major financial and emotional commitment as you invest in your future. Many questions come into play, such as the more obvious factors of determining the location, size and yard space that’s best suited for your lifestyle. Another big decision is whether you’ll go the route of new construction or potentially renovate an older home. As with most things, both new and old homes have their pros and cons. We put together a list to help you decide what’s best for you:

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Everything You Need to Know About Board & Batten Siding

Board and batten style siding is enjoying a resurgence as a way to create visual interest in an otherwise blank wall. So, what is “board and batten?” It’s a type of siding where thin strips of wood molding—or “battens”—are placed over the seams of panel boards. The result is an aesthetic that is both rustic and chic, with the strong vertical lines providing shadows and textures to the home exterior.

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Homeowner’s Guide to Remodeling a Historic Home

The story behind your home offers a fascinating glimpse into the people who lived in it as well as how your home fits into the larger story of your city. If you want to remodel your historic home’s exterior, experts advise visiting your local historic preservation commission. If your home lies within the historic overlay district, these commissions often have authority to set rules not only on the visual aesthetic, but the materials as well.

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Mixing Siding with Different Exterior Textures

Mixing different types of siding can give your home individuality and visual appeal, but it can also be difficult to execute correctly without guidance. While some homeowners mix materials to create a contemporary look, others already have a mixed materials home exterior that needs an update. We’re breaking down practical tips to pair exterior materials for a beautiful home.