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.

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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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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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.

Trends5 min
Trend Alert: Sleek & Smooth Style on the Rise

It’s no surprise that 97% of realtors say that curb appeal is most important to a potential buyer, which makes keeping up with the latest exterior trends a priority to homeowners. While traditional exteriors like stone and brick can add uniqueness as accents, according to LP industry experts, homeowners these days are gravitating toward sleeker and smoother siding options to cover the bulk of their homes.