After being bundled inside all winter, many Central New Yorkers take this time of year to clean and update their home. Of course large renovations and remodels can create a new look, small projects can be done to create or add curb appeal to your home, as well. Whether your selling your house or staying there another 20 years – keeping up with improvements and updates benefit the look and functionality of your home. Small projects could include:
- Makeover your mailbox: Mailboxes should complement the home and, in some cases, may express the homeowner’s personality. Paint the wooden post to match the house’s exterior color, or add a flowering garden around the base.
- Adding outdoor art: Choose water-resistant pieces that complement your home’s natural color palette – birdbaths, sculptures and wind chimes make good choices for outdoor art.
- Updating your gutter and downspout system: An older gutter system may have peeling, rust spots, cracks or other problems that can convey a sense of neglect. Replace old systems with new, gutter systems that not only look better, but will operate better during those rainy days.
- Creating symmetry on your home: Symmetry is pleasing to the eye – adding symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways and boost curb appeal.
Thinking bigger? Try:
- A new entry door system: Your front entry door is the focal point of your home. Make a statement by replacing it with a colorful door and reflect on the home’s interior by adding a wreath or decoration.
- Replacing old windows: Older windows tend to have painted exteriors that peel and may become difficult to open over the years. Replacing your old windows with new vinyl replacement windows will add a clean look to the exterior of your home, make your home more energy efficient and are easy to clean, maintain and operate.
- Replacing your siding and trim: An exterior facelift automatically transforms the look of a home. Any obvious defects, such as cracked or rotting material, can downgrade the aesthetic and are overall displeasing to look at. Vinyl siding not only improves the look of the home, but doesn’t require continuous painting and up-keep. It’s easy to clean and, if insulated, provides additional energy-efficiency to the home!