Whether you are trying to increase the value of your home or simply want a nicer place to live, curb appeal matters. But not everyone has an unlimited renovation budget, despite how reality shows on HGTV and other channels make it seem. These shows make renovating and completely changing your home seem completely easy and cost effective, but not everyone has the money to completely redo their roofing, siding, windows, gutters and every other facet of their home all at once.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, as they say.
The one thing homeowners should keep in mind is that you will likely be in your home for a very long time — if you are thinking of selling soon, you likely aren’t focused on changing its curb appeal to better suit your tastes. Simply replacing your roofing, siding or any other exterior feature isn’t the only way to increase your curb appeal. There are some simple tricks you can do get even more out of your exterior renovation.
If you are looking at getting a new roof installed or replacing your siding, remember that the colors you choose matter. Coordinating the colors of your home’s exterior is a great way to increase curb appeal and allow your home to stand out over others in the neighborhood. Take the time to consider your color options and remember that, while you want to stand out, getting too outlandish with color combinations can also be risky when it comes to the value and appeal of your home.
Match Your Garage and Entry Doors
This is a simple trick that many people forget. A matching garage and entry door can make your home’s exterior appear cohesive, complementary and completely planned in all its little details. Another small change you can make is to add shutters to your windows, which can create a nice contrasting or complementary color scheme.
Create Cohesion Among Your Windows
Considering window replacement? Take this opportunity to change the look of your house with different designs. Just remember that the windows on your house should look like they belong on the same house. Some builders, designers and homeowners become a bit overzealous when installing windows, and this “creativity” can result in some very unappealing homes (see various examples of what have become known as “McMansions” in the US). These houses feature strange window designs that often don’t fit in well with the overall look of the house. If you are considering new windows, work with your contractor to plan them out so that they enhance, not detract from, the look of your home.