One of the most valuable home renovations is your windows. Not only do they give your house a modern appeal, but it helps increase your property value. Nowadays, most new windows offer energy efficiency amongst other valuable qualities that will help your house look and feel great, both inside and out.
Let’s begin with bay windows. They can bring allure to your living room area. This type of window protrudes from an exterior wall and creates a small shelf in the home. And what about dual-pane windows? Dual pane windows are great at keeping noise out and helps eliminate inefficient air circulation. Another interesting option of windows you can opt to install are floor-to-ceiling windows. These windows help the room feel bigger and brighter and add an architectural interest to your home.
There are many more styles of windows that you can install in your home to make it look more appealing, just remember, depending on the style and number of windows you want to replace, the costs of this renovation will run approximately $1,000 – $15,000, but it will improve your home’s appearance and add value to your property.
Paint Exterior and Interior
It’s amazing what a little paint can do for the appearance and value of a house. If you have a significant paint project, there’s no better time than the summer as the warm weather allows for the paint to cure properly and ensure that the paint will last longer.
This is a project you can easily do yourself but if you choose to hire a professional, make sure they are a lead-safe certified contractor. And while you can use any color you want to paint both the interior or exterior of your property, it is recommended you use warm and inviting colors.
More than likely, this is one of those projects where you will spend more time trying to choose the right color than doing the actual painting, so make sure you select a good quality paint that fits your needs as you’re not only choosing the color but also the finish (i.e., matte, glossy).
Expect to pay between $25 to $75 per gallon of paint. More expensive paints will cover the walls better and last longer. As a rule, most people will paint the whole house in white as it helps it feel bigger and brighter.
Upgrade the Front Door
Believe it or not, upgrading your front door can add significant value to your home. A front door replacement has a high return of investment, can transform the look and feel of your house and it can also provide additional savings in heating and colling expenses.
A properly installed new front door will keep out drafts and help regulate the temperature inside the house. It won’t only help keep you and your loved ones comfortable, but it will also reduce wasted energy created from inefficient airflow.
Some of the front door options you have are steel, rustic, contemporary and fiberglass doors. Each of these door has their own benefits, but you won’t go wrong with any of them as long as you make sure it fits your needs.
Sometimes painting your siding isn’t enough. Depending on the age of your property and its materials, your property might be overdue for a facelift. Installing new siding will help your property look modern and it also adds resale value to your home.
Additionally, it also adds an extra level of insulation, increasing your heating and cooling systems’ energy efficiency. Moreover, siding also helps keep water and other weather elements away from your home’s structure.
You can opt to install wood siding, but this requires painting and staining. Nonetheless, it provides a unique and attractive look that only few other materials can match. Vinyl and fiber cement siding are lower maintenance and less expensive, and they come in various colors and textures. Lastly, you can opt for brick and stone veneers, but these are usually the costliest.
If you have determined that replacing the siding is not an option for the time being, a pressure wash can remove stuck-on debris and grime. Please keep in mind that some types of siding can be painted to refresh their look. Even vinyl siding can now be painted if you choose acrylic latex paint in a lighter color than the original vinyl.
Whether you tackle all or just one of these summer renovation ideas, always remember to add your style and touch. It’s good to modernize your property as it can bring added value but there’s not better value than the emotional value you give it. These summer renovations are your own personal touch and style, so make it a good one that can easily make your property the most captivating house of the block!