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6 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

02 BeforeCurb appeal is the first thing that attracts homebuyers. First impressions are everything, especially when people usually remember the bad ones more than the good.

But where do you start when it comes to revitalizing your home’s exterior?

These effective curb appeal tips will help your home stand out and increase its value.

Tip #1: Custom Wood Doors

A custom front door has a big effect on your home’s curb appeal. Whether brand new with artistic touches or restored with added personality, a custom wood door is the perfect remodel to impress buyers and guests. Go bold with dramatic designs and  stains. Make doors really stand out with polished metal knobs, locks and knockers.

Tip #2: Repair the Roof

No curb appeal tips are complete without including the most vital exterior structure. Roofs with cracked tiles, missing tiles, curled shingles or splits are a turnoff to buyers. Get them fixed or replaced. The return on investment (ROI) is always good. Inspect the materials, gutters and downspouts to see how they are working and how they affect the roof’s visual appeal. Replacing or repairing old gutters looks great and will prevent clogs and water buildup.

Tip #3: New Paint

It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do to transform the exterior. Paint should always complement the design and time period of a home’s architecture. While there are dozens of colors that will improve curb appeal, check the bylaws in your area. Some SoCal cities mandate only certain color options to ensure continuity with the landscape and to protect property values. Ask expert home remodelers, because they know the bylaws for different cities and counties, and can also provide tips on brands and color schemes. They also coordinate subcontractors for home projects.

Tip #4: New Fences

Rusted metal chain-links or rotting, uneven wood fences are never good. It’s better to have no fence at all than one that is dilapidated. New fences with updated designs add style, safety and curb appeal to any exterior.

Traditional iron-rod or picket fencing complements classic homes, while lattice or vertical board is best suited for contemporary homes. Louver fencing with all-natural varnish will make patios, decks and front yards feel warm and inviting. Finish the remodel with new latches and hinges.

Tip #5: Fix Rotting Wood

This important curb appeal tip is often overlooked. Rotting wood panels, windows and trim must be improved to keep a home looking clean and fresh. This work is all about the details, no matter how small the fixes may seem. There’s no point in painting only to have it to chip and peel because of degraded wood. Apply the restorations to soffits, freeze boards and molding.

Tip #6: Renew the Porch or Deck

Just like rotting wood, a faded or rundown porch/deck reduces your home’s curb appeal. Even if your current porch or deck is in good shape, after years of home remodels and repairs, it may no longer fit with the exterior design. Simple updates or expansions of porches are effective ways to improve curb appeal. Choose a porch or deck that reflects the home’s design.

These curb appeal tips are only as good as the skilled people who make them a reality. Not everyone has the time or tools to complete such exterior renovations. Rely on local remodeling experts who understand homes in your SoCal area.

Romney Tripp of RWT Design & Construction“Romney Tripp started construction in 1977 and formed RWT Design & Construction in 1992, eventually setting up the shop in Burbank. From the mid 1980’s Romney has been working on building recording studios as well as…” Read more.

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