Increase Curb Appeal

Published on April 2nd, 2015

Exterior Spring Cleaning to Boost your Home's Curb Appeal

It's finally springtime and as homeowners start tackling their spring cleaning checklist, we’d like to bring their attention to an often forgotten area of the home: the exterior. While many homeowners may be focusing their attention inside, it’s important to note that the exterior is just as important – if not more – when it comes to spring cleaning. The exterior of your home can take quite a beating over the winter months. But, with some proper care and maintenance, you can keep your home in great condition for years to come. This list of exterior spring cleaning tasks can help clean up any winter damage and possibly increase the curb appeal of your home.

Lawn and Garden

Snow and ice aren’t usually kind to your lawn or garden. After the ice melts, spring is a great time to apply your green thumb to your home's exterior. You can start by pruning and pulling weeds. After cleaning up your beds, you can then figure out what kind of plants you want to add – planting flowers and adding mulch can breathe new life back into your yard. Potted plants on your porch can also make your exterior look more welcoming.

Making Replacements

The outside of your house may feature elements that need to be replaced from time to time. Consider updating your house numbers, your mailbox, lighting fixtures, door lockset, and any elements that increase – or decrease – your home's curb appeal. The gutter system is also another element to consider replacing. Not only can a bad gutter system be an eyesore, it can also cause problems like basement flooding and landscape damage.

An Exterior Facelift

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the exterior of a home. Inspect your home for any obvious damage, like cracks or rotting material. Replace the siding and trim if those are looking dingy after the winter months. After you’ve made all the necessary repairs, consider updating the trim, adding shingles or painting your front door with a statement color.

Exterior Renovations

If you’re considering making any expensive exterior renovations, but find yourself lacking the funds, then using a cash-out home refinance loan may be the option for you. Consider the pros and cons before you apply for a home refinance loan. You also need to take into account the current and possible future value of your home, how much your monthly payment will be, and how long you plan to live in the home. While home renovations may be expensive, they can add tremendous value to your home. Then, if you put it on the market for sale, you may end up getting every dollar back that you put into it.

When you’re considering a home refinance loan for renovations, it’s important to weigh all your options. Contact our Housing Buzz Specialists for help in analyzing your options.

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