Over the past 12 months, there has been a significant increase in the amount of home renovations being completed across the country. Last summer we saw a significant increase in exterior home renovations, as most Canadians were spending unprecedented amount of time at home. This summer is shaping up to be no different. We have already seen newscasts highlighting that pool companies are booked right through to September and that the price of wood has increased due to the lack of supply to meet the demand. But, building a new deck or having a pool installed aren’t the only exterior renovation projects one can undertake to increase their home’s appeal and enjoyability. There are numerous upgrades that can be completing, leading to increased curb appeal and higher home value.
If you are considering completing some exterior home renovations this spring and summer, but aren’t sure which upgrades to take on, our team of contractors share their insights on which upgrades will increase your property value and enhance your home’s exterior.
Your roof faces constant attack from the elements. The sun, wind, rain, hail and snow all take a toll on your roofs ability to protect your home over time. If your roof is 15 – 20 years old, it is time to consider a replacement or at the very least a professional maintenance check and repair. Not only does your roof protect your home, it can add to your home’s charm. Replacing your roof allows you to change your roofing colour or shade leaving a different look and feel to the exterior of your home all together.
Repaint Your Home
A fresh coat of paint can renew any area of your home, and that includes the exterior walls. Freshen up your home and boost your curb appeal by repainting your home’s exterior walls. If you are looking for a drastic change, look to change the colour of your home completely. If you just want to freshen things up, consider painting just your front door and perhaps some accent pieces around your home.
Introduce Exterior Lighting
A simple, but powerful exterior home upgrade is to install lighting. There are multiple exterior lighting options available, from path and garden lights to exterior pot lights around the upper edge of your home. Additional lighting is extremely beneficial at night as it helps illuminate your property, but also accentuates your home and landscaping.
Upgrade Your Garage Door
For many homes, the garage door is a focal point of the exterior, after all it is a fairly large piece of your home. Upgrading your old garage door to one that matches your design style or that has its own character is a great way to upgrade your home’s exterior appeal. The options for new garage doors are vast, from rustic to modern you are sure to find a door that matches the rest of your home’s style.
Incorporate Flower Beds
A great weekend DIY home upgrade is adding flower beds to the front of your home. Natural vegetation and blooming flowers help make your yard feel more vibrant and inviting. Flowers look gorgeous, smell great and have the ability to add the WOW factor to any yard.
Upgrade Your Front Porch
The front door of any home is naturally the focal point, as it is where anyone walking up to your home is looking. Taking some time to enhance your front entrance area can go a long way in increasing your home’s exterior aesthetic. Consider upgrading the front door, adding some new furniture or even a porch swing, and include some larger potted plants to add colour and texture to your entrance way.