Renovations to Boost Your Curb Appeal
Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing for spring cleaning and yard work. Curb appeal is something we hear about a lot in the renovation industry because it is so detrimental to your home’s overall feeling and look. Having a clean, polished exterior can go a long way with impressing guests before they ever step foot inside your home. The added visual value from an exterior renovation can be just the lift your home needs for you to be satisfied with your living space. In this month’s blog post we thought it would be helpful to share some different projects you can do for your home to boost its curb appeal.
Front Door and Entrance
Updating your front entrance has a huge impact on the appearance of your home as it is usually the area for first impressions. Your front porch is where guests are greeted and is the first glance into the rest of your space. You want your front entrance to grab people’s attention in a good way and make guests feel welcome. Renovating this area will make a huge impact on your home’s exterior so take advantage of this space and make it the focal point of your home. We recommend focusing most of your time and resources on this space to really make a difference to your curb appeal.
The extent to which you renovate your front entrance depends on its current condition. Sometimes simple repairs can be made to fix things like broken porch steps, cracked columns, or a chipped door but other times it is more beneficial to renovate on a more substantial level. If going to remodelling route, we always recommend paying attention to small details because they have a large impact on the appearance of your home. Take the time to consider new paint colours (especially for your front door), added trim details, and interesting stone features. You should also focus your exterior lighting on areas you want to be highlighted like your house number, doorways, driveway, and even along your front walkway to maximize curb appeal. Whether you have a smaller front porch or an expansive area that offers a lot of space, updating these details can boost the beauty of your home. Don’t feel like you have to stop at just your door and its surroundings, you should also consider your front walkway, house numbers, and mailbox to complete the front makeover.
Ageing windows can make your home look a lot older and outdated than it actually is. Repair or replace broken windows to instantly refresh your home’s exterior. Watch for other signs of decay that can make your home look dingy. Whether this is the window frames or glass itself that needs attention, adding new windows has a huge impact on your home’s appearance. If this is not the area you want to focus your time and money, even just replacing a few strategic or key front windows can add interest to your curb appeal without replacing every single window. New windows are also a functional update for your home that can help you save on energy bills. Older windows are prone to letting air get through and into your home which creates cold spots around your windows and means your heating-and-cooling system has to work harder to keep these areas warm. Not only will replacing these windows have a drastic impact on your curb appeal, but it will also increase your home’s interior comfort level and lower energy bills. Check out our blog to learn more about what energy-efficient upgrades you can make during your home renovations.
Sometimes the structure or bones of your house are in good shape, they just need a bit of a facelift. If the paint on your home is peeling or outdated, the rest of your home’s curb appeal will suffer. A new coat of paint is a simple way to freshen up the exterior of your home and gives you the chance to play around with new colours. Brick or stone features are great touches that instantly boost your home’s curb appeal and can be freshened up with paint. However, if your home incorporates these features, make sure you have any repair work done to damaged brick or loose mortar. If the history of your brick is not a selling point for your home, then you can play with paint or whitewashing for a quick makeover.
Siding is also a great option for freshening up your home as, not only does it have energy efficiency benefits, but it also comes in a variety of colours and styles to meet your visual taste. We recommend upgrading to a newer style or colour to clean and brighten your exteriors as it allows you to lean into current colour trends and show off your own personality. At CHART, we’ve learned that while some clients prefer classic colours and finishes, others may prefer to combine multiple finishes and bolder colours. Our team has worked with a variety of clients and a variety of visual tastes. Give us a call at (519) 576-0937 to discuss how we can help make your vision into a workable plan.
Trust CHART to Boost Your Curb Appeal
To increase your home's curbside appeal, trust Canadian Home and Renovation Team. We provide quality materials and quality craftsmanship in our exterior finishes which will withstand the unpredictable Canadian weather in Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo. We know that exterior finishing work can be disruptive and costly, which is why our Project Managers will oversee every aspect of the project to ensure work is completed within budget and on time. Contact us to learn more about our process and how to get your project started!