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Home Improvement: Remodeling The Exterior Of The Home

When a homeowner decides to remodel the exterior of their home, they can add significant value to the worth of the house. However, there are specific home improvement projects that can add significantly more value than others. This might include enhancing the landscaping, changing the siding, or adding a new roof.

It is best to walk the exterior of the home with the perspective of being an individual that does not live there. Looking at the house with the point of view of a stranger will provide a more objective approach to which types of changes should be made to the exterior of the home. Detail exactly what parts of the house should be remodeled to add greater curb appeal.

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Once the list is complete, consider every factor including how much it will cost to design a plan, obtain the subcontractors, and proceed forward with the project. You might not be able to proceed forward with the project if financing needs to be obtained, or it may be a project small enough that does not require a loan.

Changing the Color

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Selecting a different color scheme might be the easiest way to transform the exterior of the house. Check the entire neighborhood, and select colors that best blend in with the overall theme of all the other houses on the block. This does not mean the color selected will necessarily minimize the impact. Any type of complementary colors can add an instant dramatic effect. Even a more mundane light neutral color can be accented with bright or both colors to add the right type of complement to the other.

Roofing the House

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Maybe the only thing that needs to be done to the exterior of the home is to have it re-roofed. This can be done by professionals, within just a few days. The homeowner has the ability to change the overall impact of the exterior of the home by selecting different roofing materials. If the house currently has a shingle roof, consider a metal roof, or architectural tile. Before heavier roofing material (such as concrete tile) can be installed on an existing home, the roof system needs to be evaluated to ensure it can handle the load.

Decorative Touches

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Adding shutters or window trims might make a dramatic positive impact on the aesthetic quality of the exterior of the home. Painting the porch or deck might be all that is required to add a decorative style to the front of the house. Removing a clutter of landscaping, shrubs and bushes might quickly transform the exterior of the home and require nothing more than sweat equity to produce a higher value to the house.

There are many ways to remodel the exterior of the home. The available home improvement projects range between an easy do-it-yourself job and one that requires the skills of a general contractor or subcontractor.

However the homeowner chooses to transform the exterior of their home, it should always be done with the idea of enhancing the neighborhood while increasing value to the property.

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