The fall season is a great time to make renovations to your home because you start having the Texas weather on your side. The Dallas summer heat has begun to wane, and who doesn’t enjoy being outside in cooler weather.
The exterior of your house is the best place to start revamping your home for the new season. Whether you are planning to sell, or just want to refresh your home before the holiday season, the outside is the first thing you, potential buyers, and visitors see when they drive up. Give your house a fresh new face with these 6 easy upgrades.
1. Declutter Your Yard
This no-cost DIY upgrade is the first place to begin before undertaking other home renovations or remodeling projects. Curb appeal isn’t just about impressing your neighbors. It’s also about creating a serene, welcoming environment to come home to every day.
Starting with a clean slate will help you clearly see your home’s condition without all the distractions.
Begin by picking up kids’ toys, storing garden tools, and removing excessive lawn ornaments. Not only are they tripping hazards, but they can also make your home look unkempt and in disarray. Discard anything damaged or worn-looking. Think neat, clean and organized.
2. Upgrade Your Windows
Dirty, dingy windows can make your whole house look sad and tired. Get rid of the grime and give them some sparkle and shine. A bucket of vinegar and water, a dash of soap, a big sponge, a little elbow grease, and a drying cloth or squeegee will go a long way to improving your view. It’s budget-friendly, too.
Once your windows are squeaky clean, you can add window boxes planted with lush foliage or bright blooms, install removable window grids, or hang exterior shutters in a bold, statement-making color.
If your home’s windows are old and drafty, an upgrade will save you on heating costs and be a great selling point in the future, with a nearly 70% return on your investment. You can even bring in more light and brighten up your home by converting two standard windows into a full-length sliding glass door or a set of elegant French doors.
Whether your windows need a quick clean, a simple upgrade, or a total makeover, taking the time to take care of your windows is a great way to update the look of your home.
3. Put On a Fresh Coat of Paint
Fall is a great time to tackle outdoor painting projects. A fresh gleaming coat of paint will make your home look almost new again.
If a full exterior makeover isn’t in your budget, even painting the trim, fascia, and door can enhance your home’s look
Brush or power wash away any cobwebs and dirt and debris first. Then sand any flaking or peeling areas, and replace any damaged wood, before painting. Choose a cool, dry day with low humidity for best results.
4. Install New Garage Doors
Switching out your old garage doors for new ones will immediately improve the look and function of your home. With today’s wide range of designs and materials, there’s no shortage of options to upgrade your garage’s face in a way that complements your home’s architectural style. You can choose a neutral tone, a rich wood look, or introduce a pop of color for a cheery contrast.
Additional details like unique hardware, potted plants, sconces or overhead lighting, and decorative stonework will give your garage a welcoming new look. And, if you are planning on selling, this fairly inexpensive exterior remodel is a good investment as it will give you a high rate of return come sale time.
If you want to take your garage renovations a bit further, you can remodel the interior of your garage, too!
5. Refresh Your Deck or Patio
If you don’t keep an eye on your patio or deck, weather can sneak up and wreak havoc on wood decks, and weeds can invade your patio. But with the help of a power washer, a pair of gloves, and a cool, sunny afternoon, you can add new life to your old deck or patio.
Don’t have a deck or patio? Well, get ready for peaceful evenings and fun gatherings by having a deck or patio built! They’re not only great for summer but they’re great for all seasons whether you’re entertaining guests or just want a relaxing evening outside.
This is another good investment when it comes to resale, but after you have your new deck or patio built, you just might not want to move! Both add value to your home and give you more outdoor space to sit and enjoy gatherings with your family and friends. You can even add features like a stone fire pit, fountain, or outdoor kitchen, to really enhance your outdoor living space.
6. Upgrade Your Home’s Facade With New Siding
Siding has come a long way since the days of the old aluminum planks. Today’s options include vinyl, wood, aluminum, steel, fiber cement, brick, and manufactured stone veneer, some in a multitude of colors. All can all improve the look of your home.
Fall is a great time to have your home resided due to the milder weather. And, you’ll get a great return on your investment if you decide to sell.
Considering More In-depth Renovations?
If you don’t feel confident in taking on some of the more in-depth renovations or remodeling projects yourself, it’s best to hire a licensed contractor or professional handyman to make sure the job gets done right. Your home is your biggest investment and we take pride in making it more liveable and stylish so you can get the most enjoyment out of your living space.
Dallas homeowners know they can count on the residential remodeling experts at Brunson Construction. With more than 50 years of experience under its belt and a commitment to excellence, Brunson Construction has earned a reputation as one of the best contractors in the Dallas – Fort Worth area.
Contact us today to get your free quote on any home renovation or remodeling project, no matter how big or small!