The holiday season and the ritual of list-making are two things that go hand in hand every year. Gift lists, grocery lists, and guest lists help make life easier during this very busy time. But a list that can make life easier for years to come is the one you make after considering what could transform your home’s curb appeal.

We know you are proud of your home and want to keep it looking its best. But you’re really busy, and we bet you would probably appreciate some help. You may not have even realized that your home’s exterior needs a facelift, but do you know who notices? Those holiday guests as they arrive and wait outside your front door.

Front porch at night

Photo courtesy Kichler Lighting

Is Your Home Showing Its Age?

While you were busy with family activities and work, your home’s exterior may have simply worn out. Just as there comes a time when a leaking roof needs to be replaced, older exterior fixtures and finishes need to be updated.

You may not have noticed light fixtures that are tarnished, a front door that has faded, siding that is stained, and windows that no longer keep out the elements efficiently.

before and after exterior remodeling

Exterior remodeling by Merrill Contracting

Some updates now will make a big difference not only in how your home looks, but also in your energy costs and how much time, money and effort it takes to maintain its curb appeal.

Windows and Doors

Front doors for curb appeal

Photo courtesy Pella Windows and Doors

To increase curb appeal instantly, replace your front door. Replace old windows and patio doors with the latest energy-saving products that look better, fit better and are better insulated. High-performance windows provide warmer interior surfaces during the winter and cooler interior surfaces during the summer, so your home always feels just right.

Exterior Surfaces

Before you start looking at the details, look at the large surfaces on the exterior of your home. Painting may freshen everything up, but if you’re looking for a solution that will reduce the time and expense of periodic maintenance, consider replacing wood with rot-proof engineered materials such as fiber-cement siding. You can also add extra insulation to your home, which can lower your heating and cooling costs.

Exterior Illumination

Home exterior at night

Photo courtesy Kichler Lighting

Other than decorating during the winter holidays, outdoor lighting is seldom thought about. Well-placed light fixtures are a matter of safety and security, keeping visitors from tripping on your front steps and preventing intruders from approaching unnoticed. Improved lighting also adds a welcoming warmth to your home and can increase its perceived value by as much as 20%, according to a study by the National Association of Realtors.

Make a List. We’ll Check it Twice!

With an exterior update, we can improve the curb appeal and energy efficiency of your home at the same time. We can replace worn-out elements with the latest materials and finishes and add the functionality of low-maintenance products. If you want to stay in your home long-term and would like to fall in love with it again, just give us a call!