It’s time to prepare your home for cold weather. Following these home improvement steps will help make your home cozier and more affordable when the temperatures drop.
As the area’s most trusted source of quality home improvement products, we make it a point to use only the best on the market. That’s why when it comes to siding, we proudly install CertainTeed vinyl siding. It’s our go-to option for guaranteed customer satisfaction. We trust it in our business and so should you. [Read more…]
Now that Memorial Day is past, we’re officially in summer mode. It’s time to pull out the grill and start planning the BBQs and pool parties! In between all the summer fun, take some time to care for your home to ensure bigger problems don’t pop up down the road. By making home maintenance a priority this summer, you can enjoy more family fun without worrying about home emergencies getting in the way.
Here are 5 home maintenance items to check off this summer:
Inspect your home’s exterior
Power washing the siding or brick will improve your home’s facade and get rid of dirt, dust, and tree sap that has accumulated during the last months. Look for loose or rotted siding that could indicate larger problems.
Wash your windows on both sides
Cleaning the inside and outside of your windows will instantly make your home feel brighter and cleaner. Plus, it’s a great way to improve the view this summer!
Keep the dirt outside
Stop trekking summer’s mud and muck through your home by placing a coarse mat outside and a softer one inside. This will collect most of the dirt before it’s tracked through your home.
Inspect your dryer vent and exhaust duct
These little guys can be easily forgotten, but clogged vents can cause a house fire when they’re not maintained. Take some time to thoroughly clean both of them this season.
Repaint exterior where needed
Chipped, cracked, or faded paint can drag down the curb appeal of your home. A touch up of fresh paint will go a long way to improving the look of your home, as well as protect it from the elements.
Exterior Source is an award-winning home improvement company that has served more than 27,000 homeowners since 1993. Homeowners choose to work with us because of our exceptional products, quality craftsmanship, and great customer service. Today, we will discuss the many benefits of our vinyl siding and explain what makes it an ideal exterior material:
The exterior of your home is arguably just as important as the interior. It sets the first impression of your home since it is the first thing friends, neighbors, and guests see. It’s also one of the leading contributors to curb appeal when it comes to the value of your home.
There are many ways that you can transform your home’s exterior, but the good news is that remodeling doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive. A few minor improvements like the ones we’ve listed below can go a long ways towards the value, look, and appeal of your home.
1. New siding is one of the best ways to improve home value.
The National Association of Realtor’s website, Houselogic, reported that the best choices for improving home value are through exterior projects, like siding replacement. As the outer shell of your home, siding not only adds to your property’s curb appeal but it also helps to improve energy costs.
2. LeafGuard gutters remove the headaches of maintenance.
Cleaning gutters twice a year is assumed to be one of the unavoidable chores of homeownership. Thanks to LeafGuard, you’ll never have to clean gutters again! Their one-piece gutter solution offers the best rain protection system around, keeping your home’s foundation and exterior safe from water damage. They also incorporate a seamless design that will boost curb appeal for your home, allowing you to enjoy both improved aesthetics and function for your property.
3. Replacement roofing is appealing to buyers.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, a replacement roof will up your home’s curb appeal factor tremendously and make it much more appealing to potential buyers. Is your roof missing shingles, streaked with stains, or leaking? Replacement roofing not only protects your home, but can also improve the aesthetic appeal.
4. Replacement windows improve energy efficiency of your home.
New windows may not be on the top of your home improvement list, but they are one of the single most important factors when it comes to making your home more energy efficient. On top of that, they can yield up to a 73% return on investment if you ever choose to sell your home!
5. A new front door instantly transforms the look of your home.
A replacement door is one of the quickest, easiest ways to give your home’s exterior a major boost. They offer timeless style and incredible energy savings to improve the function and look of your home.
While summer, fall, and spring months are often thought of as the peak months for home improvement projects, there are some advantages to saving these projects for the winter months. In Virginia, and most other southern states, there are often plenty of good weather days during the winter months to update siding, replace roofing and windows, install new gutters and finish multiple other exterior projects. Consider some of these advantages to starting projects during the winter:
Contractors are not as busy. Spring is traditionally the time of the year when builders are the busiest. Most homeowners are coming out of winter hibernation, have money to spend, and are looking for something new. Prices go up and schedules get booked quickly. The winter months, however, are a much more flexible time for home contractors since they aren’t swamped with multiple projects at the same time. Contractors may be able to get to your project sooner and finish it quicker than they would during peak months.
Materials are often less expensive. The same way that Halloween candy is cheaper on November 1st, materials are often less expensive during the non-peak building months. Because the cost of materials often influences a contractor’s price, you are more likely to get a better deal during the winter months.
You’ll get a jump start on your project. It’s never too early to start planning and, luckily, planning isn’t weather-dependent. It’s true that the best projects are often solidified before the work even begins, so the winter months are a great time to start researching, planning, and reaching out to contractors. Even if your home improvement project requires warmer weather, you will be more likely to get a jump start if you begin planning now while the weather is cooler and business is slow. Not waiting for good weather (aka when everyone else starts calling) has its advantages!
Call us today to get started on your home improvement project!
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