Another beautiful summer is here, bringing many opportunities to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh Minnesota air. Crossing exterior home improvement projects off your to-do list will only make that time outside sweeter! While making exterior updates to your home may not be the most exciting home remodeling project, it has many benefits. In addition to improving curb appeal, exterior upgrades can add value to your home and ensure it remains protected from the elements. Scroll below to learn more about these value-boosting outdoor projects!
Upgrade Windows & Doors
The front door and windows set the tone for your home’s overall condition and security. Attractive, high-quality doors and windows are a great way to make an excellent first impression. Replacing windows and doors also increases the value of your home significantly. Data shows that many homeowners see an average ROI of about 67.5% for new windows and 63.8% for a new front door. When it comes to windows, some states and utility companies offer rebates or tax credits for those that upgrade to energy-efficient options.
Invest in a Roof Replacement
Your roof is one of the most essential parts of your home, protecting it from heavy rain, snow, wind, and other elements. If the roof is in rough shape, it leaves your home susceptible to water intrusion, foundation damage, pest infestation, and more. A new roof prevents costly damage, enhances curb appeal, and can even help improve your home’s energy efficiency!
Install New Gutters
Gutters work in tandem with the roof to protect your home from water damage. Cracks, holes, clogs, and sagging prevent gutters from adequately diverting water away from the home. Pooling water and excessive runoff caused by inefficient gutters leave your roof, siding, foundation, and landscaping vulnerable to damage. The solution? Replacing broken or damaged gutters with a new system. Bonus points if you install gutters guards, which prevent clogs and reduce maintenance by keeping debris like twigs, leaves, and pine needles out of your gutters.
If you want to make a dramatic change to the appearance and value of your home, updating your siding is the way to do it. There are plenty of siding options to choose from, making it easy to find the right material for your home and budget. Vinyl, cement board, and manufactured stone veneer offer the best value with an ROI anywhere from 66.3% to 91.4%.
Add a Deck or Patio
Love spending time outdoors or hosting summer BBQs? Increase your outdoor living and entertainment space with a new deck or patio! Both offer an excellent spot for grilling, gathering, and relaxing. For an even bigger splash, consider adding an outdoor kitchen complete with an inset grill, drawers, ice chest, and countertop to a new or existing patio.