Spring is a season burgeoning with new life. Why not celebrate by giving your own home a spring-time makeover? We’ve assembled a list of suggested exterior remodels for the Dallas, TX, area below. The beauty of these outdoor remodels is that you can do as much or as little as your budget and time allow while having the confidence that every small improvement makes a significant difference in your overall curb appeal.
Replace Your Front Door
Your front door is like the face of your home—it’s the first thing guests and passersby see. Because of this, it’s important to introduce a door that reflects the interior style of your home and makes a statement. Repainting or replacing your door can work wonders in giving your home new life.
Build a Front Porch or Replace its Railing, Columns, and Steps
To highlight your front door further, consider visually ushering guests toward it by building a front porch or freshening your existing porch’s columns, railings, and flooring, whether wood, carpet, or tile.
Replace and Match Small Finishes
Another small change that can make a world of difference is replacing and coordinating small finishes like your front door lockset, your address numbers, your mailbox, and the lighting fixtures on your front porch and garage and along your walkway. Tying together your finishes lends your exterior a highly polished and cohesive attraction.
A slightly more significant monetary investment that will markedly boost your home’s curb appeal is replacing its siding with new wood and/or stone veneer. According to the 2018 Cost vs. Value report for Dallas, TX, you can purchase new siding for an average of $14,019 and manufactured stone veneer for an average of $7,845.
Repaint Your Exterior
If you don’t currently have the financial capital to completely replace your siding, consider repainting your home’s exterior. Few alterations are as cost-effective andvisually powerful as painting, which instantly gives your home a fresh and clean new look.
Cost vs. Value estimates that the average cost for vinyl window replacements in Dallas is $15,698, while wood windows cost $18,863. (Note that these replacements, in addition to adding to your home’s aesthetic value, can also save you money on heating and cooling costs.)
Replace the Roof
Roofing replacements typically cost $21,078 and add both visual and practical appeal to your home. Check with your insurance company to see if you can claim any discounts on your own roofing replacement.
(The figures cited here are according to the Remodeling 2018 and Cost vs. Value Report [www.costvsvalue.com] for the Dallas, TX, area. [© 2018 Hanley Wood Media Inc. Complete data from the Remodeling 2018 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.])
Replace Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters and downspouts may be home features you don’t notice until they’re improved, but similarly to trim work, they can decoratively add to your home’s overall curb appeal.
Seal Cracks in Your Driveway
Sealing cracks in your driveway or repaving it entirely is another way to show that your home is well-cared for and maintained.
Add Window Boxes, Shutters, and Accent Trim
Like tastefully-selected wardrobe accessories, window boxes, shutters, and accent trim give your house a small but dynamite boost in charm that’s reminiscent of an English country cottage. Collectively, all these small improvements will make you feel like you’re living in a new home.