Remodeling: Boost That Exterior Look

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements, Repair your home's value
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As spring rolls around, it’s natural to focus on exterior home improvement projects. Could this be the year for the new front porch or sidewalk?

Remodeling for Curb Appeal

Curb appeal can have a dramatic effect on your home value, whether you are selling or trying to boost your investment. Front porches in particular provide a great new gateway into your home. They can be costly, however, so also consider smaller porch repair projects if your home improvement budget is small, says Doityourself.com

Here are some great home improvement projects that are relatively inexpensive and designed to return lots of value.

Light the Way With Remodeling

If you’ve ever walked up to a dark house, you know how uninviting that is. Take a step back and picture your front walkway and door with a new lighting package. The options are almost endless, as this Kichler site shows.

The key is to add enough visual weight to balance the size of your house. Try one on each side of the front door, plus a canned light over the stoop. Add in landscaping lightings and the whole picture comes together.

Doorway Remodeling

Tired of your boring front door? There’s a whole world out there if you look, ranging from wooden Arts and Crafts inspired doors with six panels to mahogany stained doors with wrought iron accents. Look to the style of your house–Old World versus contemporary versus traditional Colonial. Here’s a great link from the Masonite door company.

Walkway Remodeling to Boost Home Value

A new sidewalk is another welcoming addition because it covers a lot of ground (no pun intended!) and can add interesting texture to your yard. A brick, stamped concrete, or flagstone walkway leading to the front door is an affordable remodeling project that should add to your home value.

Now if only spring arrives soon!

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