Rochester NY Home Inspector Says Maintenance Matters

Quality upgrades add value to a home. But it isn’t only big projects that make a difference. There are many small ways to improve your home’s exterior on any budget.

• If the exterior of your home is in need of painting, enhance the architecture of the home by using a different paint color from the home and trim. This will draw the eye to details like the windows, shutters or brackets.

• If your home is in need of a new front door, purchase a salvaged solid-wood door, which could cost you only half the price.

• Make sure your exterior is well-lit. Update light fixtures in poor condition.

• Porch planters or other decorative planters can add color and interest to your exterior.

• Tame overgrown brush and other plants that take away from your home’s presence.

• If you are considering repaving a walkway or other path, consider using salvaged bricks or other salvaged materials.

• If there are gaps under your porch or deck, fill the space with decorative lattice.

To find out more, visit This Old House.

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