Summertime is here, and with it comes the prime-time for prospective buyers and renters to enter the market in search of their next home. If you are someone who has been wanting to sell/rent out their home, now is a key time to make a major financial move, and capitalize as much as possible on your asset. Therefore, it helps to take certain steps to maximize your home’s value, inside and out. Here are a couple of things you can do for your exterior to help increase the desirability of your home.
Repaint/Replace Your Facade
Your facade is the face of your home and is the first thing many prospective buyers and renters notice when they first come to take a look. Therefore, it’s vital that it appears to be in peak condition. The easiest and most affordable way to achieve that is with a new coat of paint. This helps fix any fading on the siding, as well as cover up any small scratches, dents, and even cracks. It can also double as a way to take a closer look at your siding, and make sure that there aren’t any obvious or growing problems that could come up during an inspection. Better yet, it is smarter to have an inspection booked by you, to avoid any nasty surprises that can dent your property value.
However, this can only go so far when it comes to masking any imperfections in your siding. If your siding is in dire condition, then it may be worth it to invest in replacing it entirely. Fortunately, siding replacements tend to help increase the value of your home, particularly if you use James Hardie roofing & siding. In fact, James Hardie has the highest ROI out of any home improvement project, as rated by Remodeler Magazine. Our certified contractors can quickly install siding onto your home, ensuring that it gets done on time and under budget. Contact us to learn more about our siding installation services.
Have Your Roof Inspected
As eye-catching as your facade may be, any serious buyer is bound to have questions when it comes to the state of your roof. Renters won’t ignore it either, as they will want to know how well insulated the building is, particularly if heating is not included in their rent. Therefore, it is best to conduct an inspection on your roof to know what you are dealing with. ICS’s reliable contractors will spot the smallest indicators of a problem and can figure out what needs to be done. Smaller problems here and there may not need any repairs, as they are a small enough cost to not be a serious consideration for a homeowner. However, serious issues like leaks and worn-out roof shingles will require a replacement, otherwise your home’s value will take a big hit when discovered.
For many, summertime is everyone’s favorite time of the year. The weather is warm and the sun is shining, meaning you can go out and fully enjoy the outdoors. With all that on your mind, preparing your home to perform well in the hot summer heat is likely the last thing on your mind. This is something you should reconsider, as most homes in Massachusetts are built to handle the mostly cold climate throughout the year, but may not be as resilient against warmer, more humid seasons. Therefore to avoid putting a dampener on your summer fun, here are 5 things you should do now to prep your home for summer.
Check Your Air Conditioner
Everyone knows that a colder, air-conditioned home is an essential refuge away from the hot summer heat. That being said, your air-conditioner can malfunction after spending the past several months being out of commission. Avoid this by replacing your air filter and cleaning the area around the air conditioning unit and vents. Try running your air conditioner to see if it is cooling your home effectively. If it isn’t working efficiently, you may need to call in an HVAC professional to check for leaks and defects in your A/C unit.
Shield Yourself from Moisture Damage
Humidity damage becomes more of an issue during the summertime, and this means cracking down on the state of your exterior even more than usual. Start by inspecting your siding for warping, cracks, or rot. A lot of the time these are more subtle than you think, however, so it’s best to call in a contractor to inspect it. You will want to do the same with your roof. Both your siding and roof shingles can be subject to condensation building up underneath as a result of the extra moisture in the air, and can sow the seeds for potential damages in the future.
Bug Proof Your Home
One thing nobody likes about summer are all the bugs that come out to play, and your home is no exception to this either. Beyond the internal damage that can be caused by certain types of bugs to exposed wood and material, a lot of insects find safety in the enclosed controlled environment of your home and will crawl through any nooks or cracks that may be in there. Make sure to hire a skilled exterior contractor to inspect your home, or at least check your windows or doors for cracks and gaps that can be taken care of with a little caulking.
Dust Your Ceiling Fans
If your home has a ceiling fan, chances are that it hasn’t gotten a lot of use, and has accrued a lot of dust. To prevent that layer of dust from spreading throughout the room the moment you turn it on, take the time to dust and clean them. One trick to prevent all the dust from falling down is to use an old pillowcase to clean it, allowing you to collect the dust inside the case.
Have a Storm Emergency Kit Handy
While summer weather is known for being nice and amicable, it can also get nasty pretty fast. Avoid this by preparing an emergency kit in advance, complete with any essentials you might need in the case of a powerful storm or power outage. These include a strong flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, bottled water, canned food and a can opener, duct tape, cellphone chargers, and a radio. While the chances of an actual disaster are unlikely, it always pays to have a contingency in place for when anything does happen.
These are a few of the things you can use to ensure yourself a fun and enjoyable summer. While many are things you can do for yourself, anything regarding your home’s exterior is something that is usually best left to the professionals. At Innovative Contracting Services, we offer top-notch roofing and siding services to ensure that homeowners can protect their investment for the long term, as well as have full enjoyment of their home. We perform regular inspections on homes to ensure that they are in perfect condition, and if there are any problems with it, our contractors have the experience and skill to execute any repairs or replacements needed. Contact us at 781-393-4427, or fill out an online inquiry form. We’d love to work with you!