• Tatiana Galeas

Exterior Renovations adds VALUE

“You can only have one first impression,” says Kris, partner at Karma's. Your exterior facade is as equally important as your Interior. Most home owners tend to over look exterior renovations as they spent most of their time inside. But on the contrast, renovation your exterior space can add value to your home.


Believe it or not, a front door says a lot about you and your home. It’s the first thing a buyer walks through. Repaint or replace; their first impression rests on it. A high-quality front door can be a huge asset for your home’s value and how secure your home feels. According to House Logic, a standard 20-gauge steel door investment can more than pay for itself with the amount of value it adds. A top-notch front door replacement can bring you a return of around 102 percent, which makes it a great bang for your buck.

Having a high-quality fence can change the look and security of your property. Depending on where you live, fences are on average 4 to 9 feet high, and made of quality materials such as wood or stone. While a chain-link fence is an option and may be secure, it won’t look good or provide the privacy that a wood fence or stone wall will. The average cost of a wood fence can expect to get 100 percent back in updated home value.

A pergola is a simple structure that can transform your backyard and turn it into an outdoor living space that you love. They provide interesting shade and a place to hang plants and bird feeders. Especially Hummingbird feeders. To some people, pergolas may look like uncomplicated structures as they are typically built with roof beams and vertical beams without a solid roof or walls. But they come with benefits and can help change the entire look of your outdoor space. Plus everyone loves sitting under them. They’re cool and add a strong element of class to your outdoor living space and the shadows they cast on the floor below are interesting and cooling.

Exterior lighting is one of the first things you notice when you walk or drive by someones home at night. To get good at exterior lighting it takes time and some experimentation. Too bright and it’s a little obnoxious. Too few and it’s hardly worth the effort. One of Karma favorite lighting styles for the exterior of your home is uplighting trees. This gives you a beautiful and haunting look of moving art when the wind is blowing and even a different softer look in a gentle breeze. Uplighting creates a silhouette effect. When up lighting is mixed with down lighting along a path or stone walk it makes you feel that you want to spend more time outside your home than inside. Depending on your style of home you can even uplight a privacy fence or a stone or brick wall and even highlight art objects that are affixed to them like antique wagon wheels or pitchforks. Some of my favorite lighting is pond lighting. I love water features as they give you sound and fire places as they give you a beautiful visual. Lighting a pond with underwater lights is amazing and inexpensive.

Probably the most common siding of all residential choices is horizontal lap siding. This siding can be made from wood, vinyl or fiber cement and can be finished in an unlimited range of colors. Most people choose vinyl as it lasts a very long time and is durable in all kinds of climates. Aluminum was used years ago but it has since disappeared from common use. This siding choice is a natural fit for a colonial, ranch or traditional-style homes as it works well with simple, boxy forms and symmetrical compositions. Horizontal lap siding is pleasing to the eye and visually a great choice for just about any home project. Board and Batten siding brings an old-world style to a modern day home. Available in wood and fiber cement, board and batten siding can be much like horizontal lap siding and a good choice for traditionally designed homes. Unlike the horizontal lines of lap siding, board and batten provides a visual emphasis on the vertical, creating taller-appearing houses. Board and batten have come to be evocative of those rural structures such as farms. But it’s no longer the least expensive option, costing about the same as lap siding in either wood or fiber cement. With board and batting you can also mix this look with wood lapsing for a fantastic look. Karma recommends to have a continuous waterproof membrane behind it. Otherwise water that gets behind the siding will damage the interior of your home.

A little lawn care can go a long way. Six applications of fertilizer and weed control. Willing to spend a bit more? A stone walkway lined with greenery maintains a well-kept lawn is usually smart. Elaborate designs, paver stones, or fountains also add values.

Millions of Americans have smartphones, so adding wireless automation/connection to your home could be the one feature that sways a buyer. Auston O'Neill from spextronic says: “Most smart locks are available for under $250. For such a small purchase cost, home owners can expect a full return on their investment when they sell their home, and may even see an opportunity to present their property as a ‘smart home’, which is a hot market term right now.”

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