Step outside and take a look at the exterior of your home. Take notes on what you see that may need attention. Updating and maintaining the exterior of your home on an annual basis can help preserve the life of every aspect of your exterior. Keeping up with its condition will also add to your curb appeal and home value. You can make updates on any budget. If you have a low budget, anything you do will help, from keeping the lawn weed-free to keeping the windows clean. If you have a modest budget, choose the most important updates that you need and get them done this year. If you have a large or an endless budget, go for it. An endless budget allows you to update and improve it all at once to maximize the beauty and value of your home.
Roof and Gutters
It is very important to protect the crown jewel of your home: the roof. There are many different types of roofs. According to an article on forbes.com, How Long Does a Roof Last? slate or clay tile roofs can last up to 50 years or more. Asphalt or architectural shingle roofs will last between 15 to 30 years, depending on their quality. If you notice missing tiles or shingles, have your roof inspected by a professional roofing company. The same is true for shingles or tiles that are broken or very worn. Depending on your budget, it may be time to either make repairs to your roof or replace it altogether. Have your gutters inspected annually to be sure they are not clogged and are doing their job properly.
Siding, Soffits and Fascia
When you look at your siding, check for missing or broken pieces, mold or mildew. A good cleaning is inexpensive and may make a world of difference. If you have missing or broken pieces of vinyl or aluminum siding, you may be able to match the color with new, replacement pieces. This will of course be much less costly than replacing all of the siding. If you have wood siding, such as cedar siding, you should freshly stain in every 3-7 years. An article from homesteady.com, How Often to Restain the Cedar Siding on a House gives you advice on what signs to look for to know when it's time to restain. If your soffits and fascia are not maintenance-free, they may need attention as well.
Look at your windows to see if they have moisture inside or in between the panes. Inspect the wood or vinyl frames as well. If you have wood windows, the wood will rot and leak over time. If there is moisture in between the panes of your windows, you may be able to simply have the glass replaced. If the entire window is old, rotted and leaking, it is time to replace the entire window.
Front Door and Garage Door
You would be surprised what a fresh coat of paint can do for your front door and garage door. The same is true for shutters. If they are wood and are rotting, it's time for repair or replacement.
An asphalt driveway needs to be resealed every year or two. If your driveway is crumbling and has excessive cracks, it may be beyond repair and time for a replacement. A concrete driveway will last longer. A nice power washing will make your concrete driveway look clean and newer.
Walkways, Porch, Patio and Deck
If your walkways, porch and patio are concrete, some cracks are normal. A good power washing will keep them looking aesthetically pleasing. If they are brick, you may need to have some routine maintenance and sealing performed. A wood deck needs to be cleaned and stained every few years. A composite deck will need less maintenance.
Updating the exterior features of your home has its advantages and can help to increase your home value. Simple maintenance and updates will help save you from larger, more costly repairs later on. An updated exterior protects the entire interior of your home and your belongings.