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All Exteriors, LLC
Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
Serving Wisconsin and Minnesota
With spring finally upon us, many homeowners are looking forward to celebrating warmer weather with spring dinner parties, summer barbecues, and evenings spent relaxing in a backyard haven. Livable outdoor spaces are becoming increasingly trendier, making our yards an extension of the home rather than just a plot of land we have to mow once a week. If you would like to spend more quality time in your backyard, here are the best backyard improvements that add value to your homes.
Having an outdoor living space has become not just trendy, but a characteristic of all the best homes listed on the market today. These spaces can be as simple as an open patio, or as elaborate as an outdoor area that’s practically an extension of the house, with a roof, columns, and a fireplace. Outdoor living spaces should be tastefully decorated and offer a space that’s as comfortable and inviting as if they really were part of the house. A patio company such as All Exteriors can discuss your ideas and help you come up with something you’ll love.
Just as outdoor living spaces are trending, so are outdoor kitchens. These spaces go beyond a simple barbecue grill and offer prep space, an oven and grill, and even refrigerators and wine coolers. The idea is to have everything you need for entertaining right there at your fingertips. A contractor or home renovations company can talk to you about your options and help you decide how elaborate of an outdoor kitchen you want.
No matter what the current trends are, updating your landscaping is one of the top tips for boosting your home’s value. Even more importantly, it adds beauty and makes you happy to look at and spend time in. Unless gardening is your hobby, opt for low-maintenance hedges, perennials, and trees, and cut back on grass for the amount of maintenance and water it requires to continue looking nice.
Your backyard haven isn’t going to feel as much like a sanctuary if you feel you’re on display. Landscaping can create a feeling of seclusion, but the best way to ensure your privacy is to call a fencing company such as All Exteriors about having a privacy fence installed. Attractive, high-quality fencing will also increase curb appeal and add value to your home.
With warmer weather just around the corner, now is the time to start thinking about backyard improvement ideas and tips for adding value to your home. In just a couple of short months, you’ll be wanting to use that space to relax or entertain, so contact All Exteriors today and start turning your plans into action!
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New Richmond home values are on the rise! According to Zillow, New Richmond home values have increased 6.5 percent over the past year, and are expected to rise more than 3 percent in 2018. Want to increase your home’s value? Whether you’re getting ready to put it on the market or just want your home looking its best, there are some things you can do to add curb appeal. Here are seven ways to boost your home’s curb appeal in New Richmond, ranging from quick and easy fixes to more involved, longer lasting repairs.
Spring is a perfect time to clean up the exterior of your home, and the fastest way to do so is by taking a pressure washer to your deck, siding, windows, and eaves.
One of the easiest curb appeal landscaping ideas is to add colorful flower pots and window boxes to your existing landscaping. This approach allows you to add splashes of color without having to spend a lot of time or effort.
Strategically placed lights will give your landscaping a more professional, put-together look. Solar lighting is the most popular choice because it’s relatively inexpensive and easy to install, with no wiring needed.
If you’re looking for tips for boosting your home’s curb appeal but don’t have a lot of money to sink into it, this is an excellent upgrade. Painting the front door and the trim won’t cost very much but will update your home’s look with a bold new color statement.
Houses often have outdated exterior lighting that doesn’t do a good job of showcasing the front of your home. Modern lighting gives you a lot to choose from, so you can complete your home’s new look with new lighting fixtures and a well-lit exterior.
If you want to do more than make your home look prettier, updating the siding is one of the tips for adding value to your home, as modern siding is often maintenance-free and offers better protection from the elements than traditional siding.
Homeowners are typically so focused on how everything looks at eye level, that they forget to look up. Your roof is more obvious than you realize and has a significant impact on curb appeal.
Are you ready to make your house live up to its full potential? Little touches can make a huge difference, but so can bigger remodeling projects such as replacing the roof, building a patio, or replacing old fencing. Contact All Exteriors today to find out how we can help increase your home’s curb appeal.
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The year 2017 was a rough year for the Upper Midwest, according to the NOAA annual weather report. With extreme weather and freezing temperatures in Wisconsin and Minnesota, you may be realizing it’s time to replace your home’s roof. Which is better, a metal roof or shingles? The answer may depend on your situation.
Asphalt shingles, laid in an overlapping pattern that encourages moisture to run off the roof without entering the home, are the most common option. However, these shingles aren’t always the best choice. Here are some shingle roof pros and cons.
Metal roofs used to be used primarily on rural buildings such as barns, but not any longer. Attractive metal shingles and metal roofs have become an option for both older homes and newer, custom homes. Here are some of the metal roof pros and cons.
Want help comparing metal roofing vs. shingles? Contact All Exteriors today, and we will help you decide which roofing option best suits your home! Whether you are in need of a new roof, a re-roof, or roofing repairs, we have the knowledge and the expertise to get the job done right the first time.
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If you’re thinking about buying a new house in Minnesota this year, now is a perfect time. The housing market, which was so hot last year that homes were selling almost immediately and often over asking price, has slowed a little. At the end of 2017, Zillow noted that 7.3 percent of Minnesota homes for sale were listed at reduced asking prices. Prices and inventory have both fallen since summer, too, giving buyers a little more power now than when the market was at its peak.
But no matter how good the market is, don’t be so delighted by the current prices that you forget the tips for buying a new home. Here are five things to look for in a new home in Minnesota, to make sure that you’re getting as good of a deal as you hope.
Some essential things to look for when buying a new home are signs that a seller has been putting off important maintenance of their home. Look for signs that minor maintenance has been left undone, and check behind pictures and furniture to make sure the seller isn’t hiding anything.
Small cracks in the foundation are okay, but gaping cracks might spell trouble. Other signs of problems include water damage in the basement, sticking windows and doors, and window and door frames that are no longer level or square.
Does the house smell earthy or musty when you walk in, or is there an overpowering fragrance that could be hiding something? Be sure to check floors, drywall, window frames, and other places for signs of water damage.
Make sure you or your inspector takes a look at the roof and siding to find out what kind of condition they’re in. Damaged roofing shingles and siding can be replaced, but you’ll want to make sure they haven’t been leaking for a while and causing damage that can’t easily be fixed.
Turn on the lights one by one, or turn on the appliances one by one, and make sure that adding more of a load to the system doesn’t cause the lights to dim. If they do, it may indicate that the wiring needs to be updated.
While it’s important to know what to look for when buying a new house, remember that no home is going to be perfect. Before you start your search decide how much work you’re willing to put into your new home. Repairs can always be done, but identifying potential problems will give you bargaining power. Once you’re ready to start remodeling, contact All Exteriors and we’ll replace your roof, siding, and help with any other repairs needed.
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The winter season may seem like the last time of year that you would want to work on your home, but there are several advantages to scheduling a home siding installation this time of year. Here are a few benefits of installing siding on your midwest home in the winter:
The first benefit of having your siding done in the winter is how much easier it is to schedule. Summer is a siding company’s busiest season, but since most people don’t schedule in the winter, you’ll have shorter waiting periods and your pick of dates. – No landscaping to work around. Another advantage to having your home siding replaced in the winter is that there isn’t any landscaping for the installers to work around. They won’t have to trim anything back, making their job faster and easier, and then you can enjoy your landscaping untouched when the warmer months roll around again.
If your siding has been in need of replacement for a while, you might have holes and crevices that have opened up in the siding or in the soffit and fascia, which small animals such as squirrels and mice have taken advantage of. Replacing the siding during the winter, while the animals aren’t about, will give you the opportunity to get rid of their nests without having to call in an exterminator.
New siding, when installed correctly, can help to insulate your home from extreme winter weather and prevent heat loss. The result is more economical heating of your home and an immediate reduction in your utility bill. You might experience a couple of cold days in the house while the work is done, but once it’s complete, you’ll get to enjoy the benefits right away.
Start the spring and summer out on the right foot by improving your home’s curb appeal now. Whether you install vinyl siding, EDCO Steel Siding, or LP Smartside Siding, the result is a much cleaner, more attractive look. Don’t forget to update your gutters while you’re at it! Doing this now is especially helpful if you’re planning on selling your home in the spring and want it looking its best.
Replacing your siding and gutters is advantageous no matter what time of year you do the work, but scheduling in the winter months gives you more flexibility and an immediate return that you won’t have if you wait until the weather warms up. Contact All Exteriors LLC today to schedule an installation of your new home siding, and cross that job off your to-do list sooner rather than later.
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Cleaning your gutters is always a messy, tedious job, but it’s downright unsafe when you can’t reach them easily. No one wants to have to tell the paramedics that they fell trying to clean their gutters! But like with everything, there’s a way to work smarter, not harder. Here are several tricks for how to clean gutters you can’t reach while keeping yourself safe.
Cleaning your gutters is a hassle, but a necessary one if you want them to function properly. If you’re tired of trying to figure out how to clean your gutters every year, or if you just don’t want to have to worry about them at all anymore, contact All Exteriors LLC and we’ll help you find a solution.
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