4 Thoughtful Ways To Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Spring has come early for us this year here in Minnesota. All the sunshine and warm temperatures are the ideal excuse to get outside and get busy on that list of housing projects. If one of your goals is to increase your home’s curb appeal with a few simple projects around the house, we’ve gathered some great ideas for you from the housing pros.


Give your front door a splash of color

The experts over at say that choosing a bright, bold color for your front door can really make your home feel extra cheery. They believe so strongly in this aspect of house design that they have a whole blog post dedicated to helping home owners know when and how to pick the right color for your front door.

Replace old, worn-down hardware

Can you clearly see your house numbers from the road? Is your mailbox standing up straight and tall? Is your house well lit at night? Better Homes and Gardens recommends that by investing a few dollars to make these outdoor elements of your home work together as a whole, it can help convey the aesthetic of your home.

Repair your roofing and gutters

Your roof is your first line of defense against water damage. Cracking and missing shingles make your home look extra distressed, plus they can be serious warning signs to home buyers for more serious (and expensive!) problems inside your home. HomeAdvisor suggests that if your gutters aren’t able to effectively move water away from your home’s foundation, it’s a good idea to have a professional roofing contractor swing by for a formal inspection of your roof.

Plant a few flowers out front

All the pros say planting some flowers in the front of your home is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Check with your local nursery to see what plants and flowers are native to your area. Choose to go with perennials so they keep coming up year after year, that will spare you the work of replanting every spring. Whether you decide on potted plants, hanging flowers, or shrubs to decorate your front path, your home has everything to gain.


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3 Tips For Getting Your Moneys Worth Out of Your New Roof

Make the most of your new roof

You just got your roof replaced. Now, depending on what roofing material you chose for your roof, a new roof should last your home 20+ years. Our local Minneapolis clients often ask us:

Are there ways we can help our roof reach it’s maximum lifespan?

We love hearing this question. We always tell folks the best, basic ways to care for their roof (read all about them here), but for you homeowners who are serious about getting your money's worth out of your new roof, here are our top three tips for making your investment in your roof last as long as possible.

1. Check your attic ventilation

Without proper attic ventilation, there's a pretty good chance your roof might start aging prematurely—no one wants that! During our usual hot and humid (and typically mosquito-infested) Minnesotan summers, the temperature in an attic with poor airflow can easily pass the 100-degree mark. Temperatures like this can be brutal for anyone to bear—the same goes for your shingles.

According to The Federal Housing Administration, they recommend a minimum of at least one square foot of attic ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space. For example, if your attic is around 600 square feet, you'll need about two square feet of ventilation.

2. Roofing insulation makes difference

When you think it's hot outside, chances are, the temperature your roof is experiencing is much hotter. When your roof sits cooking in the afternoon, summer sun, the roof transfers radiant heat to objects below, like your attic. Insulation in your roof will not only help keep your entire house cooler, it will also help keep the heat down on the roof, thereby helping the roofing material last longer.

3. Invite a roof professional over

When was the last time you had your roof professionally inspected? To help prolong the life of your roof, mark your calendar, and have your roof professionally inspected every couple of years. Many roofing experts suggestion every two to three years is optimal for maintenance care. When you have your roof inspected every couple of years, you'll have the opportunity to have small roof repairs done, like resealing weak spots or replacing damaged shingles.

Are you living in Minnetonka, Edina, Eden Prairie, St. Paul, or anywhere in between? Don't hesitate to give us a call at 952.935.0557.