6 Trends That Increase The Value of Your Home

Contributed by Susan Mackey

Let’s start with the good news: The real estate market in Connecticut is heating up. Home values bottomed out in 2012 and 2013, but they’ve been climbing since. If you’re looking to increase the value of your home, and if you make a few improvements, you’re more likely to see some return on the investment. Here are six trends that increase the value of your Connecticut home.

Shut the Front Door

Your front door is what makes the first impression on a potential buyer, whether they show up at an open house or they are just driving by. You likely still have the front door that was on the house when you moved in, so a new front door is a cost-efficient update that will increase the value. You can spend anywhere from $150 to thousands of dollars on a new door. Before you spend the cash, make sure the door complements the rest of the house and that it’s similar to doors on homes in your price range. You may also consider painting your existing door. If so, black is trending right now and can increase the price of your home by as much as $6,000.

 

Don’t Let Your Window Panes Hurt

Old, drafty windows will decrease your home’s value right away. To a buyer, all they see is work that needs to be done or high energy bills. Don’t give prospective buyers a good reason to lowball you. If your windows are original to the house, you should consider replacement windows. New windows — although they can get pricey — can match that new front door for a completely updated look.

The Envy of the Neighborhood

Even if you don’t win “Lawn of the Month” prizes, the time to keep your yard in tip-top shape is when your home is on the market. Take a hard look at your lawn. Is it brown? Untrimmed? Full of weeds? Or is the grass struggling to grow? Don’t put off hiring mowing, weeding and fertilizing. You can hire a professional, or pick up some weed and feed at a local gardening store. Make sure you prune the trees and shrubs. You won’t regret it at closing.

Light It Up

Combine wellness trends with home improvement trends and you’ve got circadian rhythm lighting. The idea is to limit the impact of artificial lighting on the people who live in the home. It combines warmer lights (no more ghastly white LED bulbs!) with home automation to more closely match the lighting found in nature. If that sounds like too much of a project, consider changing all your interior light bulbs to a warmer, natural light color. Brighter light makes people feel more positive, so improving the light inside your home can help leave buyers with a good impression.

Clean Up the Kitchen

Your bathrooms and your kitchen can make or break an offer on your home. You don’t have to go crazy updating your kitchen to bring in a sale. You can spend just a few hundred dollars repainting the walls to a more buyer-friendly color. Update the hardware on the kitchen cabinets to give the space an updated feel. Or you can spend thousands on quartz or marble countertops and new stainless steel appliances.

Smart Technology

Buyers want to see high tech upgrades, such as remote control thermostats and doorbell video cameras. You probably won’t get a big return on investment if you go overboard by installing an expensive audio-visual system for the house. But high tech upgrades that save money or time, or those that increase security, add interest to your home. A Ring or Nest doorbell camera costs just a few hundred dollars. A programmable thermostat you can control from your phone isn’t expensive either.

You don’t have to go overboard to increase your home’s value in the current upward trend in real estate in Connecticut. Bigger improvements are always a selling point, but they’re not always going to bring in bigger offers. Think about what would make you fall in love with a home, and what would make you increase your offer. Let common sense — and your bank account — be your guide.

Susan Mackey is an interior designer and home stager as well as a freelance writer who focuses on the latest home fashion trends. She loves taking older homes and turning them into the envy of the neighborhood.

6 Ways To Instantly Boost Curb Appeal

You get one chance to make a first impression. That’s especially true when people pull up to the front of your house. What does it say? Dated and dull? Or clean and eye-catching? If it’s the former, here are six ways to instantly boost your home’s curb appeal.

Number One

The first thing potential home buyers see is your house numbers. They’re looking for them to make sure they have the right address. Now is the time to make sure they’re easily seen from the street, and what condition they’re in. Putting up new numbers is an inexpensive way to boost your curb appeal. You could also hire someone to paint your house numbers on the curb in front of your home. It reinforces your address and is a small detail that helps add to the big picture. Check your NextDoor app or ask your realtor for professional curb painters.

A New Front Door

A new front door can not only attract potential buyers, but it could also increase your home’s value… and the offers you receive. That’s not the only door that will boost your curb appeal and your home’s value. A new garage door can spruce things up, and entice potential buyers inside.

Give Your Lawn a Boost

One of the fastest ways to raise your home’s curb appeal is to work with what you already have. If you have a lawn, it’s time to mow, trim and weed it. Neglecting your yard is a big mistake and can cost you potential buyers. Small details, like using a string trimmer around the edges, can make the difference between a manicured look and one that’s haphazard. Adding greenery and flowers to the front yard is another way to make your home even more attractive from the street. Don’t feel like adding a flower bed? Place a few container plants around the front porch and walkway.

Make It Sparkle

Rent a pressure washer for a day and blast old dirt off of your home, your walkway and your driveway. You might be surprised at how dirty it actually is, and how much nicer your property looks afterward. If you don’t want to do the pressure washing, or you don’t have time, you can always hire a professional or a kid in the neighborhood. One rule of thumb, however, don’t pressure wash when the temperature is near or below freezing. You could end up with an ice rink on your driveway, and that is never a good first impression to make.

Roll Out The Welcome Mat

This is literally the cheapest tip to follow. Throw out the old welcome mat that’s been through umpteen snowy winters and muddy springtimes, and buy a new one. That clean rectangle on your front stoop is more appealing than a reminder of seasons past.

Touch Up Exterior Walls

Your vinyl siding may be cracked, or your paint job may be chipping. If your home is painted, you can finally put those old cans of paint sitting in your garage to use. Touch up any cracks and chips in the paint. Replace any cracked siding before putting your home on the market. If you have the time and money, you can also have your house re-sided or painted. After all, some colors that sell better than others.

Whatever your budget and your schedule, doing what you can to boost your curb appeal will pay off at closing. You never know when the person who buys your house will ask for a showing. Make sure they want to return with an offer. Your home’s first impression will help you move on to the next chapter in your life, maybe with a little more cash, to boot.

Ways to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

There are several ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency with services from Peter L. Brown. Getting better energy efficiency will not only save you money but will improve indoor air comfort and reduce drafts.

Replacing Your Home Windows

Vinyl window replacement Hartford CT is a great home improvement to get when you are looking to save money on energy. The windows are made from a durable vinyl application which makes them damage proof and least for years. The low maintenance windows are a great addition to any home, bringing in natural light, style and sophistication.

Insulating Your Home

Insulation and ventilation applications are important because they help keep your home running at its peak efficiency.

A home should be properly ventilated or it can lead to many issues such as:

  • Increased moisture
  • Pests
  • Mold
  • Allergens
  • Damage to roof systems
  • Creating ice dams in roofs

If your home is not properly ventilated, it can create condensation and can lead to a roof leak. If you have inadequate insulation, you can either have a mold buildup or holes in the insulation that allow for air to get through. Fix your insulation before it ends up becoming a more expensive problem!

For CT home improvement contractors that can help with energy conservation, contact Peter L. Brown today. From new windows to new insulation, you can have low maintenance materials that create a better performing and energy efficient home.

Mastic Windows: Form & Function

Consider using Peter L. Brown this summer for all of your home’s exterior needs. If you are in the Hartford county area and are looking to repair or replace your roof or windows, trust the professional roofers that have been helping the Hartford area to have beautiful exteriors, one home at a time.

Roofing Services in Hartford CT

Whether you are looking to repair or replace your roof, Peter L. Brown can help your function to its capacity. Many customers often overlook their roof, which is a big mistake. If your roof is not annually inspected, a minor roof issue can turn into a major one. Protect your home by protecting it’s first and most important line of defense – the roof. If your roof has leaks, it can turn into a larger issue if not addressed immediately, which will also cause a lot of damage and cost a lot of money. Address any issues with roofing Hartford CT right away to avoid any serious structural problems down the road.

Upgrading to Mastic Vinyl Windows

Our Mastic Vinyl siding windows are the perfect addition to any home as they are both beautiful and energy efficient. You can make dramatic changes to your exterior just by installing new windows for window replacement Hartford CT. This will increase your home’s curb appeal with a vinyl material that is built to last. From traditional double hung windows to sliding windows – a quality window can change the look of your home, without having to spend a lot of money.

If you are looking to add a modern upgrade to your home without remodeling your entire home – a great place to start is with your roof or your windows. These not only maximize curb appeal but are also items potential buyers look for to be upgraded. By just adding these two services from Peter L. Brown, you can benefit from better energy efficiency, a more modern look and even improved comfort. So contact Peter L. Brown today for quality services from the roofing and window specialists that homeowners can trust!

Designing Your Home To Save You Money

Whether you need siding, insulation, or residential roofing Hartford, CT – Peter L. Brown is your go-to company for all exterior home services. Peter L. Brown began their aluminum, siding and window business since the 1960’s. In 1986, they became a full-service exterior home improvement company, providing you with the best in home improvements at a reasonable price. They have since been dedicated to providing their customers with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship.

Change Your Siding With Unique, Fade-Proof Colors

Since siding is one of the aspects to homes that people see first, it is important to get a durable material that will last. Traditional siding often overlaps, showing unwanted lines and seams. If you want to make a dramatic change to the exterior of your home, then our seamless vinyl siding Hartford, CT is the way to go. The siding pops into place, making installation easy while creating a professional look. You will have a smooth exterior surface, that resists damage, dents and does not have to be repainted. This low-maintenance material will give your home the curb appeal it needs.

Install Insulation For Better Ventilation and Cheaper Energy Bills

It is important to have a completely sealed application of insulation. Some insulation materials do not get in every crack of the wall, and the heat will end up leaking out of the cracks. This will, in turn, raise your energy bill. At Peter L. Brown, we have insulation that will fill in every crevice, to properly ventilate the attic and prevent moisture. In an improperly ventilated area like an attic, condensation will form and lead to raised energy costs, roof and wall damage, water leaking from the attic and even mold and mildew growth. The importance of good insulation is often overlooked, but you will see the savings in energy costs once you change your insulation type. With our AttiCat blown-in insulation, the setup is simple with no mess! Fiberglass insulation is blown into your attic or small space, covering the area in its entirety. You will have more control over your heat, with this safe and reliable material.

Design Your Ideal Roof with a Lifetime Warranty and Curb Appeal

Is your roof living up to its expectation? Many roofs start fading after a few years. Maybe your shingles are falling off and your roof is just not holding up like it used to. With Atlas Roof Shingles featuring Scotchgard protector, you do not have to worry about color fade or algae growth. It is a strong material, that comes with a lifetime limited warranty. So don’t ignore your roof,  as it is easy to overlook. Because the roof is your first line of protection against weather, it needs to be strong. A good roof will protect your home and increase your home’s value greatly.

If you want to upgrade your home, but you don’t know what to work on – choose one of these projects above! They will give you the biggest return on your investment and will save you money in the long run. So contact Peter L. Brown today for a free estimate to start remodeling your dream home today!

 

 

The perfect Exterior Renovations for Your Home

If you are looking to remodel the exterior of your home, Peter L. Brown is the roofing, window and siding expert in the Hartford, CT area. You can have a beautiful, custom-made  piece for your house within a short period of time. You can increase the curb appeal of your home, without spending a lot of money.

Windows and Doors

A great material for windows and Doors would be vinyl siding because it is durable and easy to maintain. Other materials for windows like wood need to be repainted, are hard to maintain and often are exposed to mold and pests that can make the wood rot. Like wood, vinyl siding is just as energy efficient. You can likely save a lot of money on your energy bills within a few years with vinyl siding. Homeowners who use vinyl windows and doors find that they truly last a lifetime. They resist scratching, damage, mold and dirt – which will show up on wood.

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If you are looking for an alternative to moldy and dirty roofs, then Atlas Roof shingles with Scotchgard Protector. They prevent streaking from algae and discoloration. If you want a strong roof, visiting a professional roofer for yearly inspections will help you to protect your investment for years to come. The dimensional shingles used at Peter L. Brow come in 13 different colors and are much more attractive looking than asphalt shingles. For superior resistance to weathering, try Atlas Roof Shingles today.

Siding

If you need to upgrade your siding to a newer, more secure material – then vinyl siding is the choice for you. It is very low maintenance, and only requires a light cleaning with soap and water annually. Many types of siding show where the siding ends, which creates an ‘overlapping’ effect. With Peter L. Brown vinyl siding, it is seamless and you will just have a smooth finish.

So if you are interested in upgrading your exterior to reliable materials, contact Peter L. Brown today. For reasonably priced materials that will have a long life, try any of our vinyl siding materials. In the past 30 years, the vinyl siding industry has boomed and has shown to be a reliable material and easier to manage material over the years.

 

Customizing Your Home With Vinyl Siding

 

With vinyl siding, you can can truly have it all, with customizable looks for a home that stands out in your neighborhood. There are many color and texture options, all at a reasonable price. You do not have to break the bank for great style. When compared to other siding choices, you can have reasonably-priced siding, without compromising a great look.

double5You can easily visualize the look of your home with our mastic color options and styles. With many years of improvements to vinyl siding, it is now even more versatile. The amount of profiles, colors and textures will get you closer to achieving your dream home. Vinyl siding mocks many different expensive types of siding, including wood. It is difficult to tell the two apart, and with vinyl being inexpensive, why not give it a try?

The durability of vinyl siding is what makes it a popular option for homeowners in the U.S. Vinyl siding will not degrade or rot over time, and it is resistant to moisture. It will last for years, so you do not have to worry about replacing as early as other materials.

If you are looking for a low-maintenance option, than look no further. It is resistant to cracks, and also pests like termites. If you want the look of wood, but want to avoid problems with pests, than vinyl is your siding choice! Since it only needs a simple cleaning once a year, its great looks can be maintained without much effort.

Finally, vinyl siding saves money on energy costs, preventing heat from escaping known as “thermal building.” With other sidings that have insulation inside wall studs, the studs lose heat. But, with vinyl, it creates a barrier over the studs that doesn’t lose heat in the winter, and keep a home cooler in the summer.

So, if you are trying to find the perfect siding choice, don’t overlook the many benefits to vinyl siding. With the vast selection of styles and colors, to the durability and maintenance – free quality, why not try it today? Contact Peter L. Brown today to get your dream home!

Is Vinyl Siding Right for You?

cw230s_hero1With Vinyl being the most popular siding choice, it’s probably safe to say that you have considered installing vinyl siding. Many sidings, especially older sidings are subject to fading. Some of the old siding materials turned yellow and cracked in heat. They also had major issues with absorbing too much moisture inside the walls. Luckily, vast improvements over the years have been made in siding.

What are the Improvements with Vinyl Siding?

With Vinyl siding, you are getting a PVC material (polyvinyl chloride) that protects from sunlight, damage, discoloration and fading. It is a package deal, that comes with so many benefits – and not to mention – looks beautiful from the outside. Vinyl siding over the years has improved from looking like plastic, to many different texture and color options to compliment a home.

What Does it Look Like?

Vinyl Siding comes in horizontal or vertical pieces, and are meant to mimic the look and feel of real wood. The vinyl panels come in smooth or textured, with many different design options to customize your home. Horizontal panels pair well with traditional style homes, while the vertical panels compliment more contemporary homes.

Is Vinyl Siding for Everyone?

It is constructed for long-term durability, allowing the material to stay vibrant for many years to come. It is also very low-maintenance, which only requires mild soap and water every so often to clean. As Vinyl Siding keeps improving year after year, its innovations are endless and make owning a home a lot easier to maintain.

It’s Virtually Maintenance Free

It’s resistant to moisture and mold, keeping your siding from rotting and decaying. It retains its color after being exposed to extreme elements, and has an impressive performance for a reasonable price. It is a nearly indestructible siding choice – which is why time after time – people choose vinyl siding.
If you are interested in hearing more about vinyl siding, contact us today. We would be glad to help you pic out the right color and texture of vinyl siding for your home. We can give you a free estimate, and show options specific to your taste. With years of experience in siding, Peter L. Brown is the contractor you can trust!

Why Purchase Vinyl Siding?

Being widely known for its high performance, vinyl siding is the top choice for homeowners and contractors throughout the U.S. In comparison to other siding products, vinyl siding beats them in price, quality, texture and attractive colors.

Ease of Installation

Vinyl siding is an easy material to install and does not have to be intimidating. Vinyl siding is watertight, so when it is installed it has an appealing look. One of the benefits to vinyl siding is that you can remove a piece of siding anywhere. The long pieces of siding can be locked into place, making installation easy and low maintenance.

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Vinyl Siding comes in many different styles, textures and colors. Some of the vinyl is made to mimic the natural rough texture of wood – like Shake Vinyl Siding – saving you money from purchasing real wood siding. Other vinyl gives off the impression of having real shingles, with a cedar grain texture and random gaps. Mimic your favorite siding material by keeping the same quality while skipping the high price!


Different Panels

There are many different panels that vinyl siding comes in. Some of the panels are vertical, triple, double, double dutch lap and single panels. With different textures and shapes, these panels add interest to the exterior of your home.

Quality

Many colors from other siding choices tend to fade in sunlight. Dark colors, although a popular siding choice, fade in direct sunlight with other siding choices. Our vinyl siding has a mastic solar defense technology than will keep your siding looking brand new. Another great aspect to vinyl siding is that is does not require a single coating of paint. Most other siding materials need some kind of paint or heavy duty maintenance every few years, but vinyl siding is unlike any other. The color will never fade or peel, and maintenance only requires mild soap and water occasionally.

So if you want a siding with an attractive look at a fair price – contact us today. The low maintenance siding lasts without stains or painting, and with tons of colors the possibilities are endless. When is comes to siding, it’s hard to combine style with quality. From quality workmanship to custom styles. Our siding has quality workmanship that requires low maintenance, hence our motto “Do it right the first time and you wont have to do it again.” To add the perfect touch to your roof, look no further than vinyl siding as an option for your home.

Visualizing Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is not only a beautiful choice in siding, but it is also one of the most popular choices, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 33 percent of homes in 2012 were constructed with vinyl siding, partly due to the many advances in siding technology.

It’s Diverse

Vinyl siding, when compared to other siding choices, differs because of its strength and ability to resists various elements including extreme heat, cold, and wind. It can withstand up to 200 mph of wind,  even conditions like Superstorm Sandy. It’s lifetime warranty provides keeps customers at ease knowing this product has confirmed longevity.

Low-Maintenance

Vinyl Siding does not take a lot of effort to maintain, making it a sought after product. It does not need to be painted, but it needs to be cleaned once a year with mild soap and water. It also has special properties that allow it to resist rotting, damage and cracking.

Vinyl Siding is Cost Effective

Affordability is one of the many great benefits that vinyl siding offers. It is one of the top home improvement projects to replace siding for vinyl siding, that will recoup costs for resale. It is also the least expensive material to use for siding, also having the lowest cost compared to other siding options like wood.

If you are wondering whether vinyl siding is right for your house, check out this tool by Ply Gem that will show you what your house will look like with different types of siding. If you are interested in finding more about vinyl siding, contact us today. We can provide you with a free estimate to decide if vinyl siding is right for you!