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If you’re like me, you stopped using the front door to enter and exit your home long ago. In fact, many homeowners rely on their garage doors as the primary way to enter and exit their homes. It’s just easier – you’re usually going to or from your car anyway. But what you may not know is that the garage door is often the route that burglars take to get into your home as well. Luckily, you can make your garage door more secure. I started this blog to share my tips for garage door security and maintenance, as well as the things that you need to know when choosing a new garage door. Don’t forget to check out all the ways you can customize your garage door opener to make it more secure and more suited for your lifestyle.

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4 Projects Sure To Improve Curb Appeal And Increase Your Property Value

Whether or not you plan to sell your home in the future, it's always a good idea to maintain optimal curb appeal and property value as time goes on – a good looking home offers comfort and peace of mind, while high property value ensures the protection of your investment. Here are four projects to consider implementing that are sure to improve curb appeal and increase your property value:

Resurface Your Concrete

One of the best ways to improve your property's curb appeal and at the same time improve its value is to resurface your concrete driveway. The resurfacing process will hide any chips and signs of wear, giving your driveway a brand new look without the need for any extensive work. Resurfacing options are varied, providing you with the opportunity to incorporate colors, patterns, or textures into your new surface.

With the help of a concrete resurfacing company like Mara Restoration, Inc., it's possible to turn your ordinary concrete driveway into a canvas of stonework, brick overlays, or stamped impressions. And you can count on your newly resurfaced driveway to add some financial value to your property overall, which should help to pay for the project within a short time.

Plant a Few Trees

A fun way to increase property value and spruce up curb appeal is to plant a few deciduous trees in the yard. When planted near windows that get direct sunlight during the day, the leaves on deciduous trees offer shade protection for increased energy efficiency. During the winter months, deciduous trees lose their leaves so the sun can naturally heat your home up and minimize wear and tear on your heating system. Trees also happen to increase property values by up to 20 percent, and they're always enjoyable to look at whether from inside or out on the road.  

When it comes to deciduous trees there are a variety of intriguing options to consider including crab apple, cherry, magnolia, discovery elm, and sycamore. When choosing a place to plant young trees in the yard, keep their size at maturity in mind and plant them far enough away that their full grown branches won't fall on the roof in extreme weather conditions.

Update Your Windows

Updating your windows to Energy Star rated or equivalent options is an awesome way to save yourself some money on monthly energy costs, and the process will likely increase your home's value by up to 97 percent of the cost of your new windows within just the first year. You should find that double-paned glass windows that are also insulated will maximize your return on investment.

Your new windows will help give the overall home a newer look from both inside and out, but if you'd like to further improve curb appeal and energy efficiency you can apply solar insulation film to the panes. They come in a variety of colors and shades, making it possible to create a unique look by incorporating designs such as stained glass murals.

Freshen Up with Paint

Putting a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home will instantly increase its overall value, improve curb appeal, and provide you with a sense of pride as a homeowner every time you pull into your driveway. You don't have to cover the entire house to get great results. Painting the trim of the windows as well as patching up scratches and chips is enough to result in a fresh new look.

If you plan to use a new color for your update project, it's helpful to consider your home's location and architecture so the makeover fits in with the environment. In a northern climate, muted colors tend to work well, while sunny southern climates are complemented best by bright yet neutral colors.

Each of these ideas will make your home stand out from the crowd with pride, beauty, and a strong value that looks good on the market.