Elite Home Exteriors NW

Your home is your greatest asset. 

But what happens when your home starts to show its age? 

When the paint peels and the gutters sag, it’s time to increase your home’s curb appeal.

The problem is that you don’t know where to start.

From updating your front door to adding some potted plants, we’ll show you how to improve curb appeal as well as increase the value of your home.


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Increase Curb Appeal, Even if You’re Not Selling Your Home

It’s no secret that first impressions are important, and your home is no exception. 

When you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you want the outside to look just as good as the inside does. That’s why increasing your curb appeal is important when selling your home. 

Not only does it make the property more attractive to buyers, but making the upgrades can also add value.

Even if you’re not planning on moving any time soon, it can still be beneficial to keep up on some outdoor house maintenance. 

Replacing old or outdated siding is a great way to give your home an instant facelift. 

At Elite Home Exteriors, our experienced team is eager to propose a customized solution for upgrading your siding.

If you are ready to significantly improve your curb appeal, contact us and schedule a free siding consultation.

11 of the Best Ways To Add Curb Appeal for Every Budget

Your home’s curb appeal starts with the basic building blocks — a well-maintained lawn, trimmed bushes, and colorful flowers. 

But if you need more ideas, keep reading for a list of the eleven best ways to give your home a face-lift and add curb appeal.

#1: Keep Up With Your Landscaping

Your home’s landscaping is the first thing potential buyers will see when they come to take a look, so it’s important to make a good impression. 

You don’t need to spend a lot of money — just some time and elbow grease.

Not sure where to start? 

Here are a few landscaping tasks you can do this weekend:

  • Trim bushes and hedges
  • Discard dead tree limbs
  • Pull weeds; and
  • Remove debris from your yard

Then continue to maintain your landscaping by mowing regularly and keeping the grass alive. If you have mulch, gravel, or rocks, keep them neat and free of weeds.

#2: Give Your Front Door a Refresh

You don’t have to spend a lot of money or undertake a major renovation — sometimes all it takes is giving your front door a refresh.

Some examples of how you can do it yourself include: 

  • Painting your front door. If your door is in good condition, you can give it a fresh coat of paint or stain. Add new hardware for an extra touch of polish.
  • Sprucing up your entryway. Whether it’s a porch or stoop, make sure your entryway is clean and inviting. Sweep away any dirt and cobwebs, and add a potted plant or two for a pop of color.
  • Touching up your trim work. Inspect all the trim around your windows and doors — if it’s chipped or peeling, now’s the time to repaint it. This will help brighten up your home’s exterior and make everything look more cohesive.

#3: Add Outdoor Lighting

Adding outdoor lighting is budget-friendly and one of the best ways to add curb appeal. 

If your home’s exterior is looking a little dark and dreary, you can change out old bulbs and add lighting:

  • Along walkways or the driveway
  • On the sides of your home; or
  • Above the home garage

Outdoor lighting can make a big difference in how your home looks — and feels.

#4: Upgrade Your House Numbers

Most homes have simple, standard house numbers that are easy to read from the street. 

But with a little creativity, you can turn your house numbers into a stylish statement that reflects your personal taste.

Here are four ways to give your home’s curb appeal a boost with stylish house numbers:

  1. Make your own house numbers using wood or metal letters or digits.
  2. Hang your numbers on a piece of driftwood or another found object.
  3. Paint your numbers in a bold color that contrasts with your home’s exterior paint color.
  4. Illuminate your numbers with battery-operated lights or solar-powered lights for improved visibility at night.

You can get creative and come up with something unique without breaking the budget.

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#5: Power Wash

Another cost-effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to power wash it. 

Using a power washer is an easy and effective way to remove any dirt, grime, or mold that has built up on the:

  • Walkways
  • Driveway
  • Siding; and
  • Attached structures (i.e., detached garage, shed, workshop)

Once you’ve finished power washing, take a step back and admire your handiwork. 

Your home will look refreshed and new again — all thanks to power washing.

#6: Repaint Shutters and Trim

Homeowners rarely give their shutters and trim a second thought — until they see peeling paint or notice chips in the wood. 

Neglected shutters and trim can give your home an untidy appearance, so it’s important to keep them in good condition.

One of the least expensive ways to increase curb appeal is to repaint shutters or trim to fix:

  • Chipping 
  • Peeling; and
  • Discoloration

You can do this yourself or hire a professional, but either way, it’s a project that doesn’t require a lot of time or money.

#7: Upgrade Your Hardware

If you’re looking for a relatively inexpensive way to improve your home’s curb appeal, one of the best things you can do is upgrade your hardware. 

Get rid of chipping, broken, rusty, outdated hardware by installing stylish options for your:

  • Door knobs
  • Door locks; and
  • Light fixtures

By upgrading these items, you can give your home a fresh, new look that will turn heads.

#8: Upgrade Your Mailbox

Another often overlooked way to increase your home’s curb appeal is to upgrade your mailbox.

A new or freshly painted mailbox can add a pop of color and make your home look well-kept and cared for.

But if your mailbox is looking a little worse for wear, it might be time for a replacement.

Whether you’re buying new or repainting old, be sure to select a color that complements your house and piques the interest of passers-by. 

Once you’ve chosen your color, add some nice house numbers instead of stickers that peel away. 

This small touch will give your home an air of sophistication and make it easy for visitors to find you.

#9: Install Decorative Window Boxes

Window boxes are an easy and effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal. 

To install decorative window boxes, you will need to:

  1. Measure the windows
  2. Cut the wood to size
  3. Drill holes for the screws; and
  4. Attach the brackets

Once the boxes are installed, you can fill them with soil and plants of your choice.

They are especially nice for flowers, but you can also plant:

  • Seasonal plants 
  • Flowers for holidays; or
  • Succulents (if you don’t have a green thumb)

Installing window boxes is a relatively simple project that can be completed in a few hours. 

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#10: Add an Outdoor Feature

If you have a large backyard, consider adding … 

… as beautiful outdoor features that can bring curb appeal to your home. 

Want some other ideas?

Consider one or more of the following outdoor features to instantly add curb appeal to your home on a budget:

  • Lamp posts — They come in a variety of styles and can be found at most home improvement stores. 
  • Seating areas — You can create a seating area by adding a few chairs and a table to your front porch or back patio.
  • Fences — If you have a garden, consider adding a fence around it. You can also add a fence along the perimeter of your property. 
  • Bird feeders — They attract birds, which add color and life to your yard. 
  • Water baths — If you are fine with attracting birds to your yard, you can’t go wrong with adding a water bath or two outside your home.

#11: Maintain Your Siding

Siding that is in good condition will make your house look well-maintained and cared for.

It will also be more effective at protecting your home from the elements. If your siding is in poor condition, it can make your house look run down and uninviting. 

Worse yet, it can lead to structural damage if not properly maintained.

So how do you keep your siding in good condition?

There are a few options, such as:

  • Repainting the siding
  • Replacing what’s broken; or 
  • Replacing the siding entirely

Elite Home Exteriors can help with any of these options. 

Our professional team has the experience and expertise to get the job done right.

If you’re not sure whether your siding needs a little TLC or a complete overhaul, contact us today. 

We’ll be happy to take a look and give you our professional opinion on one of the best ways to add curb appeal by maintaining your siding.

Let Elite Home Exteriors Replace Your Siding To Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Elite Home Exteriors has the experience and expertise to replace your siding and improve your home’s curb appeal. 

We work with you to choose the right materials and colors that will complement your home’s style and boost its visual impact.

As a James Hardie ELITE Preferred Contractor, we take pride in our workmanship and guarantee that your new siding will be installed correctly and look great for years to come. 

Call us today to schedule a free consultation. 

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and provide you with a detailed estimate. 

See what homeowners are saying about our work!

Colleen Hass
Colleen Hass
Choose this company for you siding, you won't be sorry! The owner Ian, is far and above best contractor I have ever worked with. Excels at communication, follow up and explains everything in a friendly non-pressure way. I interviewed three other contractors, before settling on Elite. I knew I would be in good hands for this huge investment with Ian as he was genuine and sincere about providing the best result. Both the siding and the paint crew are top notch professionals, with a great work ethic and attention to detail, they are Hardie trained so you can be sure the installation was done to the highest standard and it shows! We went from ugly worn out 20 year vinyl to James Hardie siding, and the difference astounding, very very happy with what feels like a new house now.
Colton O’Neill
Colton O’Neill
Ian is extremely knowledgeable at his craft. He was so patient with all of our questions and concerns. We felt so comfortable from the moment we met him. We met with a few other companies to do our due diligence but Ian was the clear choice.
Adam Tuck
Adam Tuck
My home has a fairly complex exterior, and we were looking to re-side the home as we were dealing with constant issues of water intrusion. I was searching the greater Portland/Vancouver area for Siding Contractors for Hardie Siding, as we really just wanted something that would hold up against the elements and protect us in the case of any nearby fires (we’re close to some woods). After meeting Ian from Elite Home Exteriors, we decided to go with him and we couldn’t have been happier that we decided to go with him as out Siding Contractor. We had additional problems from the water damage too, and the folks he recommended were also top notch. Ian and team are a James Hardie Elite Preferred Siding Contractor, which means basically that he’s passed the highest certification for installing James Hardie siding products. I would work with him again, but based on his fit and finish, I probably won’t need to! Thanks Ian!
D Gray (DGray)
D Gray (DGray)
Working with Ian and his company was an absolute pleasure. I currently own 2 homes and have had 3 previous houses, so I’ve had experience with many contractors over the last 20 years and most are not good. My husband and I had a water intrusion issue (undisclosed to us during a house purchase) that we subsequently discovered for ourselves 6 months later in the rainy season. After meeting with many contactors to figure out how to execute the repair, we decided that their prices were outrageous even for just a patch job and we decided to do the right thing and replace all the wood siding with Hardie plank. My husband found Ian online, and we met with him. He is excellent at communication, through emails/text and/or phone calls. He was always pleasant to meet with and didn’t talk to me as if I was a dumb homeowner, which happens quite a bit in this industry. He was happy to answer all my questions and work with us on a documented design for adding architectural details so there was no questions on how the job would look. He and his crew were always punctual and professional. They finished the job ahead of schedule and did everything promised. Honestly, the water intrusion situation was very stressful, but Ian made it a pleasure to get resolved. I am so happy that we went with him and have had excellent results. My high-strung HOA was even happy about his work and gave us a compliment. I wholeheartedly recommend him, and I would be happy to talk to anyone wanting a reference about our pleasant experience. It isn’t every day that such a huge job is completed with such ease and professionalism. I 100% recommend working with Ian and Elite Home Exteriors NW – you won’t be disappointed!
roxanne sutton
roxanne sutton
The South wall of the house had rot and cut siding from a previous connected wood deck. Ian was a pleasure to work with and a consummate professional from start to finish. He answered detailed questions, gave me several options to fit within my budget. Ian communicated with me throughout the process, and was accommodating when I requested more detail, or a change during planning phase. His crew shows up on schedule, were friendly and courteous of my property, and cleaned up thoroughly before leaving. The job was completed quickly and within budget. The new siding and paint is an asset to this house and exceeds my expectations. I enjoyed working with Ian, and would recommend Elite Home Exteriors NW to anyone considering a siding update for their home.
Justin Acciavatti
Justin Acciavatti
Glad I hired Ian and his team to replace siding on the south-facing side of my house. Communication with Ian throughout project was as good as any contractor I've worked with. The work was done well, went smoothly, just what you want. Also glad to see them not show up in expensive vehicle wrapped graphics, etc that the customer pays for. I'll have more siding to do on my house and will hire them again.
Lori Clark
Lori Clark
Great communication by the company. The workers are skilled, arrived on time, and they are very friendly. We love the work they did on our house. The new siding makes our older home look like a new house!
Keith Belshaw
Keith Belshaw
I chose to contract the team at Elite Home Exteriors NW to replace my siding as they had a fair price and provided a detail guide of materials, process and standards. They exceeded my expectations by finishing work early, were quick to communicate, did a fantastic job of replacing the siding and the team that did the install were friendly and helpful. I would solidly recommend Elite Home Exteriors!
Brendan Greenen
Brendan Greenen
Elite Home Exteriors NW did an outstanding job on re-siding our home. From the initial survey and quote, to scheduling and completing the work, they were extremely transparent, communicative and professional! Very happy with our new siding and paint for our home!
Kosal Sam
Kosal Sam
Ian and his team done a fantastic job. We resided our home with new siding and exterior paint. We are very happy of the outcome of their work. They did a great job!

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