We recently published a blog post to help Charlottesville homeowners tackle autumn home maintenance. Now that you’ve tuned up your furnace and you’re working on taking care of those drafty windows, it’s time to improve your curb appeal to correspond with this beautiful season.

Here is how to improve curb appeal to leave your home looking beautiful and performing at peak condition.


Step 1: Rake up Leaves and Debris


If you already have an abundance of leaves around your home, now is the time to remove them from your lawn. Whether you prefer to mow over the leaves or rake them into a pile for bagging, make this one of your first tasks to tackle. You’ll need to take care of this first so you can see the exterior elements that need your attention.


Step 2: Upgrade Old and Outdated Siding


Once the leaves are out of the way, take a close look at components of your home, such as siding your siding. If your siding is made of wood or it’s particularly old, you’ll need to look for issues such as:

  • Holes in the panels of old vinyl siding
  • Chipping or peeling wood siding
  • Wood rot on the panels, which can crumble away at the touch of your finger
  • Panels pulling away from the side of your home

If you discover that there are major problems with your current siding, replacement may be in order. Choose vinyl siding that is highly durable, protects your home from the elements, and keeps your home warm during the winter.

For example, Prodigy siding system offers premium insulated exterior with an exceptional R-value. Its thermal barrier is up to 1 ½” thick, offering maximum insulation for any home here in Charlottesville.


Step 3: Replace Windows That Fall Short on Appearance and Performance


As you’re looking at your windows on the exterior, keep the following in mind:

  • Take note of cracking or warping frames
  • Check around for gaps in the caulking
  • Shake the window to detect rattling
  • Open and close the windows to ensure they are operating easily and correctly
  • Check for signs of broken glass or fogging between the glass panes

Now is the time for new window installation for improved curb appeal and better home performance. Quality vinyl window frames are customizable and feature a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, from the classic double hung to elegant bay and bow windows—resulting in an instant facelift for your home.

Furthermore, professional installation ensures top performance by blocking out drafts and keeping utility bills low.


Step 4: Add Pizzazz with Plants, Flowers, and Fall Décor


The last step is to add details to your landscaping. Add pumpkins to your porch with cornstalks tied to poles or framing your entry door. Pull out dead plants from the summer season and plant some bright mums. Other autumn plants include Tawny King, White Gaura, Aster, and Beauty Berry.


Get Your Home Autumn-Ready With Window Depot USA

Whether you’re planning a large or small project this fall, Window Depot USA of Charlottesville can show you how to take your curb appeal to the next level. Consider our premium replacement products to enhance energy efficiency and boost curb appeal. Contact us today for a free design consultation.