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Tips to add resale value to your home's exterior

Change the siding? Add new shrubbery? Replace the cracked sidewalk?

When it comes time to enhance the curb appeal of your home, there are a multitude of improvement projects you can consider -- but which ones will add the highest resale value to your home?

According to home improvement experts "think big" and invest in projects that make a significant impact on the exterior of your home. Adding some window flowerpots or garden flags are nice, but they don't add lasting value to a home.

For your enjoyment while living in the home, and for added resale value when you decide to sell the home, consider projects that impressively kick up the value of your house overall.

It is recommended that these projects and products to significantly upgrade the value of your home.

Tip 1 - Create a bay or bow window on the front of your home.

Take out a few side-by-side Double Hung windows and opt to replace them with a bay or bow window, said Bruce Ryan from Ryan Windows & Siding.

These dramatic windows extend the living space on the interior of the home and create a new focal point for a house.

Make certain to maximize your investment by insisting on low-maintenance Energy Star qualified windows from Ryan Window & Siding.

Tip 2 - Invest in a strong roof with a strong warranty.

The roof is one of the most vulnerable areas of the home's structure, says Eric Chandler for Chandler Roofing, so when it's time to replace it, start with lots of research. Look for a low-maintenance roof that can withstand fire, high winds, impact, hail and severe weather.

Tip 3 - Add decorative millwork around windows and doors. Trimless doors and windows equate to a boring home exterior. By investing in low maintenance urethane window crossheads that sit atop windows, and pilasters that travel vertically up the sides of doors, homeowners can embellish the exteriors of their homes. Small touches can go a long way, says Denny Hoffman of Red Wing's Arrow Building Center.

Tip 4 - Replace a window with a decorative glass accent window, says Don Sahli of Red Wing Glass.

Select a front-facing window on your home's exterior that's in a hallway or guest bathroom and replace it with an artistic decorative glass window to add sparkle inside and outside the home. Sunlight entering through a decorative glass window is transformed into colorful prisms of light.

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