3_secrets_about_residing_your_homeResiding your home is a home improvement project that has several benefits but can often be overlooked. Many people put it on their list and then forget to get around to it. Others take up a low-cost deal with a contractor who has leftover material from a neighboring job.

The truth is, there is a lot more that goes into residing your home than initially meets the eye. Yes, your siding plays an integral role in the appearance of your home, but there is much more to siding than its visual qualities.

Whether you’re in desperate need of new siding, or just looking to upgrade the exterior of your home, here are three things to consider the next time you reside your home:

1.) Your Location Should Determine Your Siding

With every passing year there are more and more siding alternatives to choose from. Each alternative comes complete with its own set of characteristics and benefits that make them appealing in their own way.

You might want to go with the cheapest option, the nicest looking option, or even the option that requires the least amount of maintenance, but as a part of your home that will be subjected to the harshest conditions the elements have to throw at you, you need to do a little research to find out what materials perform best in your climate.

This may slightly alter your purchasing decision, but your final selection will last longer and perform better. You will also be able to relax knowing that your final choice will last for a long time.

2.) Increases Resale Value

If you are looking to sell your home in the near future, residing your house is one of the most profitable projects when it comes to providing immediate benefit and  increasing the future resale value.

There are several variables that make this differ from case to case, but generally redoing your home’s siding is a valuable project.

Things you’ll want to look into before you start a project for the purpose of reselling are; what type of siding is preferred in the current housing market, how much of the cost will be recouped upon selling your home, and if your realtor thinks it’s a good idea. Your siding is a major component of your home’s exterior and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Fresh siding that replaces something old and run down can be a great way to make the home’s first impression a good one.

3.) Hidden Savings 

If your siding is old and outdated, you’re most likely paying more on your energy bills than you need to be paying. Different siding materials have different energy benefits, so having an expert come out and consult you on how to best address the areas of your home that are not efficiently using energy could help you make your decision.  Once you find the right material to save energy you can try to balance that with aesthetic preferences.

By considering these three areas the next time you reside your home, you’ll be in the best position to make the right decision.