Recently a homeowner in Royal Oak spoke with us about steps that she could take to add value and curb appeal to her home. The homeowner had lovingly updated the entire interior of the home, but the exterior told a different story. The very unique 1920’s craftsman bungalow presented some challenges for our team.
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The home is constructed of solid, poured concrete. Each wall was over 12″ thick and built like a shelter. Adding siding the the first floor of the home was not an option. The upper part of the home where the second story bungalow was built, was stucco over lath board. The 100 year old stucco had not been well maintained and was crumbling in some areas to expose the lath board. The homes gutters were sagging and separating from the home. The home’s downspouts were also not the proper length and allowing water to pour directly against the home’s foundation.
After a consultation with the homeowner, she chose a Mastic Discovery Perfection 7″ Shake siding in Pacific Blue which was installed over insulation for added R-value. We utilized the Mastic line’s “Perfect Corner” corner post to frame the siding and give it a seamless look around the top of the home. The soffits and fascia of the home were also wrapped in coordinating colors of aluminum to give the entire exterior a long lasting, beautiful and most importantly, low-maintenance appearance.
The homeowner was so pleased that she sent in the following letter that we’re proud to share with you.
I wanted to reach out and thank you so much for the work that you did on my home. I knew that before I listed my home for sale that I needed to update the exterior of my home. Not just to add to the curb appeal, but to give myself peace of mind knowing that the home that I was selling to another family was in its best possible condition. I met with Jesse who came out and walked the exterior of my home. He pointed out the downspouts and gutters and left me with a big book of siding samples.
Over the next few weeks I poured over images on Pinterest of classic 1920s exteriors because I wanted to make sure that any updates I did were true to the time period of the home. I decided on Pacific Blue and a cream colored accent on the underside of the roof. Someone from Modern Xterior called me every step of the way to let me know what to expect. The crew that installed the siding was quick and respectful, they didn’t even leave a scrap of siding behind (I looked for one so I could color match the door paint to the siding lol) and cleaned up all debris. The crew that came the next day to install the new gutters was even faster. I have a small yappy dog and he didn’t even bark once. The whole process was painless from start to finish.
Before and After
When Jesse came back to walk the exterior with me he noticed part of my overhang that was so rotten that it had a bird’s nest in it. He went to his truck and replaced the wood right there on the spot. I was blown away by the customer service and professionalism.
Before the improvements I’d spoken to 3 Royal Oak realtors for ideas on what I could expect my home to sell for. After the improvements from Modern Xterior, those went up double the cost of the improvements. I put my home on the market and 48 hours later had nearly a dozen offers and two notes from potential buyers remarking on how much they appreciated the quality of the home’s exterior improvements. I immediately sent MXI a message and let them know that their siding sold my home. And for 15% above asking!!! If you are on the fence about improving your home or afraid to make a mistake in hiring the right company like I was, look no further. I plan on having the team at MXI back out to work on my new home. Thank you so much! -A VERY HAPPY (now, former) homeowner