6 ways to customize your home and increase pride of ownership

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Whether you recently purchased a pre-owned manufactured home or you’ve been living in your home for many years, there are some simple things you can do to revamp and modernize. Some may even save money on utilities while adding value.

Skirting and siding. Give your home a “facelift” with new skirting and siding. In addition to the contemporized exterior, you’ll also be pleased with energy savings. Especially if you opt for insulated skirting. Colors and options for vinyl siding are always changing and there’s new options in faux stone for accents and skirting.

Windows and doors. Save on energy and update the look of your home at the same time with new windows and exterior doors. Look for the Energy Star label when shopping. If a new door isn’t in the budget, try painting it. A new modern color can really make a difference.

Fresh paint. A new coat of paint is an inexpensive way to revitalize your home. By repainting walls, ceilings, trim and even cabinets or interior doors can really change the look and make your home feel fresh and new.

Plumbing and light fixtures. Replacing old fixtures is another way to modernize your home. There are countless options and finishes sure to fit any style of décor. Switching to low flow showerheads and LED lighting will also save energy.

Landscaping. You don’t need elaborate flowerbeds to boost curb appeal. A few low maintenance shrubs or perennials go a long way. Try spirea, hosta, sedum, black-eyed susans or day lilies. Consider using mulch in your flowerbeds to help keep the weeds down. For additional color all summer, purchase a couple hanging baskets or plant annuals in pots and place around your porch or deck.

To find a business that specializes in manufactured home updates, contact your community office for a list of recommendations or visit: https://www.michhome.org/michigan-servicer-supplier.aspx and select "supplier" from the list of business categories.

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