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Curb appeal. Dressing up a basic home with the right architectural accessories can make it an extraordinary home. You can add distinction, charm and character that will not only impress your neighbors, but potential homebuyers as well. In a competitive housing market, a well-trimmed house could bring more money, more quickly.

Visual variety. We are almost instinctively drawn to homes that are complex, elaborate, substantial, and well put-together. Homes that have a "finished" look. Exterior trim can make your home the complete package, giving shape, dimension, texture and color to the outside of the home.

Camouflaging flaws. Window and door surrounds, shapely headers, pilasters, moldings, and shutters can visually alter the proportions of windows and doors, making them look wider or taller. Properly combined, these various trimmings can work to make a house look taller or broader, less squat or less top heavy.

Personalizing. With architectural trim you can customize your home the way you want and set it apart from the generic look common to so many homes around you.

Affordability. Depending on the size of your home and the trim elements you choose, you can give your home a facelift for a few hundred or a few thousand dollars. You can also do it incrementally, as your budget allows, over a longer period of time. Dress up the front this summer, the back next summer, and the sides a year later. Put up shutters now, and decorative headers over windows and doors later. With a minimal investment of time and effort, you can do the work yourself. For time-starved individuals installation work can be hired out inexpensively.