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10 Curb Appeal Makeovers that Increase Your Home's Value

Dave Kolakowski

Dave Kolakowski is "Head-of-Stuff" at Living In Metro DC and an area resident for over 45 years...

Dave Kolakowski is "Head-of-Stuff" at Living In Metro DC and an area resident for over 45 years...

Jan 21 4 minutes read

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression, and that counts for your home, too! Buyers might be less likely to check out the rest of a house if the outside is unappealing—even if the interior is stunning.

If you’re looking to sell your house, a few inexpensive changes to your home’s exterior could help make the process smoother. From being able to sell faster to add greater value to the asking price.

1. Add a fresh coat of paint

Depending on what your budget is, painting can give you a lot of bang for your buck. When painting don’t forget picket fences around your yard, trimming around the eaves of the roof, and replacing old gutters and downspouts may catapult the appeal of the exterior of your home.

2. Updating your landscaping

Before you spend a dime on your house, look at your yard, landscaping, sidewalk, and front entryway. In all of these areas, a few hours of yard work, tidying up your property can go a long way. Tall trees and shrubs can make a small house look smaller. Look for lush ground cover plants and add a few pops of color to build more dimension to your walkway.

3. Adding exterior architectural details 

Turn a standard structure into a period piece by adding attractive trim and stone to your walkway. Or spice up your front entry door hardware by using new metal finishes and different decorative styled lighting fixtures.

4. Turn on the charm

The strongest appeal to any home is adding bits of charm that welcomes your visitors. You can do this by adding details that make your homes unique such as a sitting bench or rocking chair and subtle walkway lighting. If you have a large front porch, add furniture and an outdoor area rug. Wall décor can also bring the indoors out.

5. Emphasize the front door

A brightly colored door is a great way to draw attention to your house and make it feel more inviting. The front door should be your home’s exterior focal point — ramp up the appeal by painting it a rich hue, updating door hardware or adding a new knocker.

6. Update your walkway

This can be as easy as pressure washing your concrete walkway and adding in colored mulch to your landscaping. The contrast between a lighted walkway and darker mulch creates an illusion of length.

7. Create symmetry 

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it's also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical structures such as light fixtures, potted plants, and other front-door accents can create a welcoming entryway and boost curb appeal.

8. Mailbox Makeover 

Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it's also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical structures such as light fixtures, potted plants, and other front-door accents can create a welcoming entryway and boost curb appeal.

9. Add shutters or accent trim

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10. Replace the gutters

If your home has an older gutter system, odds are it's also suffering from peeling paint, rust, or other problems that can convey a sense of neglect. Replace old systems with a newer vinyl gutter system or pull out the paint.

In real estate, a beautiful face isn't just memorable, it can make or break a home sale. The exterior of your home deserves the same attention to detail as the interior. 

Improving the look of your home’s exterior doesn’t require a 6-man crew and thousands of dollars. From fresh paint to colorful plants, these ten easy updates can be accomplished by just about any homeowner, and shouldn’t stress your finances either.

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