5 Trending Exterior Remodeling Ideas to Boost Curb Appeal
Updating your home's exterior feels like an obvious step when you're getting rest to sell: yet many are lost on where they should start. Of course, no set plan will work for every home, but putting in the work and trying some of these options can make it so that you create the perfect buyer-bait property.
All your exterior has to do is be beautiful enough to get them interested in the property! Here’s what you can update to create an amazing space.
1. Update Your Porch
If you have a porch, it's a good idea to invest some time and money into making it look as welcoming as possible. The current trend for patios is to lean into the holidays and create fun oases that allow the front of your home to welcome you in fully. This means comfortable furniture, gorgeous plants, and welcoming colors that signal it's time to unwind and relax. Avoid leaning too far into quirky designs like cottage core. These are pretty and look good in photos, but if someone doesn't understand the style, it can come off as silly or immature.
2. Replace Older Windows
If your windows are dingy and old, they'll ruin the appeal of your entire property. Instead, update your windows with new ones that are equal parts attractive as well as strong to hold up against the elements. Although there aren't as many window types as types of siding for houses, you can still pick a color and sizing that will give your home a custom look. This update makes a home look newer and may inspire buyers to take a closer peek at what the house has to offer.
3. Add Gorgeous Hardscaping
Hardscaping has come back into style with a lot of enthusiasm. This type of lawn design ensures that a property is portioned off for a clear walkway, obvious flowerbeds, and even clear seating. In addition, permeable hardscape materials ensure that they last longer against any weather or climate and give your lawn a far more expensive look than it would have otherwise. The color and texture of hardscaping you pick must go with the rest of your home, so take your time choosing so that you get the best product possible.
4. Update Your Siding
What type of siding does your home have? How old is it? If your siding is between twenty to thirty years old, it's probably time to replace it. Instead, consider board and batten siding that can protect your home while still looking good.
You can take this time to pick a new color, and almost any shade and hue work well with board and batten. This will allow your home to stand out in your neighborhood and catch the eye of any buyers in the area. Please pay attention to what styles speak to you the most, and consider leaning into it. Although this may make your property a little polarizing, the right people will quickly start a bidding war over any property that speaks to them.
5. Create Visual Interest
Your home's exterior doesn't have to be pathways and plants exclusively. Instead, consider creating vertical visual interest with an update like a garage pergola. These structures have a unique look that's gained a lot of popularity in recent years. Make of whatever material you like, a good pergola will keep the sun off of your property, will lower the temperature outside, and will make your home more unique and attractive. Of course, you can paint them any color you like or go for the classic warm red shade, but have fun with it!
Pay Attention to Your HOA
The worst thing you can do is sink thousands into an update only for your local HOA to charge you a fee and tell you to take it down. If you’re making any major changes, talk to your HOA and ask what’s allowed or what isn’t. The property is yours, but no buyer wants to purchase a property only to be told something outside of their control has to be changed.
If you're building an extra structure or adding onto your property in any way, it may also be a good idea to talk to your local government and ensure that you have the right zoning to do so. This can take up some of your time, but in the long run, it can save you an incredible amount of hassle, money, and legal issues if you get it handled before you start updating or building. This won't be a problem for most updates on this list, but it's still a good idea to check rather than make a costly mistake.
Curb Appeal Pulls People In
Although it may feel like the home's interior is what matters most: if your curb appeal is lacking any spark of inspiration, fewer people will decide to go inside. So try a few of these options and work to create a home exterior that will spark a bidding war.
Andrea Erickson is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the real estate industry. Andrea is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.
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