Four Fashionable Ways to Spruce Up the Exterior of Your Home

Curb Appeal

Nothing entices a home buyer more than the outside appearance of a home. The curb appeal weighs heavily on the decision to buy. Sprucing up the exterior of your home can add much to the value of your home. Below are four ways to spruce up the exterior of your home so that it has extra appeal.


1. New Color and Shutters:

One of the easiest ways to improve the exterior of your home is to give it some new color. If you have aluminum or wood siding, you can paint the exterior. This is a job you can do yourself, and it will significantly increase the amount of your equity. If your house is over 15 years old, it is a good idea to replace the siding or exterior. By adding new shutters to your home, you can change the entire look of your homes exterior. They can dress up an otherwise bland home, giving it better curb appeal and depth. Add to that the potential energy savings you could gain from adding shutters, and they become even more appealing.


New Shutters
By Larry & Teddy Page under CC BY 2.0


2. Change Up the Roof:

An aging roof with shingles peeling off should be fixed. Either replace the roof on your home to a more traditional roof, or replace missing shingles so you protect the inside of your home from any water damage that might occur. Roofing repairs can be expensive, but they are much cheaper to repair than water damage in your home. If serious repairs are needed for your roof, consider changing the material of your shingles to something that will compliment your home better.  Look for other ways to change up your roof as well. When you make changes to the roof line, like adding a dormer, it can really change the look of your house by creating some variety and giving the home a cottage feel to the appearance.

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Changing the roof
By Alan Light under CC BY 2.0


3. Brighten the Lights:

If you have old, dingy light fixtures outside your home, they give it an old, rundown appearance. By replacing these lights with more modern fixtures, you add a dash of style and class to your exterior. Small things like this will catch the eye of a prospective buyer. The good news is that there are plenty of nice looking light fixtures for very reasonable prices. Another great way to light the exterior of your home is landscape lighting.  Placed correctly, these lights could highlight the natural beauty of your property and your home.

4. Landscaping and Lawn Care:

Adding some attractive landscaping and colorful flowers and plants is a great way to liven up the exterior of your home. Growing a lovely garden is inexpensive and quite satisfying. Adding landscape variations such as trees, hedges and bushes add detail and variety to your property. Ponds and stone paths add a nice aesthetic appeal to the exterior of your home. You will be surprised by how much you enjoy creating your own peaceful spaces as you update your landscaping. A good guideline for landscaping is to incorporate flora and features of the environment you live in to your yard, so that it looks natural. As you work on making your yard and lawn more beautiful, it will add considerably to the beauty and appeal of your home.

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By making some minor improvements to the outside of your home, you can make a nice impression with neighbors and potential buyers when you go to sell your home. When you spruce up the outside, the value of your home improves too.

By Marlena Stoddard