Exterior Home Upgrades: 8 Ways to Upgrade your Curb Appeal

The exterior of a home is the first impression, and a big part of what sets it apart from other homes in the neighborhood. The interior of the home is where you live, but the way the exterior looks can be just as important. If selling your home is in your future, investing in curb appeal can give it a huge boost in attracting buyers.

The term curb appeal doesn’t apply to your house itself, it also refers to the landscaping and general maintenance of your yard. With that said, homeowners don’t need a huge budget to boost their curb appeal. In addition to large updates like siding, you can also consider putting in a few Saturdays of yard work to clean up the appearance of your front yard.

Below are 8 ways to update your home’s curb appeal, on any budget.

  • Paint/Siding

The appearance of the exterior of your home is greatly impacted by the condition the siding or paint job is in. If the paint color or siding appears to need an update, the entire exterior appearance of the home will suffer.

  • Lighting

Porch lighting, walkway lighting or garage door lighting can only be seen at night, but it can add ambiance and safety to the outside of your home. Updated light fixtures can enhance curb appeal and highlight the beauty of your landscaping.

  • Garage Door

The good news about the garage door needing an update or coat of paint is that this exterior home upgrade provides a solid return on investment. Newer garage doors can also improve the energy efficiency of your home, which is a huge benefit.

  • Walkway

Replacing your walkway with tiles or pavers, or simply sprucing it up with new lighting fixtures or potted flowers can do wonders for the curb appeal of your home. If your walkway is in need of some updates, this is an easy way to add charm.

  • Landscape Design

Landscape design can be a pricier exterior home improvement project, but it can also give your home the most ‘wow’ factor. Whether you simply clean up your yard by laying down new mulch or go as far as re-doing your entire landscape design, this will help emphasize a wide variety of features or characteristics of your yard.

  • Windows and Shutters

Updating windows and shutters can make a big impact on the way your home exterior looks. Updated windows can also add to the energy efficiency of your home, which is great for resale value.

  • Planters

If a landscape design overhaul isn’t in your budget, placing planter pots filled with greenery or colorful flowers on your porch or along your walkway can give it a boost of charm. Give the exterior of your home some character with seasonal flowers.

  • Clean It Up

A general clean-up of your exterior, including yard maintenance, power washing and replacing anything that looks worse for wear can go a long way! Don’t underestimate the power of general cleaning up of your home’s exterior or added curb appeal.

Center Island Contracting is your local contractor of choice for home remodels on the north shore of Nassau county, Long Island in towns like Oyster Bay, Manhasset, Plainview, Jericho, etc. Our qualified team is here to help you renovate the home of your dreams. With the knowledge about local and New York State laws, our staff can answer all your questions and streamline the entire process. Email us or call (516) 481-4707.