Curb appeal is a thing. Especially in real estate. Any realtor will tell you that maintaining the outwards appearance of your home should be top priority for luring potential buyers inside. Many people, unfortunately, judge a book by its cover. But it isn’t just applicable to whether or not you’re in the real estate game. What you see when you return home from a long day at the office should be a welcoming sight to behold. For some inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite exterior updates for your house.

Big Picture

Go big or go home, right? If you want to take on a large project that will dramatically change the first impression of your home, tackle the exterior walls of your actual house. Refacing with a stone veneer is a simple way to go from plain and boring to opulent and exciting. If your home’s exterior is made of a paintable material such as stucco or brick, you can pick a new color that shakes things up at a much lower cost than veneer. 

What’s Up Top

Updating your roof, especially if it has any structural issues, is another way to not only change the look of your house, but also increase its value. There are a variety of material options you could choose, from a Spanish style clay tile, to standard shingles. This could also be your chance to go green and add solar panels or a solar Tesla roof. If you want something with more beauty but equal environmental buffs, go green in the literal sense with a green roof. It’ll improve the beauty of the house while also beefing up your insulation and sequestering carbon.

Window Accents

If you’re looking for an even smaller investment that packs a punch, treating your windows to some new accessories will do the trick. Adding awnings to your windows not only create a burst of color and add texture, but they provide shade which can help lower your cooling costs. Shutters come in a variety of styles and can be painted or stained to be as sophisticated or shabby chic as your house. Window boxes add dimension and create biodiversity with beautiful blooms adorning them. 

Doors

Updating your front and garage doors can increase property value, enhance the curb appeal, and help you save money on heating and cooling costs. Replacing your front door and storm door will include new weather stripping that will help lock in your home’s heating and air. A new matching set is a subtle yet effective change for your home. 

Walk And Driveways

Some simple hardscaping will bring some much needed improvement to your home. If there are cracks or bald spots in your cement or pebble driveways it takes away from the rest of the home. Installing a new driveway with interlocking pavers marries function with form as these types of driveways are durable and design oriented, locking together to create an appealing pattern. Walkways don’t need the strength of interlocking pavers, but they can always benefit from an interesting design of cleverly placed pavers. 

If switching things up in the perennials you plant isn’t doing it for you, consider any of these options to bring your exterior from drab to fab.