11 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

These exterior updates will boost curb appeal and increase your home's value when it's time to sell.

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    Upgrade the Front Door

    A new front door instantly enhances your home's appearance, and what's more, it can greatly increase resale value. A recent study by door manufacturer Therma-Tru found that upgrading the front door of a house increased the perceived value of a $190,000 home by almost $8,000. Estimates for new entry doors start around $2,500, so you could actually make back triple the money you spend.

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    Take Care of the Landscaping

    Curb appeal starts with quality landscaping that enhances the style of your home. Landscaping doesn't have to be expensive; only well-thought-out, interesting, and cohesive. Pick a theme for plantings (native, tropical) and stick with it.

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    Install Outdoor Lighting

    Properly planned and installed outdoor lighting can add safety, drama, and interest to your home. Path lighting should also be an integral part of your outdoor lighting plan.

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    Install New Roofing

    A roof can account for 40 percent of a home's look from the curb, so carefully consider what material will best complement your home and attract potential buyers.

    When replacing a roof, it's best to tear off the old roof rather than install a new one over it. Removing the old roof reveals any defects that should be fixed before the new roof is installed.

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    Update Inefficient Windows

    You don't have to put up with drafty rooms. Trade in old, energy-squandering windows for new, high-performance units that swing in for easy cleaning. Windows marked with the Energy Star label can cut your fuel bills by as much as $340 per year over drafty single-pane units, which means major savings for as long as you own your home.

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    Add a Porch

    Front porches are popular once again. They can add great appeal with extra family living space, and a charming porch pulls buyers in. Make sure to get professional design help so your porch doesn't look like an add-on, and check building codes for setback requirements. Also, if you plan to entertain there, make sure your porch is at least 12x24 feet.

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    Update Your Hardware

    Get new house numbers, a new mailbox, and a door latch with the same finish to give your exterior a cohesive, stylish look.

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    Easy Ideas for Landscape Design

    A landscaped yard looks beautiful and boosts curb appeal. Watch this video and learn how to do easy landscape designs in your own yard.

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    Add Flair with Architectural Detail

    When replacing siding, consider adding a few architectural embellishments that will enhance your home's curb appeal: Try adding a small balcony above the front door, decorative shutters and window mullions, or wide moldings around the front and garage doors.

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    Replace Ugly or Damaged Siding

    Refresh your home's exterior with new siding. The most affordable option is vinyl siding. Once a bland material compared to wood, vinyl siding is now available in a wide variety of colors and styles (including scalloped and square-cut shingles), so you're likely to find something that suits both your taste and your budget.

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    Give the Garage a Facelift

    Plain beige or white garage doors are a thing of the past. Today's market offers beautiful alternatives such as carriage doors made of composite materials. Keep what's behind the doors beautiful, too. To tidy up the space, add built-in storage or use cabinets, shelves, or pegboards.

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