5 Exterior Home Improvements that Increase Resale Value for 2019

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Curb appeal is king when it comes to resale value. That means your home’s exterior needs to be in optimal condition to avoid leaving money on the table in a sale.  By the numbers, 80% of prospective buyers say a homes’ curb appeal is an important (if not the most important) factor in their buying decisions.

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before and after

Even if you are not selling, these are safe, great places to put money on your home’s exterior for 2019.  

  1. Replace your dated front door.  This is the focal point of your home!  Cheap, unsightly doors rob you of curb appeal.  If you can’t afford to replace, either paint or refinish a wood door.  An energy efficient door can save you 10% on energy bills.  A new door will also add a layer of security, but best of all, doors return OVER 100% of investment!  No brainer!  At brick&batten, we use Dallas Door Designs for our clients’ custom front door needs.  
  2. Update your landscaping.  We have written countless blogs on this topic.  While we don’t pretend to be master landscape architects, we CAN tell you that a general, organized landscape with color and layers will transform your curb appeal.  At brick&batten, we help clients see what a house can look like when this is addressed.  Landscaping can assist with accentuating your home’s strong points and camouflaging the shortcomings.  This is an easy, relatively inexpensive way to make the most of your home’s curb appeal.  Landscape returns 100% of investment…no brainer!  
  3. Painting the exterior.  A fresh coat of paint can make an old house look brand new.  It hides imperfections and brings an exterior to life.  Consequently, choosing color can be a daunting task and one that creates a lot of indecision.  Our clients know that using undertones in the fixed elements around your home is the key to cohesive design.  You can’t ignore things like your roof color, stone work, brick and even your driveway.  All of these fixed elements can play a role in how you perceive color.  In addition, the direction your house faces and how much shade you get is impactful on color.  Consequently, this is an exterior task worth doing for resale.  
  4. Lighting: Lighting on the exterior can become dated just like fixtures on the interior.  This is often neglected, but can have a huge impact on curb appeal.  With 80% of buyers focused on the exterior…it’s not a good idea to ignore this easy fix.  
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We’d love to partner with you on a virtual exterior design that will address all of these home improvements and make the most of your home’s curb appeal.  Contact us today and let’s get started!