What Adds the Most Resale Value? It’s Curb Appeal

As last year’s Curbly House renovation project demonstrated, a truly impressive curb appeal upgrade is the surest way to increase a home’s resale value. The front exterior of the home makes the most dramatic first impression, and that first impression will translate to a buyer’s perception of the interior as well. Here’s a before and after from our project:

This article from Clopay on how to increase home value just confirms what we’ve learned anecdotally:

Clopay showed realtors before and after images of different homes featuring a variety of garage door styles ranging in price from inexpensive to high-end.

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18 Instagram Accounts to Follow if You’re Obsessed with House Exteriors


Who to follow on Instagram if houses are your jam!

When it comes to people, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. When it comes to houses, the outside can be pretty impressive too! Here at Curbly we love a good-lookin’ exterior, so we’re sharing with you a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow if you love the look of a beautiful home. From mansions to tiny houses, old and new alike – we’ve got you covered.       


Follow These Home Exterior Insta Accounts | No. 1: Patticake Wagner

1. Patticake Wagner: Starting with a local to the Twin Cities, Patti strolls around Minneapolis finding the cutest and classiest houses on the block. Continue Reading

Check Out What a Difference a Fresh Coat of Paint Made on this Boring Old House

Exterior home makeover before

Do you remember the original Curbly House? It's probably inaccurate to call it that. Because we rarely wrote about it, and even more rarely posted photos of it. It was our first home, the one Bruno bought in college, shared with roommates, and later with me. It was the house we brought both of our children home to (though our youngest only slept there for 10 days before we moved him to his new nursery). It's a sweet little house that holds some of our sweetest memories. Continue Reading

10 Quick Exterior Curb Appeal Fixes to Mask the Ugly Unchangeables

Do you have something about your home’s exterior you just can’t stand? Maybe you dream of a complete exterior overhaul, but the financial reality of the renovation makes your unappealing exterior completely unchangeable (at least for now). The good news is you might not need to change everything. Maybe all you need is a few simple additions or changes. Here are ten curb appeal updates you can do to help down play what is unappealing, or make the unchangeable something you love.    Continue Reading

Eye Candy: 8 Fabulous Front Porches

created at: 04/10/2012

I have always been a front porch kind of girl. I love watching the world go by, waving to the neighbors and feeling inadequate as joggers run by. Today we look at 8 front porches I would gladly perch on. If any of them are yours, don’t be surprised to find me sitting there someday!

updated front porch


This traditional porch from Martha Stewart is nicely updated with black accents, a modern steel table and a graphic rug. The old fashioned lemonade brings a needed vintage touch. Continue Reading