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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97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Houzz

Everybody knows that first impressions are everything, and that’s true for our homes too. If the front of your house doesn’t look great, people will assume the inside doesn’t either. To get you inspired to spruce up your home’s curb appeal, here’s an epic roundup of gorgeous exteriors organized by style.   

 Craftsman Style

1. Contemporary Craftsman

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Magnolia Market

2. Turquoise and Brick Beauty

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: Home Bunch

3. Gray With Gardens

97 Homes With Major Curb Appeal
Photo: This Old House

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Eye Candy: 10 Dark Painted Exteriors

Have you ever considered dark paint when painting your home’s exterior?  Here are ten amazing homes that showcase dark paint as a worthy choice for your home’s exterior. 

 1. The above photo’s dark gray exterior is lightened up with a medium-toned wood stain and brushed nickel hardware.

Roundup: Dark Painted Exterior

2. The black paint, pulled from the black in the brick, makes this little house stand out among the bigger structures around it.

Roundup: Dark Painted Exterior

3. The black house with a black trim is lightened up with all the landscape and greenery around it. Continue Reading

Curb Appeal Makeovers

created at: 05/10/2010

Your house should put forth a tasteful first impression, both for your enjoyment, as well as what a prospective buyer sees. Whether it’s the front door, the front step, the front yard or the overall front of the house, we can become blind to its’ faults, and that may necessitate an objective opinion. As much as it may hurt, a little curb appeal consultation may be worth more than making a good first impression, it may make the difference between a drive-by, or a look-see. Continue Reading

20 Ways to Boost Your Curb-ly Appeal

BHG has a list of 20 great ways to boost your curb appeal. They’ve even catagorized them into projects that can be accomplished in a day, week or even month.

In a day:

  1. Create a symmetrical entryway by adding sidelights and containers filled with flowers.
  2. Replace old hardware like house numbers and lockset.
  3. Punch up your front door with a fresh coat of colorful paint and polish the door fixtures.
  4. Replace your mailbox or dress up the one you already have with a new coat of stain or paint to match the color of your house.
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