Simple Exterior Upgrades that Add Value

By Jill Wuertz, Bayer Built Woodworks Product Manager

Instantly increase your home’s value and curb appeal instantly with these 6 easy upgrades.

1. Exterior Lighting

Updating your exterior lighting is an easy item to check off your to-do list. Illuminating your outdoor space can help make your home welcoming to guests. The wide variety of finishes and styles available will also add character to your exterior during day light hours.

2. New Mailbox

Replace your tired old mailbox with an updated USPS approved mail box. Go for a traditional mailbox in a durable finish or select a custom design that complements your architectural style.

3. New House Numbers

Even though house numbers are required, there is no law requiring them to be dull. House numbers are an easy way to inject your personality into the exterior of your home. After a quick check of necessary height and width requirements for your neighborhood, start searching for the right finish, style or font to suit your home. Modern stainless steel, classic block numbers or custom tile will help guests.

4. Lawn Ornaments

Most people cringe at the thought of lawn ornaments, but if done tastefully there are many options that will add instant character of your home. An elaborate bird house in the same architectural style as your home or a bronze plate with your house number placed appropriately in the yard will help you add finishing touches to your yard.

5. Exterior Door

An easy way to add instant value and character to your home is to update your exterior doors. Select from the many Energy Star door units available and you will also save on your energy bill.

6. Landscape Upkeep

Is the yard looking a little more like Miss Havisham’s garden and a little less like a spread from Better Homes’ and Garden? A kept yard, with maintained shrubs and cheerful flowers add instant curb appeal. Your yard doesn’t need to be loaded with ornate shrubs or tropical flowers, keeping things simple and neat is more important.