Whether you’re preparing to sell or just want a refresh, improving the curb appeal of your home is an excellent investment.

The view from the curb sets the tone for your home as a whole. A beautiful, thoughtfully maintained exterior is inviting and makes folks want to see more. It’s also welcoming for guests and potential buyers.

HGTV’s series Curb Appeal provides great ideas for how to make the most of your home’s appearance. Each episode features real homeowners and a crew of experts who go to work, transforming outdated and boring homes with stunning makeovers.

You may not have the time or the budget for such grand designs, but you can make significant improvements with these curb appeal ideas.

Upgrade your front door with paint and hardware.

Your front door is vitally important to your home’s curb appeal. It is the entryway to your home and the exterior feature of your home that guests and buyers will interact with most closely. But the front door is surprisingly easy for homeowners to overlook, especially when it’s not used regularly.

You can have a lot of fun upgrading your door. Bright, whimsical colors are trendy for front doors these days and easily catch the eye of anyone driving by. New hardware adds shine and security, and a fresh doormat is welcoming and fun. Colorful flowers or potted plants are excellent, affordable enhancements.

Update the landscaping (or just mow the lawn).

Lawn care is especially important in the suburbs, where lawns are prominent and signal to your buyer how well you maintain your home. So it’s essential to pay attention to how your yard looks.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire yard to increase your curb appeal. A little strategic landscaping such as new shrubs, fresh flowers, and a water feature can make for an impressive-looking home. But don’t overlook the basic lawn care tips. Mow the lawn, pull the weeds, and neaten up with a trimmer or edger, and you’ve already made a difference.

Make your backyard truly special with a pergola.

Ok, this may not apply to curb appeal directly, but a backyard should have special appeal too. Adding a pergola creates interest, beauty, and function to an otherwise average backyard.  It’s like adding another room to your house where you can gather with friends and family or just enjoy a peaceful moment and some fresh air.

Pergolas are especially popular here in Texas, so you can count on a prospective buyer or Real Estate Agent to see a pergola as a big draw or even a dealbreaker. A functional outdoor space is extra valuable in a warm climate like ours, so adding one to your home is an ideal investment for both curb appeal and daily living.

Refresh the exterior with TEX•COTE® COOLWALL®.

It may seem obvious, but your home’s finish is crucial to curb appeal. Shabby, peeling, or faded paint simply won’t do. A fresh coat of paint and siding are fine, but there are better options, such as exterior coating.

TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® lasts longer and resists moisture and fading better than traditional paint, giving you that “freshly painted” appearance for a long time. In addition, TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® uses military-grade technology to reflect heat away from your home and cut down on cooling costs. The result is a more attractive, more energy-efficient home, both of which are appealing to prospective buyers.

 

Change out your windows.

Just like your front door, your windows connect your home to the outside world. Old, outdated windows don’t make for a particularly inspiring look, and they often do a poor job insulating your home. New windows make your home look crisp, fresh, and inviting.

Windows are a long-term investment, so do your homework when choosing. Consider energy-efficient windows, which can reduce your heating and cooling bill for years to come and make your home more comfortable.

Having a nice, clean exterior gives potential buyers the confidence they need to put in an offer on your home. With a bit of research and some planning, you can make a smart investment in your home’s curb appeal.