4 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Home’s Exterior

September 10, 2020

A custom home allows you to get what you want inside and out. Getting the interior of your home right is a lot easier when every detail is designed and built to suit your needs. The same is true for the exterior of your home. Here are a few easy ways to upgrade your home’s exterior whether you’re trying to sell your current home or are thinking about what you want in a custom home:

1. Make Sure the Front Door Looks Good

The front door can have a big effect on the first impression of your home, so make sure it’s a good one. Plus, it welcomes you home every day and is one of the first things that guests see when they visit.

A quality door looks great and also protects your home. If it’s damaged in any way, cracked, or the paint is faded or peeling, it can really detract from your home’s appearance. Not to mention, there is a potential security issue and also energy loss that comes with an old or damaged door.

If the door needs to be replaced, then it’s important to replace it with a high-quality entry door that will last. If the door is still in great condition, a fresh coat of paint or switching to a new, bold color can make a big difference to your home’s exterior. You can also add some front door decor for a personal touch.

2. Create a Welcoming Front Porch

In addition to a fantastic front door, you can also create a welcoming front porch to upgrade your home’s exterior. There are several front porch styles. Although your porch style may affect what you can do and how much, there are still plenty of options to add some decor, create a display, or add flowers to your porch.

If you have room, you can add a bench and also create a seasonal display. Pumpkins, gourds, corn stalks, etc. can make a great display for the fall. A sled or wagon can easily become part of a winter display for some winter outdoor decor ideas while rain boots, baskets of flowers, and more can create something fun for the spring or summer. Even just a couple of flowers or plants and a wreath or sign on the door can help create a welcoming front porch.

3. Improve Your Landscaping

The landscaping and hardscaping leading up to and around your home also have a big effect on its appearance and curb appeal. Hardscaping, like driveways and walkways, can help enhance the front of your home while patios, walkways, and other things can help enhance your backyard.

In addition to a nice driveway and a gorgeous walkway, you can also upgrade your home’s exterior with the lawn grass, plants, etc. you include in the rest of your landscaping. If you have trees in your yard, you can add a few of the best plants for under trees to highlight them. By starting off with a good foundation and cleaning up what you have, you can make sure your landscaping is neat, tidy, and helping your home look great.

4. Add the Right Lighting

Just as lighting is essential for creating the right look and feel for rooms inside your home, the right lighting outside of your home is also important. Adding the right outdoor lighting options or even just changing out the fixtures for the ones you have can help to seriously upgrade your home’s exterior.

If you have a walkway, you can use outdoor recessed lights or small post lights to illuminate it as it gets closer to the front porch. You can also add recessed lights or ceiling fixtures to the ceiling of your front porch if it is a larger style or is a wrap-around porch. Plus, there are a ton of different styles for wall sconces and other lighting fixtures that can easily upgrade your exterior entryway.

These are just a few easy ways to upgrade your home’s exterior. Exterior home upgrades can help increase curb appeal to help you sell your current home and they can also provide some direction for what will look great on a custom home. If you’re ready to start bringing your dream home to life, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!