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The Impact of Exterior Home Improvements on Your Home's Resale Value

Fran Beaulieu

April 19, 2024

Enhancing the exterior of your home not only boosts its curb appeal but can also significantly increase its resale value. Whether you're considering selling your home soon or in the future, understanding which improvements can offer the best return on investment (ROI) is key. Below, we explore various exterior upgrades and their impact on a home's market value, supported by data and examples.

Curb Appeal: First Impressions Count

Curb appeal creates the first impression potential buyers have of your home. An attractive, well-maintained exterior can make or break a sale before the front door even opens. Here are some improvements that can enhance your home's curb appeal:

  • Landscaping: The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) states that investing in landscaping can yield an ROI of up to 150%. Simple additions like mulch, flowers, and shrubbery can make a significant difference.
  • Front Door: A report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) suggests that replacing an old front door with a new steel or fiberglass door can recover 75% of the cost upon resale.
  • Siding: Updating or replacing siding can have a massive impact. According to the 2020 Cost vs. Value Report, vinyl siding replacement offers a 74.7% ROI.
  • New Roof: Adding a new roof not only improves the appearance and structural integrity of your home but also serves as a significant selling point. It helps to increase buyer confidence. The 2019 Remodeling Impact Report from the NAR highlights that homeowners who replace their roof can expect to recover 107% of the investment, making it a highly valuable exterior improvement.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Eco-friendly exterior improvements are not only good for the environment but also attractive to today's homebuyers, potentially increasing your home's value by:

  • Solar Panels: Although the initial installation cost can be high, solar panels can significantly reduce utility bills and may increase home value by up to 4.1%, according to Zillow.
  • Energy-Efficient Windows: ENERGY STAR estimates that replacing single-pane windows with energy-efficient models can save homeowners between $101–$583 annually in utility costs, with a potential ROI of 68–74%.

Outdoor Living Spaces: Extending the Indoors Outside

Creating functional outdoor living areas can significantly boost your home's resale value. These spaces offer additional room for entertainment, relaxation, and enjoyment.

  • Decks and Patios: The NAR's 'Remodeling Impact Report' indicates that adding a deck can yield a 69% ROI, making it a worthwhile investment for homeowners looking to enhance outdoor living space.
  • Outdoor Kitchens: While more costly, outdoor kitchens can offer a substantial ROI. The American Institute of Architects notes that outdoor kitchens can yield a return of 100–200%, depending on the market and the quality of the installation.

Fencing: Privacy and Security

A well-built fence can add to the aesthetic appeal of your property while providing privacy and security, which is highly valued by homeowners. The ROI for fencing varies greatly depending on the material and design but can be as high as 50–70% according to the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Driveway and Walkway Upgrades

Upgrading your driveway and walkways can enhance accessibility and improve the overall look of your property. Concrete paver driveways, for example, can offer an ROI of 50–75%, as noted by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

Boost Your Home's Value from the Outside In: Make the First Impression Count with Smart Exterior Upgrades.

Investing in exterior home improvements can substantially increase your home's resale value. By focusing on enhancements that boost curb appeal, improve energy efficiency, extend outdoor living spaces, and ensure structural integrity with upgrades like a new roof, homeowners can attract more buyers and achieve a higher sale price. It's essential to consider the cost of these upgrades against the potential increase in home value to ensure the best return on investment.

Ready to enhance your home's exterior? Contact PBHI for all your exterior home improvement needs, including windows, doors, siding, decking, porch work, and more. Let's transform your home together!

 

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