Woo-hoo! It’s summer! The best time to work outside! Except not because global warming is actually a thing and it’s getting hotter and hotter. Like 90 degrees at 8 in the morning hot. That’s too hot. Aside from our mortal peril at the hands of man’s disregard for nature, let’s discuss a few ways you can add value to your home on the exterior front. Afterall, it is the first thing folks see when they come to visit (or are looking to buy). Here are the best updates that will increase your curb appeal along with the overall value.

Landscaping

Starting at the actual curb, reconfiguring your landscaping will bring about an estimated Full Return on the investment at resale. Not only that, but if you include plans to drought-proof (which can be done without sacrificing beauty) you’ll save money and resources by using less water to maintain it. Included in all of this is the peace and serenity you’ll feel when you come home to a beautiful new garden. Good for mind, body, and soul.

Front Door/Entryway

This can mean a few things. Completely reconfiguring – or adding – a patio/porch, including your door, or just a simple swap from and old to new door. New doors by themselves price in the $1,500 – $2,000 range, but you’ll be able to recoup 75% of the investment. Not only that, you’ll save a little money and energy by investing in an Energy Star rated door to seal in that crisp, cool air during the hot summer days. An estimated 35% of heating/air is lost through old doors and windows.

You can also replace your garage doors and recoup roughly 98% of the investment. 

Facing/Siding

Speaking of savings with heating and air, upgrading your home’s facing can increase the insulation of your home as well as change its visual aesthetic. Certain types of facing perform better in certain climates and regions. Pick the best fit for your climate and you can expect a return in the neighborhood of 95%. 

Patios/Decks

All the way in the back, you’ve got the option to build a patio or deck for optimum entertaining throughout the spring, summer, and fall. But which do you choose? Whatever works best with your house and the land it’s on. Both options will bring a return between 70% and 80%. Not only that, you can host parties or simply enjoy the outdoors with leisure and a little luxury. 

Fire Pits

Wonderful additions to any backyard, fire pits keep the party going even when it gets cold. Whether you’re roasting marshmallows with the kids, letting the party slip comfortably into the twilight hour, or enjoying a good book and a glass of wine at the end of a long week, fire pits are a relaxing backyard feature you can enjoy while also adding value to your home at resale, recouping almost 70%. 

So go ahead. Treat yourself (and your house) to a little face lift.