Whether it’s the chilly temperatures, the icy precipitation or the short stretches of daylight, winter has its ways to force us indoors for its entire duration. But, as soon as the first ray of spring sunshine breaks through the clouds, we’re once again ready to head outdoors and take advantage of the warmth that comes with the new season.
Because you’ve spent so little time outdoors for the past few months, there’s a good chance the exterior of your home is in need of some love. Not only will you reap the benefits of a spruced up outdoor space, but you’ll be in for an additional treat when you’re ready to sell your home: first impressions matter to buyers, and the way your property looks from the outside is a great chance to knock it out of the park.
So, as soon as the weather changes, you’ll want to get started on the following six projects guaranteed to add to your home’s curb appeal — and bottom line.
Spend a Little to Make More: Six Spring Upgrades That Can Improve Your Home’s Value
1. Add an Outdoor Living Area
One of the best places to enjoy warm weather is on a deck or patio in your backyard. There, you can grill, sunbathe, sip on cold cocktails… the only problem is, your house doesn’t have one.
This spring is the perfect time to get started on a new patio, porch or deck addition to your home. In most cases, you’ll want to enlist the help of a professional to help you level the ground for a patio or build the supports for your raised deck, for example. But you can potentially construct a backyard deck if you have the time and patience for an extra-large DIY project.
2. Manicure Your Landscaping
Potential buyers don’t have to see a marble fountain or shrubbery pruned into animal shapes to know that your home is of top-tier quality. But you should take some time this spring to cultivate and manicure the greenery in your front yard so that it looks as though it’s taken care of — some may take it as a sign that the rest of your home is well-maintained, too.
To get that first impression on point, examine your lawn to see if you need to add any seeds to patchy areas. Pull weeds from any garden beds and add a bit of color for spring with flowers known to grow well during this season.
3. Upgrade Your Garage Door
There’s a good chance you’ve never considered the possibility of changing out your garage door, but doing so can completely revamp the look and feel of your home’s exterior — perhaps that’s why this project is known for providing a healthy return on investment. On top of that, your investment could cost $5,000 or less.
Even if you’re not replacing your garage door to attract buyers, it’s still a smart update to make. A sturdier door can block drafts to keep home heating and cooling indoors, thus saving you money over time. Did we mention that it looks great, too?
4. Replace Aging Siding
When a potential buyer arrives at your property and notices outdated or aging siding, they start to see dollar signs and work in their future. In other words, they’ll be put off from purchasing your home if there’s visible work required.
This spring is the time to give your home a fresh layer of siding. There are plenty of types of siding to choose, each with their own benefits: for example, wood siding is known to be the most aesthetically pleasing, but the elements can damage it. Choose the right style for the climate in which your home stands, and you won’t have to worry about replacing it again for a long time in the future.
5. Install New Windows
A new set of windows can seriously boost the look of your home, especially if its old panes were dingy or damaged. But it’s not just about aesthetics when you perform this home renovation project — there’s a reason it’s one of the home-improvement projects known to pay off.
If your home’s in a big city, windows are the key to showing off the view from your perch — in other words, the bigger, the better. And, in colder climates, buyers will want thicker, well-insulated windows that prevent drafts from slipping in and heating from seeping out. If you need any more incentive for an installation, new windows now mean you’ll have them just in time to block summer heat from interfering with your air-conditioning schedule.
6. Schedule an Exterior Spring Cleaning
You may have already done your due diligence, cleaning your home’s interior after spending so much time inside throughout winter. Don’t stop your spring cleaning there, though: a spring cleaning of the exterior is the icing on the cake of your curb appeal crusade.
Your best bet is hiring someone to power-wash the front of your home, as well as your driveway and sidewalk(s) if the concrete has started looking worn. You’ll be amazed at what a high-pressure stream of water can do to transform the look of your property: with everything looking clean again, you’re ready to take the pictures that’ll be used to sell your home.
Spend a Little, Earn a Lot
Depending on the home improvement project(s) you choose to perform, you could make a small investment that reaps big rewards when it’s time to sell your home. Even if you are spending big, remember that you and your family will enjoy it and it will entice future buyers. That’s a win-win that everyone should get behind this spring.
What upgrades are on your to-do list this spring?
Kacey Bradley is the lifestyle and travel blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she frequently writes for sites like US Travel News, Thought Catalog, Style Me Pretty, Tripping.com and more!