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Curb appeal ideas to help refresh the exterior of your home

Eager to spruce up the front of your home? A few simple touches could improve your home’s curb appeal.

A home's exterior can mean everything for that crucial first impression. And if it's not a good one, you might want to improve or create some curb appeal. Do it for yourself and the people that live with you — or for potential buyers if you plan on selling. But even if you're not selling, keeping up the lawn, landscaping and facade is an important part of being a good neighbor.

Tips on how to increase curb appeal

Front and garage door

Something as simple as cleaning your front exterior door and garage door can help improve the look of the home. You could also consider giving them a fresh coat of paint or replacing them entirely. A new front door looks impressive, plus it can almost pay for itself in added resale value according to the Remodeling 2022 Cost vs. Value Report.


Try to choose landscaping options that enhance the house, not hide it. Use curb appeal landscaping to highlight features like a home's symmetry or a pathway. Consider choosing fire-resistant plants to help prevent the spread of fire to your property. As a bonus, these plants are often drought tolerant too. Keep all plants manicured and trimmed. You can also add color and contrast to your landscaping by replacing mulch in your flower beds and other sections of your yard.

Windows and siding

Cleaning your home's windows can help improve the curb appeal. Though expensive, updating siding and windows is a great way to add value to a home. And if you're selling your home, consider removing the screens for extra shine.

Front porch

A front porch can be a key selling point. If you have one, keep the porch floor and railings in good condition. You could try incorporating a pop of color by adding pillows and comfortable outdoor furniture to help make the porch more inviting. Consider easy-to-maintain landscaping, potted planters near the front stairs or some mounted flower boxes.

Preserve character

Maintain or bring your home's exterior back to its original aesthetic to highlight its features. For example, freshen up siding with period-appropriate paint colors or add a fence.

Outdoor lighting

In addition to being an effective security feature, exterior lights can also give your home a dramatic and attractive look at night. If you are replacing existing light fixtures, look for some that have the same mounting system. That way it can be easier and more affordable for you to replace them.

Fix what's broken or run down

Repair cracks in sidewalks, the driveway and masonry. Patching can be an affordable alternative to a complete resurfacing job. If your mailbox looks old or in poor condition, consider replacing it. Even a fresh coat of paint to the post might help spruce it up.

Paint the exterior and trim

Painting or re-painting exterior or trim of a home is a relatively simple improvement that pumps up the curb appeal.

House numbers

Replacing your house numbers is an easy way to increase curb appeal. Many hardware stores have different options, and within varying budgets. You can also consider doing a DIY display.

Exterior cleaning

Use a pressure washer to clean your driveway, sidewalk and the front of the house. Remember to check the pressure washer owner’s manual to use it correctly, and wear protective gear like safety goggles and work boots when using a washer.

Your home’s curb appeal might increase if you decide to tackle one or more of these tips. And if you are considering doing some additional work around the house, take a look at these ideas for appliance maintenance or learn how to safely clean your gutters.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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