3 Surprising Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Everyone knows that kitchens sell houses, but there are other upgrades that you can do to increase the value of your home for resale. You might be surprised to learn that three involve the exterior of your house.

Outdoor Living Space

People are spending more time at home and enjoying their backyards. Adding a deck or patio is a great way to increase value and impress prospective buyers. Outdoor entertaining is gaining in popularity. Buyers are looking for spaces with outdoor kitchens and patio conversation sets. Outdoor spaces that can be seen as an extension of an indoor family or great room are especially enticing.

Garage Door

Upgrading the garage door adds value to your everyday routine (think about how many times a day you open and close the garage door). It also brings great curb appeal. The garage door is one of the first things that buyers see and can make or break the deal. Even slight damage to a garage door can allow outside air in, which can increase heating and cooling costs for your house. Surprisingly, a new garage door yields one the highest returns on investment when you sell your house.


Manufactured stone veneer is another way to boost the curb appeal of your home, and you don’t need a lot to make an impact. You could replace the bottom third of your current siding along the front of the house or use it to enhance the front entrance. Stone veneer has several advantages. It is lightweight, durable and maintenance-free. It is also less expensive than natural stone. However, it is more expensive than vinyl and other siding options. You might want to check with a local realtor to see if this would be a good investment in your area.

If you are in the market to sell your house, consider any or all of these options and then sit back and wait for the offers to start rolling in.

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