Exterior Design Trends to Boost a Property’s Curb Appeal

Your property’s curb appeal will affect how people view you and can shift the value of your home as a whole. Design trends come and go, but in 2022 there are some that can make permanent positive changes to your property.

These are some of the top exterior design trends that will boost your curb appeal!

Updated Roof and Gutters

Although a roof can last for thirty to fifty years, its age will quickly become apparent by the time it needs to be replaced. This can show through sagging, discoloration, leaking, curled shingles, and even active plant growth. Updating your roof can take years off of your home’s appearance, and clearing and maintaining the gutters will go along with this.

This swap is expensive but getting it done has an extremely high return on investment that makes the high cost worth it. 

Fantastic Drainage

One in every six houses in America is at risk of flooding within the next ten years. This is a huge selection of properties, and buyers are being more cautious than ever before.  If you know your home has a problem with standing water, it’s time to stop and work on that.

Adding landscape drainage grates ensures that you don’t have to worry about debris and leaves stopping your drains from running smoothly.

You should also consider creating a rain garden! These gardens are made of plants that are capable of handling any kind of weather and are able to keep the water sucked down deeper into the ground itself. Beyond this, they keep your soil in place to avoid any unfortunate slippage. 

Spaces to Enjoy the Outdoors

Americans are enjoying the outdoors more than ever before. We appreciate the chance to get fresh air and enjoy the sunlight, but many properties still aren’t set up for the best outdoor enjoyment.

Consider adding a deck!  Not only does this create a unique space that’s built for entertaining and showing off your exterior, but it’s also a predictable and safe space to sit, regardless of the last time you mowed the lawn! Make sure to use polyurethane for decks to seal it, and add some guard rails to keep people safe from falling.

High-Contrast Paint

From the black and white houses of early 2022: high-contrast homes are making a big splash in the world of home design. People want homes that are eye-catching while also sticking to colors that buyers would appreciate.

Before you pick your paint, make sure that whatever rain-screen siding you have will work with it and that your HOA allows the colors. There’s been an uptick in HOA lawsuits in recent years, and it’s a good idea to avoid getting fined as much as possible.

Interesting Driveways

Driveways are a detail that many homeowners overlook, despite the fact that we interact with them every day. Although the bare minimum is to ensure your driveway is free of stains or cracks, there’s more you can do!

Patterned and faux-brick driveways are becoming incredibly popular. Not only do these driveways come pre-cracked, so you don’t have to worry about them messing up at some point, but they’re also visually appealing and unique. 

This depends on where your property is, of course. If you’re in an area where you have to drive five minutes from the start to the end of your driveway, a crush-and-run driveway could clearly be a better choice. 

Windows That Protect Privacy

Windows are a big deal in curb appeal and have been for years. Homeowners are taking another step and are choosing windows that are able to be both attractive and safer for their families.

Tinder windows on the exterior of homes are quickly becoming a big choice for homeowners and shoppers, especially those that live in more populated areas. Inside your home, the windows will look clear and gorgeous and welcome tons of natural light, but from the outside, the reflective surface stops people from seeing in. They’ll still look beautiful and sleek but are far more secure.

Exterior Lighting

Why put in all of this work if your home’s only going to be enjoyed for half of the day? With exterior lighting, you create a property in a spotlight, where everyone can look at how gorgeous your property is, 24/7. 

Beyond being beautiful, exterior lighting also gives you the chance to boost security. No burglar wants to commit a crime under a spotlight, and by shining a light on your home’s exterior at night, this is the experience you’re setting criminals up for. This added security and curb appeal is a big pull for buyers.

Every Home Can Stun

If you’re willing to put in some work and patience, there’s nothing holding you back from creating a home that will stun and wow anyone who sees it. Take the time to invest in these updates, and wow everyone who sees your home.

Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise on real estate. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and researching real estate trends in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisors, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.

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