With more of us spending time outdoors in the great Pacific Northwest and the fresh air, we're starting to put a little bit more emphasis on outdoor upgrades and exterior home improvements. With your planning on selling your Portland or Vancouver home or just want to impress the neighbors, here are 10 of the best outdoor upgrades to make to your home.

#1. Manufactured stone veneer.

Manufactured stone veneer is a beautiful addition to the backyard and is as beautiful as natural stone but it's technically a faux stone or manufactured stone made of man-made materials designed to replicate the look of natural stone. You can use it in a variety of architectural applications such as exterior façades, lighting pillars, rock walls, and retaining walls and steps. They can be used in a variety of applications and it really creates a unique look for the backyard.

The 10 Best Outdoor Upgrades to Make To Your Home

#2. Garage door replacement.

An average garage door replacement is about $3600 yet it can really add a striking addition to the front of your home and your curb appeal. There are a variety of different styles and designs for garage doors these days from beautiful dark wood to a contrasting color from your house, windows, and even intricate details, scrolls, and carvings. Homeowners see about a 94% rate of return when adding in a different or unique garage door.

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#3. Fiber cement siding replacement.

If your siding is looking old and weathered, you might consider replacing it with fiber cement siding. This long-lasting and durable material can last up to 50 years and it's termite resistant, water-resistant, and noncombustible. It needs to be painted every 5 to 6 years depending on the topcoat but unlike wood, will definitely last a lot longer. An average price to replace siding on your house is about $17,000 with a 78% rate of return.

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