Curb appeal. It’s all the rage. Ha! It’s always been important. Why? Because first impressions matter. It sets the stage for how you’ll feel when you enter the home. This is why haunted homes during Halloween are decorated with dark colors, have boarded-up windows, dead lawns, and missing floorboards in the stairs and porch.
“According to a study done by Michigan State University, a home with landscaping and effort put into curb appeal can increase perceived home value by 5 to 11%. Curb appeal can also sell a home faster.” Landmark Home Warranty
Why Should I Increase My Home’s Curb Appeal?
When you decide to sell your home, increasing your curb appeal becomes about selling faster, receiving offers above the listing price, and the return on your investment. If you don’t plan to sell in the immediate future, then the purpose of increasing your home’s curb appeal provides hospitality and homeowner pride.
Your home is your solace from the world, your safe place, and your kingdom in many respects. You can’t control the decor at restaurants or your workplace, but when you come home and see a beautifully landscaped yard, a friendly porch, and a clean roof, it’s hard to not feel proud of your investment — and yourself.
Tip 1 – Remodel Your Porch
If your home’s façade doesn’t have a porch, let’s design-build one for you. This is a simple way to create a welcoming area. Include a walkway to the front door, a new door with sidelights, upgraded sconces, and landscaping at the walkway and you’ll fall in love with your home all over again.
Increasing the lighting along the path and on the porch also allows guests to walk up to your home without walking around the vehicles in your driveway as well as help with security. Okay, guests could mean the Amazon delivery person, unless you opt for Key by Amazon.
“Replacing your exterior lighting fixtures is a great way to update your home’s look and make your house look more welcoming. After updating the exterior’s lighting fixtures, make sure to leave the entryway lights on at night to illuminate your yard and keep your home aglow.” ROCKET Mortgage
Tip 2 – Update Your Roof
The average home costs about $7,000 for a new roof and, oftentimes, that cost can be financed as low as 0% interest. Well, you could put it on your Marriott Bonvoy Credit Card and gain some travel points, but we’re not your accountant.
With that said, according to Landmark Home Warranty, updating your roof gains 105% ROI. It seems like protecting your home from water damage while increasing your home’s curb appeal is a win-win.
Tip 3 – Relandscape Your Front Yard
You knew we were going to mention landscaping, didn’t you? That’s because you’ve been thinking about it ever since the neighbors moved in and relandscaped their yards. It’s okay. The best day to start is today. We can add flower beds, trim your trees, and add hardscaping. If you don’t want to spend time watering, we can talk about sprinklers and drip irrigation. Landscaping adds 14% to your home’s resale value and allows your home to sell 6 weeks faster.
“When thinking of an overall plan to attack the outside of your home, whether painting trim, adding flowers boxes, or landscaping the yard, don’t be shy and go for some pops of color and other interesting architectural flourishes that will make your home stand out and be more noticeable from the street.” Best Life
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Are you getting ready to sell your home or would you like to increase your home’s curb appeal? For whatever reason, we’re here for you. Let’s schedule an appointment and talk about your remodel.