“Curb appeal.” You hear that phrase tossed around quite frequently in the real estate world, but what does it actually mean and why is it important? Quite simply, curb appeal is the overall level of attractiveness your home offers from a street view; it’s the very first thing buyers will notice when they lay eyes on your home for the first time. Hence, your home’s curb appeal is extremely important for boosting your home’s overall worth. Curb appeal doesn’t just apply to reselling your home, either. We believe that everyone should put love and care into their home so they can enjoy their space no matter when they decide to move.
To increase your home’s curb appeal, make a good first impression or just fall in love with your space even more, a fresh home remodel may be just the extra care your home needs.
Curb Appeal Basics: Dress Your Home for Success
Your home’s curb appeal includes much more than how short and neat your grass is cut, how shiny and slick your asphalt driveway is, or how well your front porch furniture matches. So many aspects of your exterior, like your siding, window features, roof, even sidewalks (hence, curb appeal!) play a major role in the overall appearance and condition of your home. There are simple, easy and affordable steps you can take to give your exterior a boost, such as trimming the line where your grass meets the sidewalk, tending to your flower beds or adding some outdoor lighting for ambiance. However, know that some of the most valuable investments for boosting your curb appeal are the long-term ones.
Redoing your siding if it has seen better days, adding a custom front porch to an otherwise bare entryway, or replacing a roof with cracks, discoloration or missing shingles can mean all the difference. If you don’t believe us, just look at the numbers: there’s a reason 94% of real estate professionals suggest that sellers improve their curb appeal before putting their home up for sale. In this digital age, 87% of home buyers say they rely on photos when searching for a house online.
Even if you do not intend to move right away, putting the extra elbow grease into improving your home’s exterior can dramatically increase your feelings about your space. A beautiful home is a loved home, and homeowners deserve a space that serves them whether they intend to move in five months or five years.
Final Touches: Create an Interior That Drives it Home
You’ve done it. You’ve finally touched up the siding that needed a refresh, cleaned those dirty window shutters and redid your landscaping; now you have the neat and tidy, cohesive exterior that perfectly represents your home’s worth. But, does your interior enthrall you just as much as your brand new exterior does?
We know how tedious or overwhelming home remodels can feel, especially when projects upon projects seem to continue piling up. But, just as exterior remodels are important for curb appeal, interior remodels are crucial to really drive home a sale, if you are choosing to sell. Consider the most popular resell renovations with the most bang for your buck. If your outdated kitchen still feels cramped and inaccessible, redoing your cabinetry and installing a new island might be the selling point for your prospective buyers. Specifically, sellers who redo their kitchens before selling their home can potentially gain back over 80% of the total cost and increase their chances of a sale; everyone wants a shiny, new kitchen when looking for a home! Additionally, building a backyard deck can be a feasible renovation that can really increase your home’s value and wow potential buyers.
Even if you don’t intend to move for years, or at all, a fresh interior renovation adds infinite value for you and your family. While renovating your kitchen or adding a new backyard deck can add tangible, monetary value to your home if and when you sell in the future, it also adds the intangible value of enjoying and loving your home today.
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You’ve heard the common saying, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression.” It turns out that saying applies to your home just as much as it does anything else. It is important to note that you do not just have to remodel when you are intending to sell. Rather, go forth with the interior or exterior remodel of your dreams while you are still enjoying your space—you deserve a home you love regardless of how long you intend to stay there.
The amount that each homeowner or family feels comfortable spending upfront on renovations is highly individualized and varies based on their unique needs. Our team can work with you to determine the best remodeling moves for you to make: contact us today to schedule a consultation!