They say first impressions are everything, but the expression couldn't ring more true than when it comes to your front door. Even if the interior of your humble abode is stunning, a lackluster or neglected porch will feel unwelcoming to guests and potential buyers. Keller Williams Realtor, Jason Hartman, tells us, "curb appeal is critical for buyers and sellers alike. For buyers, the impression a home gives on the outside impacts whether many will even want to go inside." On the other hand, if you're hoping to get a buyer to bite on your property, he says, "studies have shown curb appeal can increase a home's value by 7% or more."
Great curb appeal may not make someone more inclined to buy your home, but it is guaranteed to get more potential buyers in your door, increasing your buyer pool and ultimately making your home sell for more.
"It seems as though many buyers are willing to remodel the inside of a home without much hesitation, but if they get a negative vibe or feeling upon arrival," Hartman says, "it's not likely they'll want to submit an offer or even go inside." In fact, he shared with us that he's had buyers arrive at a property and express wanting to move on before even entering the home based on the condition of the exterior. So to be sure the outside matches the perfectly curated likes of your living room and bedrooms, we're sharing 15 homes with major curb appeal.
"Great curb appeal may not make someone more inclined to buy your home," admits Amy Owens of Keller Williams in Montclair, NJ, "but it is guaranteed to get more potential buyers in your door, increasing your buyer pool and ultimately making your home sell for more." Whether you're working with full-on landscaping or your budget is limited to a can of paint, here's how to give your front porch the facelift it deserves.
Consider Upping Your Curb-Appeal Budget
"Since studies have shown curb appeal can increase the value of a home by 7% or more," says Hartman, "it stands to reason a seller could invest anywhere between 3-5% of the home's value before the updates." He explains, "you could invest $15,000 into updating the exterior of a $500,000 home and net an extra $20,000 when your home sells for $535,000."
Consider Your Lifestyle
When it comes to designing your landscape, consider your lifestyle before making big design decisions. If you know you don't have time to be mowing the lawn or pruning your roses every weekend, go with a desert landscape of succulents and low-maintenance greenery. That way, your front lawn will always look picture perfect.
Mix Old Elements With New Upgrades
If you're working with an older home, don't get so caught up in upgrades that you lose the charm that drew you in in the first place. Keep good bones, like stone elements and vintage fixtures, but feel free to replace items like windows and doors for the perfect balance.