Sometimes it takes some imagination to make your home appear great from the curb. A home that a Buyer will remember creates a wonderful first impression!
RISMEDIA addresses curb appeal trends each year. Here are their trends from Megan Wild of RISMEDIA along with my own, "Never underestimate the value of a pretty face…on your home or a client’s home. A curbside facelift is money well-spent, whether prepping to sell your house, increasing its equity value, or just for your own pleasure."
7 Ideas for Improved Curb Appeal
1. Front Door:
"Rethink the Front Door REALTORS® have long advised that the front door—one of the first things a visitor touches—should look well-kept and attractive. The cheapest option is to repaint it, and people are getting more adventurous with color choices for doors. No longer feel bound to match your door to the window and shutter hue. Contrast is good, and some homes benefit from brighter colors. For just a few more dollars, replace old, corroded hardware—knobs, kickplate, etc. For a professional look, and to save yourself some time and cleanup, install the new hardware after painting. Replacing the entire door might cost you or your client $500 or more, but if you are bored or unhappy with your plain door, or if the door will affect the value of the home, peruse the latest new styles. If you really want a big change, consider adding an arched doorway, windows on either side or expanding to a double-door. Ironically, one new trend is to go old and ornate."
"Light the Way Some home-building companies scrimp on the porch or entrance-way lighting. If you or your client weren’t involved in the original lighting decisions—or even if you were—over time, glass fixtures become dim from dirt, dead moths or old bulbs. Cleaning globes and replacing bulbs instantly brings new life to your evening facade. New fixtures are inexpensive and can usually be owner-installed. You will likely be delighted—no pun intended—to discover that advanced lighting technology has gone beyond fluorescent with the introduction of LED bulbs. LEDs provide more lumens with less power, resulting in brighter entryways while saving on electricity. The options are nearly limitless for affordable and novel ways to illuminate your home’s front porch or portico."
Stone Veneer and Front Door
Stone veneer homes with great front doors in Arizona are becoming more and more popular
3. Stone Veneer: "Install Stone Veneer For many homes, a major transformation from a common, run-of-the-mill appearance to a luxury look is achieved with stone veneer. No doubt about it: Stone veneer is an up-and-coming trend for home upgrades. Once installed, stone veneer is nearly indistinguishable from full stonework. The key difference is cost and ease of installation. Stonework speaks to craftsmanship, and veneer gives your home an expensive look for less. Stone veneer also has advantages beyond cosmetic: It’s rugged and never needs painting. It comes in a wide variety of textures and colors. You can use it for an entire house, a single wall or just the skirting. You will be pleasantly surprised at how it sets your home apart from others on your street while increasing its value and marketability."
4. Sidewalks and Driveways:
"Refinish Sidewalks and Driveways Just as the upscale look of stone upgrades exterior walls, stone or brick makes a huge improvement to unsightly cracked concrete walks and drives. Different types and shapes of stone can create a variety of patterns, and hiring a professional installer on a complete tear-and-replace will save time and your back. If your property’s asphalt or concrete drive is in good condition, bordering it with brick pavers can add a touch of class. Trims can be a do-it-yourself project requiring minimal skill, effort and cost."
5. Color to your Landscaping:
"Add Color to Landscaping You’ll want the lawn and hedges manicured. Go further. Green is great, but dots of color lift your yard to a higher level of beauty. Over the last decade, most cities have upgraded cosmetics, realizing that public street corners beg for flowers and professional landscaping. Eyes have come to expect more color and design street-side, and in desirable neighborhoods, that expectation translates over to the look of your curb. Again, a tiny expenditure equals a major step-up. Bulbs, shrubs, borders, fencing and mulch are all things to consider."
6. Mailbox Upgrade:
"Check Your Mailbox In many neighborhoods, another first curb appeal object is literally at the curb: the mailbox. Sure, you can spend a pile for a pile of bricks to dress up your mailbox, but a recent trend is less costly: unique and artsy mailboxes and posts. Visit an arts and crafts show and you may find hand-crafted mailboxes for a reasonable price. Meet a local artist who can craft something special for you. If you prefer to do it yourself, concrete footing, a post, wood trim, paint, and, of course, your mailbox, will go far. On a street where all the mailboxes look the same, and where the houses also may be cookie-cutter, you can set yours apart."
7. Make your house SMILE:
Make home SMILE with the following plants and landscape features
A Home that SMILES!
Make your house SMILE and inviting so the buyer says....."I remember that one"
Some of the SMILE concepts are so simple:
1. Work on Street Appearance- First impressions are very important!
3. Remove clutter
4. Plants, porch chairs, fountain, arch, picket fence all say this is a "happy" home
You don't have to spend a lot of money to make a home SMILE.
These new ideas trending for curb appeal improvements don't have to cost a lot of money and can make a big difference for your home. Getting to ready to move? Check out Scottsdale Arizona homes for sale and feel free to contact me. I would be pleased to help.
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Want to learn how to make your home smile or improve curb appeal? Contact Jeff Masich at Make my house smile in Arizona
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