Your home needs to wow people as soon as they step out of their car.
In fact, Buyowner.com says that “Studies show that a majority of buyers will not get out their car if they do not find your home’s curb appeal visually attractive – that is, if they visit your property at all.”
“With more and more people shopping for homes online, potential buyers could be turned off from viewing your property, just based on the listing photo alone! Addressing your home’s curb appeal is a critical component in marketing and selling your home.”
So let’s look at a few ways you can boost your curb appeal, without a total renovation.
A New Garage Door
Your garage door can take up as much as a third of your home’s front façade. So don’t underestimate the impression it makes.
“A garage that faces the street (especially a large garage) can take up a lot of visual real estate,” said Houzz.com.
“If your garage doors are in poor shape, clash with the style of your home or are just uninspired, replacing them can greatly increase your home’s curb appeal.”
A New Front Door
In the same vein, your front door makes a massive impression too. So take an objective look at yours and ask what it tells people about your home.
“A recent study by door manufacturer Therma‑Tru found that upgrading the front door of a house increased the perceived value of a $190,000 home by almost $8,000,” according to Better Homes and Gardens.
“Estimates for new entry doors start around $2,500, so you could actually make back triple the money you spend.”
Fix Up The Porch or Patio
You may not have gotten full use of a front patio, which has it currently looking old and neglected.
Help your would‑be buyer picture themselves relaxing out there by giving it a proper fix up.
This Old House says that “Replacing porch decking is not a challenging task for any homeowner who’s used a circular saw and a table saw, particularly if you have replacement boards milled to the same width as the originals.
“Just resist the temptation to cut out only the damaged areas.”
They provide a great walkthrough for anyone looking to revamp their patio. Check it out here.
Ask Your Realtor
Your real estate agent should give you some constructive, but honest advice on what may be hurting your curb appeal.
Always make it a point to ask them for advice, and don’t take it personally.
See What’s Possible
As stated above, a garage door can be a low‑cost, high impact improvement. We can help you find the perfect one.
Automated Door Systems provide beautiful, contemporary doors by Garaga, one of the most trusted names in the industry, and we can help you find the door that best suits your needs.