How to Use Curb Appeal to Increase Your Home’s Asking Price
Adding curb appeal to your Denver home is an easy way to increase your home’s value. In fact, the estimated ROI on front exterior renovations can be upwards of 200%. This impressive ROI paired with a relatively short renovation time is why I almost always recommend curb appeal improvements before putting your house on the market.
Generally speaking, when choosing curb appeal improvements—landscaping, finishes, and other accents—keep them simple and low maintenance. Luckily, in Denver, that’s an easy thing to do!
Here are some of the best ways to use curb appeal to increase your home’s value and asking price.
Front Door Improvements
Your front door is the focal point of your entire exterior, so make it sing. Whether you choose natural wood or a burst of color if up to you and your home’s design, but make sure it’s free of scratches and in good condition. As potential buyers step inside your home, they get an up-close-and-personal meeting with your door, so make a good first impression.
Next, look outward from your front door to the entryway. Are there opportunities to add striking accents and updated lighting? Make sure you consistently clean your porch and entryway; Denver’s dusty weather can leave your door and entryway dingy.
Bonus: Make sure your front door’s hardware is operating smoothly. There’s nothing worse than a homebuyer struggling to enter your home.
The most important curb appeal element for windows is simple: keep them clean and consistent.
Make sure your window’s paint is in good condition, wash both the inside and outside glass and panes, and draw your curtains or blinds consistently across all front-facing windows. As long as your windows aren’t an obscure color or chipping, you shouldn’t need to re-paint.
Plantation and wood blinds are a phenomenal way to add both curb appeal and interior finish value to your home. These classic, sturdy additions are easy to operate and look sophisticated from the inside and out.
Depending on the size of your lot, landscaping costs can range significantly. Therefore, it’s best to consult with an expert on what will bring the most value.
No matter what you decide to address, keep it simple and timeless.
Use natural stone features that match your home’s exterior, plant low-water native plants, and consider year-round curb appeal.
If your sidewalk or walkway is broken, consider quick fixes over a complete restoration. Some solutions include mud jacking, re-leveling, or grinding.
Other Curb Appeal Tips
Some other marvelous ways to use curb appeal to increase your home’s value are:
Create symmetry: Use plants, potters, and lighting to create a balanced exterior.
Create an outdoor living space: Front yard living spaces make a great first impression and show your home is ready for entertainment.
Use lighting: Lighting (fixtures and bulbs) can update a home’s exterior quickly and create a sense of safety, especially during the winter when sunsets occur during open houses.
Planters: Bright planters can really dress up an entryway or landscaping job. Just remember to keep it simple and clean. Coordinate with or complement your front door if possible.
If you’re selling your home and want to improve your curb appeal, contact Frontgate Realty Group. We can analyze your current home, consult on curb improvements, and help you prioritize your project. We also have a unique relationship with AJ Kirkegaard Contractors to help you execute your exterior improvements. Once everything is to your liking, we list your home and sell it for its maximum value.