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Is your home’s curb appeal lackluster?
In a 2014 Zillow survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors when selling a home. And those same experts estimate great curb appeal can add 15-20% of value to your home while poor curb appeal can devalue your home by 10%.
From small touch ups to large renovations, projects such as replacing boring and beige with colorful vinyl siding and trim, updating entryways with bright front doors and shutters, and sprucing up outdoor living areas can make a big difference in the look of your home and neighborhood.
Another option many homeowners don’t consider is adding stone veneer to your home. Not only does stone give your home a sophisticated look, but it actually adds value to your home. According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, you can recoup up to 93 percent of the value of natural stone veneer. This makes stone veneer a natural choice when considering options to boost your home’s curb appeal.
One way to take a drab exterior to the next level is by mixing stone with your existing siding.
Have you heard of the rule of three? The rule of three is the idea that you don’t want too many, or too few, different types of cladding or colors on your home. Why is three the magic number? 1. Too many materials or colors can make your home look like a patchwork quilt and 2. Too few materials or colors can leave your home looking uninspired. Including stone in your mix of materials can help give your home character and interest.
Columns have been used in architecture for centuries, dating back as early as 2600 B.C. Early columns were constructed completely of stone, while modern columns are usually constructed out of steel, concrete, or brick to be more cost effective. However, you can still get the look of stone columns, without the expensive price tag, by outfitting your columns with stone veneer.
Your front entry is the first impression visitors receive of you and your home. In fact, the front entry is so important when it comes to potential home buyers that it could make the difference between whether or not they ever see the inside of your home. So, shouldn’t your entrance make a statement?
Outfitting your front porch in stone will not only impress your family and friends, but will immediately increase your home’s value and instantly enhance the overall visual appeal of your property.
If natural stone veneer is not for you, then consider adding color and character to your home in other ways. Painting your front door, updating your siding and trim, and adding colorful shutters are all good options.