How Much Does Curb Appeal Increase Your Home’s Value?

Dated: April 7 2020

Views: 463

Hello again! Thank you so much for stopping by for a little motivation to add curb appeal to your home. It's spring so there's no time like the present to step outside, get some fresh air and start tidying up. Whether you are gearing up to sell now or next year, you will be glad you spent the time looking at your house through a buyers eyes. Your home’s exterior plays an important role in grabbing buyer’s attention and, ultimately, selling your property; like the old saying goes, “you only get to make a first impression once.” But can curb appeal actually increase your home’s value?

Apparently, it can—and by more than you might expect.

In a recent article, REALTOR® Magazine unpacked data from a study recently published in The Journal of Finance and Real Estate Economics. According to the study, a joint effort from the University of Alabama and the University of Texas at Arlington, homes with high curb appeal sell for an average of 7 percent more than comparable homes with less inviting exteriors. And in real estate markets with higher inventory? That premium doubles to 14 percent.

It's well worth your time to paint your front door, add new house numbers, flower boxes and greenery. Also, if your mailbox is looking weathered consider paining or replacing. Changing out the welcome mat and sweeping the front porch also gives your home a feeling of being well cared for and adds to the draw. Don't leave any stone unturned when cleaning up the front of your house. You want t a buyer to pull up and fall in love right away. So go ahead, showcase the home you love because you know the next buyer will love it too!



In the picture below, some ideas would be to freshon the paint on the railing, add cushions, pillows and a few outdoor rugs to pull it all together and make a porch that the buyer can picture themselves on all summer long. 

I few simple details will bring the front of your home together and create an atmosphere of calm and beauty that will draw a buyer in and help bring you the best price possible for your home. Do it now so you can also enjoy the freshened up space before your home sells!

Thanks again for stopping by! I look forward to bringing you more tips on home repair and fix up. If you have any before and after photos you'd like to share with me to showcase in upcoming blog posts please send them my way!! You can contact me at 509-939-2851 or email


The Takeaway:

So what does that mean for you? If you’re thinking about selling your home, sprucing up the exterior can be a great way to drive up your property’s value—and drive up your home sale profits in the process.

Blog author image

Kathy Bonnett

Buying and selling a few homes in my 20's lit the fire in me that eventually led me to pursuing a career in Real Estate. After receiving my BA in finance I enjoyed working in the financial planning in....

Latest Blog Posts

How Homeownership Multiplies Your Net Worth

About AdrianAs an active real estate broker Adrian strives to give his clients the kind of service and attention that he'd want if he were in their shoes. Among other things, that means making

Read More

Understand Coronavirus Mortgage Relief Options

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone. For homeowners, they might be wondering how they are able to keep up with their mortgage in light of shelter in place orders, financial difficulties,

Read More

Wait, Don't Buy that New Car, It May Impact The Ability To Buy A New Home

Those who are in the process of buying a new home need to be aware of some of the factors that might influence their ability to do so. Even though credit score, income, and assets will play major

Read More

Why Selling Your Home in Washington this Fall May Be Your Best Move

If you’re thinking about moving, selling your house this fall might be the way to go. Here are four highlights in the housing market that may make your decision to sell this fall an easy one.

Read More