|5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016
|By John Egan
|RISMEDIA, Friday, January 29, 2016— Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its value by as much as 17 percent, the Texas Tech researchers found. They say curb appeal ranks second only to home size in weighing a home’s value.
While the notion of curb appeal has been around for decades, its appeal keeps rising. Mischel Schonberg, a spokeswoman for Mason, Ohio-based garage door manufacturer Clopay, says: “Home improvement shows and magazines have drilled the importance of curb appeal into the minds of homeowners looking to increase the value and appearance of their homes.”
Here are five top-of-mind trends for curb appeal in 2016.
1. Update the Front Door A fresh coat of paint can spruce up a ho-hum front door and help make a better first impression when someone is eyeing your home.
2. Lighten Up the Exterior
3. Liven Up the Landscaping
4. Put Furniture on the Porch
5. Upgrade the Garage Door
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