Don’t Curb Your Enthusiasm; Using Curb Appeal Adds Value

by Gary Nelson, Realty Executives of Flagstaff

One of the easiest ways to add value to any Northern Arizona home is to enhance its curb or street appeal.

This can include changes as easy as owner improvements but can also include renovations and major landscaping projects, as well.

Homeowners might want to keep in mind that these renovations can be accomplished to help offset water use and to enhance a home’s integration in the native environment. From low-water use and naturalized landscaping to a more traditional and lusher look, these improvements can add great value not only to a home’s aesthetics but also its market value.

The National Association of Homebuilders provides a quarterly remodeling index that indicates the strength of the remodeling industry. This shows a steady rise in remodeling projects throughout the western United States since the first quarter of 2020, capping in the first quarter of 2022.

It also shows that not only are homeowners remodeling their homes but giving their homes a street view “facelift,” too.

But not all renovations and landscaping projects need to be expensive.

Here are a few simple and low-cost ways in which greater curb appeal can be achieved simply — but with big impact:

Touch up the paint or stain while concentrating on windows and trim color. A Mountain Rustic look is very popular throughout Northern Arizona. With more traditional home styles, use three paint colors to provide extra contrast. Consider adding sustainable and long-lived siding and trim materials.

Enhance front landscaping with low maintenance in mind. Add splashes of color by using pots and small, raised flower and vegetable beds. Concentrate on Arizona native plant species for low-water use and easy maintenance.

In recent studies, curb appeal has been known to add up to 10% to the value of a home. Ninety-four percent of Realtors polled in Arizona stated that homes with appealing front landscaping not only have a shorter time on the market but also sell for a higher price.

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