Top Renovations That Maximize Your Home’s Value
Job interviews. First dates. Meeting the parents. We all know that first impressions are everything.
That’s why, when it comes to increasing the value of your home, the almighty exterior plays an outsized role. It doesn’t matter if your listing is perfect if people are underwhelmed when they pull up for an open house. If your curb appeal isn’t measuring up, your perfect buyer may not even make it through the front door.
So, what do buyers and real estate agents look for when it comes to curb appeal? Let’s explore some exterior projects that’ll have agents — and potential buyers — falling head over heels for your property.
Let’s start with some of the most common curb appeal-boosting projects:
Buyers and real estate agents both have a keen eye for any signs of roofing wear and tear. If your roof needs some TLC, investing in repairs or even a full replacement can be a smart move to boost your home’s value. Some buyers are looking for sustainable solar roof options to help protect their wallets and the environment at the same time, while others are just looking for leak-proof living. Note: Grey and black impact-resistant shingles remain the most popular options.
If your current siding is looking a bit outdated or worse for wear, it might be time for an upgrade. Consider swapping it out with a fresh and stylish material like natural stone or manufactured thin veneer siding. According to a 2023 remodeling report, a homeowner stands to recoup 89% of the cost if using fiber cement, 95% of the cost when replacing vinyl siding, and a jaw-dropping 102% ROI for updating with stone veneer siding.
Windows and Doors:
Say goodbye to drafty windows and doors and hello to energy-efficient alternatives that can work wonders for both your home’s appearance and its value. Plus, you’ll be saving some serious bucks on your energy bills. Talk about a win-win.
Outdoor Living Spaces:
Whether it’s a deck, patio, porch, or pergola, having an inviting outdoor oasis can really make a difference. Realtors know that creating a space perfect for entertaining or just lounging around can add serious value to your humble abode. Exterior paver products like Aura Natural Stone are as beautiful as they are durable, adding serious value and a wow factor to outdoor spaces from patios to walkways to pools.
If you’ve got one, it’s time to spruce it up. Add some clever storage solutions, insulate it for all-season use, or even give that garage door a facelift – these can all work wonders. After all, a good-looking garage is like a cherry on top for potential buyers.
Introducing Your Curb Appeal Secret Weapon: Stone Veneer Siding
But what’s the real secret weapon for boosting your home’s value? Short answer: natural stone and manufactured stone veneer products for a quick exterior makeover.
A savvy real estate agent or buyer will have their eyes peeled for a few key things. Here’s what they’d typically be on the lookout for:
Let’s face it, the quality of the stone used in your exterior projects can make or break the value game. That’s why top-notch stone — like Pangaea Natural Stone® — is a must. It’s got to be durable, visually appealing, and able to stand up to whatever Mother Nature throws its way.
Design that Rocks:
When it comes to stonework, the design is where the magic happens. Those jaw-dropping, head-turning designs that take a home’s aesthetic appeal to a whole new level can take your offers sky-high, too. Sleek stone veneer accents offer a more budget-friendly option or splurging on an all-natural stone façade really delivers that upscale, “wow” factor.
Low Maintenance, High Style:
Manufactured stone veneer like Cultured Stone® can be a low-maintenance superhero for your exterior projects. But not all stones are created equal when it comes to upkeep. So keep an eye out for stone options that are a breeze to clean and maintain – it’s an attractive feature for potential buyers.
Shades of Stone:
The color of your stone veneer panels can pack a punch when it comes to value. Select colors that harmonize with your home’s style and color scheme. Neutral hues like sophisticated gray and versatile beige tend to steal the show and win over hearts (and wallets).
Right Place, Right Stone:
Placement is key. Consider where that stone veneer is going to shine the brightest. Evaluate which exterior projects – whether it’s stone walkways, retaining walls, or outdoor fireplaces – will add that extra oomph and value to your home.
Not quite sure how your new stone siding will look on your home? Or maybe you want to compare two different stones. No problem. The Instone visualizer is the place to start when you want to go from imagining the difference stone will make, to seeing how it changes the look of your house.
Contact Instone today to learn more about products and services that can increase your home’s value with stone.