We have all heard this expression, "don't judge a book by its cover." It's a phrase that means "you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone." According to the results of the 2011 DaVinci Roofscapes' Homeowners Exterior Preferences Study, this principle doesn't hold true when it comes to your home.
Single-Width Valoré Shake in shown in Tuscano
Whether someone is just strolling by or actively looking at your home as a potential purchase, they make a snap judgment about your home by its outward appearance. Most real estate agents say that a majority of buyers make a decision about whether or not they will even look inside a home based on how it looks on the outside. In fact, the National Association of Realtors states that "curb appeal" sells 49 percent of all houses.
As a homeowner you cannot control every aspect of what surrounds your home. Things like the condition of your neighbors' houses or yards can affect the curb appeal of your own home. But there are many things you can and should take charge of to make your exterior intriguing enough to entice someone to want to come inside. You can find a list of those things in my last blog post, How To Give Your Home Personality.
Of all the things specifically mentioned that you can do to increase your home's curb appeal the one I consider most important might surprise you. It is that the entire exterior have a cohesive look. Just as creating harmony is essential to having a beautiful interior, this same idea is of upmost important on the outside,too.
No single factor, including a luxury imitation shake or slate roof, can stand alone to create curb appeal. It is the marriage of design, colors, and materials that is key to giving your home maximum curb appeal!
As you assess your homes exterior, be looking at the five areas I focus in on with my FRESH approach to selecting color and materials for your home.
There are many things to consider but if you focus on these five areas, all of the parts will equal a perfect whole home exterior.
- Fixed Features. These include items such as your foundation, roofing, brick or stone features, etc. Look at the fixed features of the home and more than likely you’ll begin to see some repetition of color tones. It is this repetition that allows different materials and textures to all work well together.
- Regional color preferences come from a blend of the region’s natural characteristics — climate, topography, landscape and quality of the natural light — together with the housing styles, available materials and cultural history of the area
- The Environment and Surroundings can help you to determine colors for a home that fit into the overall look of the buildings in the area or the natural surroundings.
- The architectural Style of the Home is the next part of the color equation to consider. You want your color scheme to fit the design of your home.
- Even if a home is new, you might be inspired by the schemes, styles and elements of Historic Colors that have stood the test of time.
For more details you can get a free copy of FRESH Home Exterior Colors: 5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Hues for Your Home. This step-by-step guide shows you exactly what you need to know in order to create a cohesive look and achieve maximum curb appeal.