Curb appeal has become a bit of a buzzword in the real estate and home owners communities, but with good reason. Simply put, it’s the degree to which your home looks inviting when viewed from the street. While pretty house is nice to come home to each day, it may not have much impact on your life day-to-day. But if you ever decide to put your house on the market, it gets more serious — studies show that most buyers won’t even get out of the car to see the property if it doesn’t look inviting from the curb.
If your home is lacking curb appeal, there are myriad ways to boost it. Landscaping is a popular one, as is replacing or repainting the front door. But even something as simple as adding a gate could have a major impact on your resale value. Here are some ways a custom gate can increase your curb appeal.
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It Adds Depth
The average house doesn’t have a whole lot of yard space. Lots can be expensive, and with land prices on the rise, houses are built closer and closer to the street in both city and suburbs. A gate gives the illusion of depth, making your lot seem larger from the sidewalk. For maximum effect, choose a gate design that allows for some visibility, like one of our open, wrought iron designs.
It Adds Character
Back in the day, almost every home had a gate. Unfortunately, gates’ popularity has declined over the past century as homeowners have opted for a cleaner, minimalistic look. Homes with gates aren’t quite a rarity, but they’re still few and far between.
In recent years, however, gates’ popularity has been on the rise again as a way to add unique character to newly constructed homes. Gates stand out in a good way — because they are still less common, a home with a gate is seen as quaint and intimate, upping the resale value of your home should you ever decide to sell.
It Adds Color
The beauty of a custom gate design is that it can be personalized to suit your home’s exact style. Maybe you choose a gate that adds a major pop of color to your home’s neutral palette, or maybe you go with a design that depicts your favorite scene. Even the materials used for your gate add to the tone of the piece — wrought iron lends itself better to the scrollwork that pairs so nicely with a more victorian style home, while sheet steel has the same heavy, rustic feel of desert adobe.
For more tips on boosting your home’s curb appeal, or to meet with one of our talented custom gate designers, give us a call at 520-884-1771.