"Homes with names hold a memorable place in a buyer's search. Being at the forefront of a buyer's mind coupled with the added street appeal, is a massive advantage to sellers and the end result. We have seen homes with names become iconic in our area and many times can be worth 5-10% more than market indications because of this uniqueness."
Maximise Your Property's Value by Enhancing Your Curb Appeal
In a competitive real estate market, homeowners have to do everything possible in order to increase the value of their home and make their house as sellable as possible. Increasing home value can dramatically improve a homeowner's financial well-being, and making a home more sellable means that if you do decide to sell, your home will quickly attract the attention of buyers.
When it comes to what improvements can be made, the attention is generally focused on the interior of the house. Many sellers make the unfortunate mistake of neglecting the outside of the property. What they may not realise is that most buyers form an opinion on whether they like the house or not before they even step foot in the front door. Let's face it, first impressions matter and as it turns out, the exterior and curb appeal of your home influences its value and the likelihood that you'll get the price you deserve on the sale.
First Impressions Matter
Real estate professionals agree that first impressions make a difference when it comes to selling a property. At first glance, the home should have strong curb appeal and draw prospective buyers in with a combination of aesthetic charm, attention to detail and good upkeep.
In a 2014 survey, real estate professionals named curb appeal one of the top five most important factors in a selling a home. Curb appeal starts with a stylish and attractive house name or address plaque. House plaques are the first thing that prospective buyers see and judge. They can set the design tone of the interior of the house and add unique visual interest to the front of the home.
What's It Worth? The Value of a House Name
Don't underestimate the selling power of a house name or address plaque. Houses with names attract more buyer enquiry, receive offers quicker and regularly sell for a higher price. The Cheltenham and Gloucester Building Society in the UK conducted research which revealed that 88% of participants prefer houses with names rather than numbers.
House names are usually chosen to reflect either the surroundings of the home, style of the home or an attribute of the homeowners. Depending on the name, it can offer a glimpse into the property's history or an important past resident.
More importantly for sellers, a house name and address plaque is one of the simplest and most effective ways to provide potential buyers with a unique and descriptive touch-point that's easy to remember.
Darin Butcher, one of the most sought- after real estate professionals in Australia, has found this to be true in his 26 years of experience selling property on the Central Coast. Principal at Wiseberry Heritage Group and recently recognised as one of the Top 12 Dealmaker's in the country by REB, Darin adds, “Homes with names hold a memorable place in a buyer's search. Being at the forefront of a buyer's mind coupled with the added street appeal, is a massive advantage to sellers and the end result. We have seen homes with names become iconic in our area and many times can be worth 5-10% more than market indications because of this uniqueness”.
The Final Touch to a Home in A New Estate
Homes and properties with names are often associated with prestige and history. It doesn't even have to be an old home or well-established property. The same rings true for recently constructed homes in new residential estates, in fact, more so. The best way to make a grand impression in a new estate is to have a stylish house name or address plaque adorning the entrance of the home. It differentiates the property from its neighbours and enhances that all-important curb appeal. For homes in new estates, house plaques are the perfect finishing touch to its exterior façade.
Trust the Industry Leaders to Create a House Plaque You Love
House name and address plaques serve as an extension of the homeowner's personality, design aesthetic and taste. They ought to reflect the style and elegance that the home boasts of and do more than simply make the neighbours envious. It should be well designed, match the exterior of the home, be distinctly legible and well positioned to ensure unobstructed visibility from a distance. It is essential that house name and address plaques need to be durable enough to withstand unfavourable weather conditions without degrading over time.
Choosing a well-crafted house plaque that is constructed with the highest grade materials, such as those created by Talking Stones, will ensure that the curb appeal of your home will stand the test of time. Talking Stones has more than 15 years' experience creating bespoke, hand-crafted house name and address plaques. Known for their expert workmanship, inspired design and use of quality materials, they have established themselves as Australia's leading name plaque manufacturer.
Talking Stones offers an excellent range of styles and materials to choose from when creating your custom-made house plaque, making it that much easier for you to ensure that your home makes a strong first impression and boasts enviable curb appeal that adds value to your property.