I started researching whether gates add value to a property, and I found an article in Luxury Lifestyle Magazine that says you could add up to five percent by improving your “kerb” appeal.
As custom gate designers and builders, we love hearing that. However, I couldn’t help but giggle and think, “Someone mis-spelled curb appeal.”
When I googled it, I discovered that Americans use “curb” as the spelling for both meanings of the word. While in the UK, “kerb” means the raised edge of a pavement/path, and “curb” means to limit or restrain.
With that discrepancy out of the way, I bet you are more interested in adding value to your property. Even though it was obviously written by someone outside the United States, we believe it is spot on.
According to the article, if you are looking to add value and improve the exterior of your home, driveway gates do this in three ways:
- Beauty and practicality
- Appeal and value
- Protection and security
Another article by Realty Times basically says the same thing (but they write “curb appeal” the correct way). The bottom line is that you do not have to take our word for it.
What kind of gate adds THE MOST value to a property?
We believe it is one that best complements your home and style. You may be able to achieve that with a standard gate. However, if a gate adds as much value as these articles contend, wouldn’t a custom gate be better. It does make the first impression.
And, if you believe first impressions are important, don’t let the gate get the last consideration in your budget.
Modern Ranch-style Gates
Faux-wood Painted Aluminum Gates
Sleek and Contemporary Gates
Signature “Braided” Gates
Custom Black Gates
What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Comment below. Let’s discuss it!
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