What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is the first impression a homebuyer gets when their vehicle pulls up to the curb of the home.  It is the first view of the outside of a home and a measure of the home’s attractiveness.  Homeowners can be accustomed to the exterior of their home and overlook minor repairs. A potential buyer will look at everything in a different light—as if it were to become their own. Marketing rules command the importance of attention to your product.

Curb appeal is an essential element in marketing and selling your home. It is the draw that makes a potential buyer want to come into the home to see more. Thus, every element of the home’s curb appeal should be as perfect as possible.  Homeowners need to step back at emotional issues of the house and view their home as a commodity.

Why is Curb appeal important?

  • The market is tough and so is the competition.  An attractive landscape will provide your home’s welcome card for perspective buyers.  If other listings in the same price range have curb appeal and yours does not, what do you think that buyer’s choice will be?
    • Most buyers make their decision to buy on first impressions.  As a seller, you want to attract as many potential buyers as possible.
    • The curb appeal of your home represents the manner of upkeep both inside and outside your home. Most people judge a home by the exterior care and upkeep.

A plan to increase a home’s curb appeal is essential before planning to sell a house. Included in this plan would be written ways to improve the overall appearance of the home’s exterior. List the areas with problems.  Cleaning, painting and repairs should be done first on the home’s exterior before starting with landscaping.  Follow the following tips to ensure your home has the best curb appeal for your budget.

Curb Appeal Tips to Consider

  • Pressure-wash the house, decks, sidewalks and driveway.
  • Clean the gutters and outside windows
  • Replace old or worn out fixtures and door knobs
  • Replace house numbers and mailbox
  • Replace or fix roof
  • Repaint trim and outside doors
  • Buy a new doormat
  • Keep yard mowed
  • Trim bushes and trees
  • Edge sidewalks
  • Remove grass between brick sidewalks or concrete patios.
  • Fill in driveway cracks
  • Rake leaves.
  • Mulch outside beds and remove and replace dead bushes or plants.
  • Check the outside lighting. Replace bulbs or add new lighting for night effect.
  • Add new lighting along the sidewalk.
  • Potted plants add color around the front door.
  • Remove tools, garden equipment and toys from the yard
  • Add seasonal plants and flowers in existing beds for year round color.

Remember there is no second change to make a first impression.  Put your best foot forward in working to improve your home’s curb appeal for that ultimate great first impression.