Improving Curb Appeal
Curb appeal. It’s important to think about your home’s curb appeal, especially when it is listed for sale. However, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here is a list of five real estate tips that prospective home buyers feel are important to make your home stand out – in a good way:
- First, take a good look at the outside of your home from the street or sidewalk. Make plans to fix anything that looks “broken”. For example, a rusty mailbox is not the most pleasant first impression, but is easily fixed with a can of black spray paint. Also, loose railings, especially flimsy metal ones, which are most likely dated and could be dangerous, should be replaced. Peeling paint or any rotted trim should likewise be addressed.
- Next, take a look at the front porch or front entryway. The area around the front door should not be used as storage for items such as bikes, lawn rakes or ice coolers. It would be a good idea to store these items somewhere else out of sight. A crowded, cluttered porch may adversely affect the perception of the home’s value. Porch furniture or accessories should be in good repair, freshly painted and cushions replaced if faded.
- Now take a look at the yard area visible from the street. While the home is listed for sale you’ll want to keep the lawn in pristine condition by having it mowed, treated and then maintained to keep it fresh, green and weed free. Take a look at the homes around yours. Your home needs to show that it is up to, or exceeds, neighborhood standards.
- After these basic items have your home neat and tidy you will want to see where you can improve the look of the home with some additional pops of color. Remove dead and faded plants or overgrown bushes and replace with seasonal annuals either in ground or in pots flanking the entryway. Keep these watered and healthy while the home is for sale. Dead plants or weeds do not add to curb appeal.
- Finally, make sure there isn’t anything too personalized about the look of your home. You may have brightly colored trim, shutters or a front door that is off putting to prospective buyers. A red door may make your home stand out and look smart. A bright purple door may not give the desired impression. Avoid an overabundance of lawn and garden ornaments.
In short order my top 5 tips for curb appeal are:
- Fix what’s broken
- Clean up the front porch
- Keep the yard green
- Add pops of color
- Avoid over personalizing
Diane and William Kradel