Simple Steps to Create Curb Appeal

Author: Alecia Pirulis  

Craftsman House

Curb appeal – how your house looks from the street – is more important than you may think when selling your home. It is the potential buyer’s first impression, and that feeling will stay with them no matter how beautiful the inside may be. Make sure your house stands out by creating great curb appeal.

First – clean up any yard debris and put unnecessary items away. If you have kids, pick up their toys and tricycles at the end of the day and put them in the garage. Don’t forget that people interested in your house may decide to do a drive-by without you even knowing – and that “first look” may determine whether they make an appointment to see your house or not.

If your landscaping is overgrown (or nonexistent), take some time to fix it. You want the grass to look its best, and a few brightly-colored flowers planted in pots or in flowerbeds near the front door will draw attention to your entryway. Prune bushes and trees, and make sure to weed any flowerbeds and add mulch. If your entry is a little too plain or there just isn’t one, create visual appeal by adding a trellis, an arbor, or a wooden gate.

Next, look at your front door. If it doesn’t look inviting, try giving it a fresh coat of paint – don’t be afraid to go for that pop of color. New hardware can give your door a whole new look – if it is tarnished or outdated, consider changing the knob and fixtures. Add a wreath and some outdoor lighting. Also, make sure the walkway to your front door isn’t discolored or cracked – if it is, consider having the walkway fixed or replaced.

The front porch should be free of clutter, clean, and attractive. Consider adding a planter, some outdoor furniture, and a welcome mat. Try to make the front porch an inviting space that sets the tone for the rest of the house.

Is the front of your house a little boring? Perk it up by adding shutters to the windows, window boxes, and solar lighting that will highlight the front of your home at night. Outdoor art, such as sculptures, birdbaths, fountains, and wind chimes will add charm to your home and give it character.

If your house needs painted, it may be worth the time and money to get this done before putting your house on the market. A fresh coat of paint will make a huge difference in your home’s appearance. Same for the roof – a tired roof in obvious need of repair shouldn’t be the first thing potential buyers see.

Don’t overlook the seemingly minor details, such as the mailbox, the house numbers, and the light fixtures. Jazz these up or replace them, and you’ll be amazed at the difference these small details can make in the overall appearance of your home.