What is “Curb Appeal” and why does it matter? Tips for sprucing up your home’s exterior.

Increasing Your Home’s Curb Appeal

No matter how gorgeous the inside of your home is, a lack of curb appeal can make it nearly impossible to sell or rent your property. Fortunately, there are several easy, inexpensive ways to increase the curb appeal of your home.

What is curb appeal?

 

Put simply, curb appeal is the attractiveness of a home or other property when viewed from the street. Consider the iconic house from the hit series, The Brady Bunch: Lush greenery, perfectly manicured hedges and a fence that appears to be painted daily all add to the home’s enchanting appearance.

Increasing your home’s curb appeal

 

Your property does not have to be exorbitantly expensive or perfectly maintained to have curb appeal. Focusing on a few simple details can drastically increase your property’s charm.

Identify and remove eyesores

 

What cannot be seen in front of and around your property can be every bit as important as what can. Identifying and removing unattractive elements of your home environment is easy. A good way to do this is to walk around your property and take pictures. This will help you identify anything that might be unappealing to buyers. Examples include:

 

  • Trash and other debris
  • Graffiti
  • Weeds
  • Broken, incomplete or weathered fencing
  • Cracks in concrete
  • The “bare” look

 

Many of these unsightly afflictions can be fixed at little or no expense. Trash can be picked up, weeds pulled and fences repainted. These seemingly-small things add up and have a huge impact on the way prospective buyers view your property.

 

It may even turn out that some of these things are the responsibility of others. For example, in many cities, sidewalks are considered public property, and thus their upkeep is the city’s responsibility. A simple phone call may be enough to persuade the city to perform much-needed maintenance on the streets and sidewalks in front of your property.

The “bare” look

 

Even if there are no glaring eyesores, your property can still lack curb appeal. This is especially true when the front and sides of your property are overly plain. Picture a house that is maintained well enough, has a nice green lawn and nothing else. At this point, curb appeal is relatively neutral. Now, picture that same property with a few tasteful shrubs, a fruit tree and a few colorful flower beds. These small changes dramatically increase a property’s curb appeal.

 

Clean all exterior surfaces

If you home’s siding, roof, windows, and driveway are covered in dirt and debris, it can make your home appear old and not well cared for. Hire a professional pressure washing service to get all of your exterior surfaces looking their best!

 

The most important thing to ask yourself is this: Is my property charming? Does it have a cozy, inviting and family-friendly vibe? If not, then start with these simple things. You will be surprised how much they help.