What is Curb Appeal, and How Do I Get It?

Curb appeal is the degree to which your home looks beautiful from the street. Does your home look clean? Is your landscaping ship-shape? Are your walkways swept? Is your carport uncluttered? It is essential to have great curb appeal when listing your home (and it is nice to have when you aren’t selling your home, too). Why? It is the first thing that people see when they drive up to your house. Buyers will make a quick decision about how impressed they are, and whether or not they want to step inside to see the rest.

So, to create great views from the street, walk through this quick guide and make sure your home is ready for buyers and guests!

Go outside and stand in front of the house. How does it look? If a buyer pulls up to your house and the outside looks disheveled (or even hideous), he/she may not even want to step inside. The curb appeal of your home is the first thing a buyer sees. Make it look desirable… like the buyer can’t live without it!

  • Paint faded window trim
  • Repair broken fencing and siding
  • Trim the hedges
  • Mow the lawn
  • Pull weeds
  • Sweep sidewalks
  • Plant yellow flowers in the beds (this is an appealing color to most people… think daffodils, marigolds, lilies)
  • Make sure visitors can clearly see the house number.

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