Curb appeal is just as it sounds — how a property looks from the curb or street, or from a neighbor’s driveway, or anywhere else that can be casually seen from the exterior. If you are looking at selling your home, are trying to make it more inviting to visitors or are just trying to improve your property value then curb appeal is vital.
Things that distract from good curb appeal include mold, mildew, stains, brown patchy grass, dead or untrimmed trees, faded or chipping paint and trash just to name a few.
There are several easy things you can do to help make your real estate more appealing. Start with reseeding, watering and mowing a yard if you have one. Don’t cut the grass really close to the ground either, that will make a yard appear more brown. A good length for grass is about 2-3 inches. Remove any stains from the driveway such as oil stains, antifreeze or even really dirty areas. Repaint your house, a fresh coat of paint does wonders for the look of a house.
Look at your house from across the street and take pictures. Digitally turn a color shot into grayscale to help you figure out what the best selling features of the house are that you would like to enhance and which ones need improvement. Try adding a tree or two to help balance colors or shapes or to compensate for a house that is not squarely centered on the property. Before planting, be sure to call your utilities company to mark any gas or electrical lines first. Update any light fixtures you may have outside; you might even consider adding a decorative, low-wattage lamp to the front or solar lights for the driveway.
Lastly, don’t forget to look at your house at night too. Make sure there is adequate lighting and that interior lights can be seen pleasingly from the street. This will give you an added perspective of how to improve the overall look of your home.
Curb appeal may sound simple and it really is, but it is also a vital part in the selling of your home as well as the property value. A visually pleasing, well-kept and landscaped yard is the first thing a buyer is going to see. First impressions are key and you only get about 30 seconds to make that impression a good one.