How To Improve Curb Appeal for Real Estate

How To Improve Curb Appeal for Real Estate

When looking at houses, buyers often make up their mind about a property before they even get out of the car. Improving the curb appeal of your home will really help with the crucial “first impression”.

file4001347376082You can see from this photo that the house looks inviting and friendly. The flowers are all blooming and alive, the grass is green, the walkway is clear, and there’s a welcoming feel to the porch. This house has an overall impression of being well-cared for.

Your house doesn’t have to look exactly like this, but this gives a great example of what you need to take care of before putting your house on the market.

Take Care of Deferred Maintenance

Deferred maintenance refers to all those things you meant to take care of but never “got around to”. Chipping or peeling paint, dead or overgrown landscaping, and broken things are all examples of deferred maintenance – file000448367017which seen from the street give a dilapidated feel to an otherwise perfectly good house.

I know most sellers balk at the idea of fixing the house up for someone else to buy, but letting buyers know you took great care of the house will can really pay off when you decide to sell.

If your house needs painted, Benjamin Moore has a great page about creating curb appeal with beautiful exterior paint schemes for different style houses. This really helps take the guess work out of choosing new paint colors.

Take Care of your Landscape

Brown grass and overgrown plants are a big no-no when it comes to curb appeal. We want to see manicured gardens and lots of color.

Trim back those hedges, weed the flower beds, and plant some colorful flowers. (Yellow flowers are rumored to have very good Feng file4761267492978Shui for selling houses.)

When those flower beds are all planted – put down some natural mulch or bark over the dirt for a finished look. DON’T use colored bark – it looks artificial and detracts from the beauty of the plants.

If you have a lawn, mow and edge it (or hire someone to do it), and get it green with watering and/or fertilizing.

Sweep or rake all leaves from the lawn and walkway.

The Front Porch

There is a delicate balance to creating a welcoming front porch. Keep in mind the color and style of your house and choose something complimentary. Traditional homes front porchlook beautiful with wicker, rocking chairs, and porch swings, whereas modern homes might need something more streamlined and simple.

When choosing furniture and accessories, make sure the color doesn’t clash with the house and stick with a harmonious color scheme such as in this photo. Make sure not to overdo the furniture or decorations, a simple chair, or even a potted plant and a new welcome mat will go a long way.

Make sure your house numbers are neat and easily visible from the street.

Make sure your porch light works nicely and the shade is free of spiderwebs and dead bugs… yuck.

Summer 2005 074Adding a pot of flowers by the door is a nice touch; has some great container garden ideas that show which plants look beautiful together.

Make sure the porch is always clean, the furniture and cushions are dusted regularly, and don’t allow any clutter to accumulate. If you leave your shoes at the front door, make sure they’re in a cabinet, basket, or are otherwise organized.


We are happy to advise our clients on what their house may need before going on the market. If you’re in the Long Beach, Pasadena, or Orange County areas, and are thinking about selling, contact us for a free market and home consultation.

Hopefully, by following these simple steps, we can help make a potential buyer fall in love with your house before they even step through the door.

If you have any other ideas about how to improve curb appeal for real estate, please comment below!

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