Real Estate with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell. We’re not talking about replacing; maintenance is very crucial. A well landscaped home not only attracts prospective buyers but also is a eye candy in value.
The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a long way, and so does a dose of color.
Paint: Even a little color attracts and pleases the eye of would-be buyers. The most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job.
Roof: The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.
Yard: A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home. Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.
Mailbox: An upscale mailbox, architectural house numbers, or address plaques can make your house stand out.
Maintenance: Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:
- Refasten sagging gutters.
- Re-point bricks that have lost their mortar.
- Reseal cracked asphalt.
- Straighten shutters.
- Replace cracked windows.