Clients and audiences ask us questions Curb Appeal ALL THE TIME!!
What is it? How can I ncrease Curb Appeal at my home? How much does it cost? Will it pay off? How long does it take? And the all too common… Joe down the street sold his house for Over Asking in 5 days… why should I bother with it in this Market when bidding wars are all too common? OR … I’m not selling. Why bother increasing my curb appeal? Great Questions…
The short answer is: Curb appeal is a subjective thing because it’s based on what any one person sees when they look at your home. It’s in the way it looks AND the way it feels.
Traditional or Contemporary homes, by their very nature, look different and appeal to different people. A cottage look or a log home may not appeal to everyone, either. You can’t change the STYLE of your home, but by looking at the home objectively and applying a few tried and true techniques, boosting the Curb Appeal of ANY home is possible.
A welcoming ENTRY or new front door made of steel which requires little maintenance and wrapped by light box windows makes a GREAT first impression. Containers matching the style of the home, along with new hardware and light fixtures (with new LED light bulbs) that match almost always make a good impression. Just make sure that if your home is on the market for any length of time that the containers are watered, fertilized and any weeds are removed regularly.
WINDOWS must be, at the very least, CLEAN and free of moisture, mold, and mildew. The Screens should be cleaned with a brush and soapy water so as not to obscure the view from inside the home. Visible mold on the windows creates a negative impact, so clean your window casements and frames completely using bleach to prevent the return of mold. If your windows have moisture between them, we always recommend replacing them as poor windows will definitely reduce the value of your home, and alternatively, new windows ADD to the value. You should paint or clean the outside frames as well. Try dressing them up with window boxes filled with seasonal annual flowers. This softens the view of the home and makes it more appealing.
On the topic of the home’s EXTERIOR: It should be in top form. Loose or missing shingles, dirty and cracked siding or flaking paint are signs of a poorly maintained home. Brick work with loose mortar and parging that’s falling off will also detract from a home’s appearance AND value. Most are fairly easy to fix by yourself or a contractor and add value to a home. It suggests “This home is Well Cared For”.