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What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is literally the level of attractiveness or appeal a home has initially upon viewing it from the street. Curb appeal is a subjective feeling for a physical asset. If the home presents itself well and appears cared for and the yard is in order, it has curb appeal.

Homebuyers usually formulate their first impression of a property before they even step inside. The home’s exterior is usually indicative of what you can expect on the interior. Curb appeal may determine if potential buyers even want to pursue a showing. Also, if you want to maximize your property’s value, focus on improving the initial impression. The idea is to get them through that front door!

The Goal: Attain that Welcome Feeling

Here’s a few simple ideas for adding visual style and value to your home’s curb appeal.

Dress Up The Front Door Area

Your home’s front entry is the focal point of its curb appeal. Make a statement by giving your front door a fresh coat of bold paint or by installing a new front door, or maybe just an updated storm door. Your entry should also reflect the home’s interior, so choose a swag or a wreath that reflects your personal style.

Place an attractive planter on each side of the door or line the porch or deck railings with well-cared-for potted plants. Symmetrical placement of porch decorations, such as planters and furnishings are more pleasing to the eye than a random, scattered appearance.

If you have the room, add seating by the front door for added charm. Porch furniture found at antique or second-hand stores can easily be painted, and with the addition of fresh cushions, will look like new.

A Welcome Doormat

Genius! What better way to greet guests, while also keeping the dirt where it belongs – outdoors!

Replace Old Hardware

House numbers, the entry door lockset, a wall-mounted mailbox, and an overhead light fixture are all items that can add style and interest to your home’s curb appeal. These elements add the most appeal when they function collectively, rather than as mix-and-match pieces. Oiled-bronze finishes suit traditional homes, while brushed nickel suits more contemporary ones.

Add Outdoor Art

Give your yard a unique touch and curb appeal by adding weather-resistant artwork. Choose tasteful pieces that complement your home’s palette and exterior style. Birdbaths, metal cutouts, and sculptures are good choices for outdoor art. Water features not only function as yard art, but the bubbling sounds soothe and make hot days feel cooler – and attract birds as a bonus!

Spruce Up The Side Yard Too

Many times, a side yard can be seen from the curb. Camouflage any eyesores with fencing, clear out weeds, or lay out a neat path to the backyard. Look around for anything that makes the exterior of your home look messy. Unsightly things like a garden hose can be fixed by simply adding a reel or hanger to make them more accessible and attractive.

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. Remember people always go where the grass is greener.

— Darla McConnell

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