Increasing Curb Appeal for your Home

You may have heard the term curb appeal before, but what does it actually mean, and how can you accomplish it?

Curb appeal is defined as attractiveness of the exterior of a residential or commercial property, as viewed from the street. Having curb appeal may not seem like the most important thing, but there are some real benefits to it.

When it comes to selling your home, if the outside is less than appealing, it can turn away a lot of potential buyers. Also, in today’s digital world, many buyers shopping for a new home do a lot of searching online. Some potential investors may not even physically visit the property if the photo is not pleasing, as this will be their first impression. The nicer your home looks from the outside; chances are the quicker it will sell. Not to mention, the overall attractiveness of your property can increase the overall value of your home.

So what are some things that you can do to achieve the ultimate curb appeal for your property?

  1. Update landscaping. Untamed grass, and long trees, bushes, and plants with weeds intertwining them, can take points off of your overall curb appeal. Keep everything neat. Adding some colorful foliage can also be key to a nice looking yard.
  2. Replace broken windows and screens or simply update. Cracked windows and ripped, hanging screens are rather unappealing. Updating your old windows, even those that aren’t broken, can also help achieve a clean look.
    • A simple paint job to your window trims can create a whole new look for your home
    • Try adding a window trim to give the home a new decorative feel (can also stop water from seeping in through the edges of windows)
    • “Have the windows been updated?” is becoming a very important question asked by potential buyers
    • Retrofitting is inserting new windows into existing casing, whereas brick-to-brick is stripping out the existing window, and frames, and starting from scratch
    • Try a new type of window – Casement window (swinging in and out), Picture window (big and letting in a lot of light), Bay window (one large fixed window in the middle and a casement on either side), or a Double-hung window (two sashes that move up and down)
  3. Add shutters or trim. This will add an accent to your home, add some color, and give your house a “completed” look.
  4. Install new gutters. Old gutter systems can bring down the overall attractiveness of your home. Adding new gutters to your home can make it more appealing to guests.
  5. Try installing specialty gutters for aesthetic purpose.
    1. Galvanized – steel substrate coated in zinc (offers a very glossy appearance)
    2. Galvalume – aluminum-zinc hybrid coating (offers a more rustic feel, silver metallic can also be used in more modern architecture designs)
    3. Copper – initially a shiny gold look, but will eventually turn a dark brown or green color for an antique feel

*    Although these specialty gutters are aesthetically pleasing, they may also last much longer than aluminum.

Keeping a neat, and appealing home and yard is really quite simple. By just updating and taming a few things, you can change the whole appeal of your home. Pretty soon the neighbors will be comparing their own home to yours.