Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home

Real Estate Agent with Chartwell Kansas City Realty SP00229578 2007027091

When your home is for sale, one of the most important things you can do is to make the outside look so inviting that buyers want to come inside. That's called 'Curb Appeal.' Good curb appeal

The home pictured on the right, for instance, has an inviting walk leading up to the front door. The owners have chosen blue hydrangeas to draw your eye up the flower-lined walkway. A variety of shrubs and trees add interest to the attractive home. If you were lookng for a home to buy, wouldn't you want to see inside this one?

Curb appeal is something home owners can address as they live in the home - don't wait until you decide to move!

The house itself needs to be well maintained and painted in attractive colors. Fences and driveways are also part of your home's curb appeal.

Flowers, shrubs, trees and lawn are a part of your home's curb appeal that can be improved every year. Just go to your local garden center every couple of weeks to see what plants are in bloom in your area. Add a few as your time and budget permit.


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Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I also like curb appeal but my other half doesn’t because then there’s nothing for him to do outside, so we always look for crappy homes outside that have been renovate inside.

Jun 02, 2011 03:09 PM #7
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


That's a lot of work you put into one post and you make it look so easy. I admire people like you who can do so much with graphics. Your blog post is terrific!

The curb appeal is so essential - it either draws people in or detracts their attention. I've seen beautiful homes with no curb appeal and simple small homes that weren't much to look at from the outside, but when they were all dressed up with the beauty of all the right landscaping, that made a better impression on me, than the big house that I know cost a lot more money!

I appreciate all the work you put into this post and I know others who read it will too.


Jun 08, 2011 11:25 AM #8
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Maria, GREAT curb appeal you have created and photographed!     I agree with Patricia, you do a great presentation with your blogs too!

Jun 10, 2011 03:23 AM #9
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Maria, your beautiful slide show brings you point home!  Great post!  I think you may have found the secret to not losing a post as it is uploaded.  I'm going to try your sequencing with my next post. Some of us are losing posts, as we upload.

Oct 06, 2012 11:28 PM #10
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Maria, your post does a great job sowing the different types of curb appeal.

Oct 06, 2012 11:34 PM #11
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Maria, i love it when there it's actually some thought behind the plantings. I used to have a great big Camellia Bush next to out front door, piles of big red flowers as long as the season went on. Always drew people to the door.

Oct 06, 2012 11:41 PM #12
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker
Maria: Too bad that some people don't enjoy this type of curb appeal while they live there. Then frantically make it look good when they try to sell it. I love my yard and feel proud of it every day. If I had to sell, I know people are already lined up to buy it, it has a good reputation.
Oct 07, 2012 12:39 AM #13
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

I love showing homes with curb appeal like your photos. Makes the buyers excited about the interior of the home & makes a better overall impression.

Oct 07, 2012 01:06 AM #14
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

First impressions are so important and that is what curb appeal is.

Oct 07, 2012 01:15 AM #15
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Maria,

Those are some nice homes. Choosing a variety of perennials as you live in your home makes getting ready to sell much easier, because you only need to fill in with a few annuals to add interest for the longer market times these days.

Oct 07, 2012 01:17 AM #16
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Curb appeal is very important when you are trying to sell your home. It's your first impression for your home. Buyers will make assumptions on what your home is like on the inside from the exterior appearance. It happens for sure in the Flagstaff real estate market. Great pictures!!

Oct 07, 2012 01:45 AM #17
Sylvia Jonathan
Coldwell Banker Platinum Properties - Irvine, CA
Broker Associate, SFR

Very nice presentation of an idea everybody has heard. The photos can now truly inspire owners to follow through.

Oct 07, 2012 01:53 AM #18
Tom Esposito
Alpharetta Home Solutions - Alpharetta, GA

Nice post.  I read your directions on how you put the slide show together, but really didn't understand.  Anyway, the results are great.  I'll have to play with that description. 

Oct 07, 2012 01:53 AM #19
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad


I missed this the first time around but the issue remains a critical one, and perhaps even more so today in this competitve market. Admitedly some people don't mind, especially if they have a vision or want to transform a yard but it can sure be a turnoff as people see how much work has to be done. And of course this leads to the assumption the rest of the home is eqully in need of help.


Oct 07, 2012 04:44 AM #20
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Maria Thank you for the information! Beautiful Pictures!!

Oct 07, 2012 05:45 AM #21
Brad Baylor
ERA Coup Agency - Milton, PA

Thanks for the great information Maria!. Nice pics too...

Oct 08, 2012 12:16 AM #22
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

There are some really appealing photos and some great exterior staging in these homes. Great job.

Oct 08, 2012 06:34 AM #23
Dana Smithers
PRES Staging Resource Centre - Vancouver, BC
PRES Staging Training, Redesign Training & Busines

Great post and I totally concur! As a home stager we know the value and impact of that first impression. And since 80+ of buyers look on the internet first that first impression needs to be WOW from the outside in!  I have written an ebook Creating Curb Appeal That SELLS! and I would be happy to share it with anyone reading this post. Go to my facebook: and do a post asking for this ebook and I'll email it to  you so leave your email address!

Oct 10, 2012 05:45 AM #24
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Great curb appeal is so important and this is where you get the most bang for your buck.

Nov 09, 2012 01:29 PM #25
Mike Warren
Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO

Thanks for sharing this wonderful information. Great post.

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