Creating Curb Appeal

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MBA Broker Consultants CalBRE Broker #00983670

Both the yard and the house should beckon residents and  guests to “come on in”.  Here are some simple ideas to help you create an inviting home.  Other ideas can be found on HGTV (Home & Garden Television) shows such as “Curb Appeal”.

1. Paint.  Decide on a paint scheme — a main color for the house and a complimentary color for the windows, porch railing, rain gutters, and other trim.  Choose a classic color scheme that will remain in style for many years.  Remove peeling paint and repaint all exterior surfaces.  For added punch, paint the front door a bright, contrasting color.

2. Windows.  Make windows sparkle by cleaning windows and screens.  If the windows are older, update them with new vinyl-trimmed windows.  Clear away shrubs and plants blocking the windows.  Add a homey touch by installing shutters or flower boxes.

3. Landscaping.  Tidy up the yard by pruning trees and removing leaves, and cutting down overgrown shrubs.  Fertilize the lawn and remove weeds.  Then edge the lawn and plant flowers.

4. Lighting.  Illuminate the site with walkway lights.  Solar lights work great if you don’t want to run electric cords under ground.

5. Furniture.  Make your porch a place to relax with outdoor furniture.  A gliding bench and a small bistro table with chairs are nice additions.  Make sure furniture is clean and weather-proofed.

6. Diversify.  Add a water feature, such as a fountain or a pond.   Create interest by adding a pathway and perhaps a small garden area.  Make your yard maintenance-free (and conserve water) using mulch and rocks, rather than lawn.  Create retaining walls with cement blocks, turning slopes into useable space.

7. Driveway.  For an easy change, try concrete stamping flagstone over your existing cement. 

8. Roof.  If your roof is old or peeling, you should re-roof right away.  Choices include comp shingles in many colors, Spanish tiles, and fire-proof metal roofs.

9. Details.  Say “welcome to our home” with little touches: Add a new mail box, new house numbers, and a new welcome mat.  For color and variety, add some flowers in big pots on the stairway.

Enjoy your new look.  Your guests may not even recognize your home the next time they visit!



Posted by

Regina P. Brown
Broker, Realtor®, M.B.A., e-Pro, GREEN
California DRE # 00983670


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Comments (7)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Creating curb appeal is very important in the presentation of a home.  Thanks for the tips.

May 20, 2014 12:09 AM
Rob Marken
Bend River Realty - Bend, OR
25+ years experience in Bend

Great points to adding curb appeal, especially as the summer draws near.  Thanks for sharing these tips. 

May 20, 2014 01:18 AM
Monte Wall
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, TX
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Katy, Texas

Simple fixes that make a huge difference.  Great post Regina.

May 20, 2014 08:34 AM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Tim, that's true!  Thank you.

Yes Rob, it's perfect timing this summer.  Thank you.

Monte, you're right!  Those are simple ideas that will create an inviting home.  Thank you.

May 22, 2014 01:35 PM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Thanks for sharing such a great prepared post with meaning and of importance 

May 26, 2014 01:22 PM
Regina P. Brown
MBA Broker Consultants - Carlsbad, CA
M.B.A., Broker, Instructor

Joyce, thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

May 28, 2014 11:35 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

It is important to prepare your house for the Buyer's eye !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 01, 2017 06:22 PM