5 Effortless Ways to Improve your Curb Appeal

Reblogger Roy Kelley
Real Estate Agent with Realty Group Referrals 16766

Pleasing curb appeal translates to: you only have a few moments to make a great first impression.  And a first impression can be a lasting impression.

Original content by Margaret Goss

There are certain real estate mantras that will always be true (location, location location!)  Also near the top of the list is curb appeal, a devastatingly important detail when selling your home.  Pleasing curb appeal translates to: you only have a few moments to make a great first impression.  And a first impression can be a lasting impression.

If you don't have it, you must create it. And if you do have good appeal, check and recheck to make sure it's the best it can be. Most homes in Winnetka and the North Shore are simply gorgeous - but even they can have flaws that buyers will notice.

There are many things you can do to fix or enhance your home's curb appeal - here are the 5 quickest and easiest to do and they make a world of difference.


Clean Windows and Doors

Spiderwebs and rainstorm muck make a house look unlived in. Whether you use a power washer, hire someone, or do it yourself, clean windows and doors give the impression of a well-maintained and tended home. Since many of us drive into our garages and enter the home through side or back doors, we often don't notice if our front appearance is appealing.


Paint Dull Shutters, Doors, Fixtures

The front door is the gatekeeper of the home - it's one of the first things we see as we approach the house. A new, bold door color (red?) and a fresh coat on shutters plus metallic spray paint on light fixtures could provide a quick and easy shot to the arm of your home's exterior.  If the front door is just too janky, install a new door. The national median cost installed is $2000 and the return is a hefty 75-100%.



If your garden is overgrown and weedy, it tells buyers that you don't sweat the small stuff. Hire a Curb appeal Winnetka ILlandscaper to weed, till, and refresh the plants. Station several urns around the front entry and fill with seasonal plants or evergreens in the winter. Most homes have established greenery so you don't have to recreate the wheel, but a few shrubs with bold colors can take your garden to a new level. Another overlooked task: weeds growing between your bricks or patio stones.

Bonus tip: if it's summer and you have cute Adirondack chairs, position them on your front lawn. So welcoming! 


Replace Antique/Old Hardware

This includes door handles, knockers, address signage, and mailboxes. If you don't want to replace doorknobs, try to get them polished. If you have a door slot for mail, make sure it shiny and clean. New address numbers can easily be purchased from the local hardware store.



Exterior Tasks 

Take a walk around the exterior of your home and keep a critical eye.  Look for more spiderwebs, gutters that are full or growing plants, and peeling trim paint. Easy fixes - use a power washer for grime and cobwebs, hire someone to clean the gutters, and repaint peeling trim.



These simple tweaks can have a major impact on the buyer's interest and the amount they will be willing to pay for your home. It will only take a few days or perhaps a week to complete these tasks as part of the process of listing your home for sale.  


At first glance, my home looks like it has nice curb appeal.  

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But wait, upon closer inspection, this is what I see:


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Old rusty and dirty hinge

Chipping, ancient paint job











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Brass mail slot with water stains
















Clearly, I have some work to do myself before I decide to move!  The point is, after living in our homes, we become oblivious to their flaws.  Buyers won't be!

Don't overlook your curb appeal!


To CONTACT Margaret Goss, please call 847-977-6024 or email:  margaret.goss@bairdwarner.com

Margaret Goss is a full-time real estate agent since 1998 servicing the North Shore communities of Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Northfield, Glenview, and Evanston.  See full BIO for Margaret Goss.






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Robin Wells
RAW Chimney Sweep and Inspections - Penetanguishene, ON
Giving Peace Of Mind One Chimney At A Time

Great tips.  And curb appeal is important - if somebody does not like what they see at a distance then very often they will not venture further.  

Nov 11, 2017 03:37 AM #1
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Geneva Financial, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

This is a fine re-blog choice  Roy Kelley . Curb appeal is a strong motivator for a buyer prospect to 'step-into' the listing. I have had many buyers who refused to enter a listing based on the exterior condition.

Nov 11, 2017 04:11 AM #2
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Please be sure to leave comments at the original blog by Margaret Goss

Nov 11, 2017 05:40 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the re-blog, Roy.  This post includes excellent advice for those wanting to improve their curb appeal.

Nov 11, 2017 06:18 AM #4
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Thank you Roy Kelley - since I'm moving next year I have to take my own tips seriously!

Nov 11, 2017 06:55 AM #5
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