Curb Appeal After Hurricane IRMA

Real Estate Agent with Future Home Realty

Re-blogging this post for all of us that must deal with the clean up after hurricane Irma. 

Original content by Kathy Streib

Curb Appeal After Hurricane IRMA


We’ve been walking in our neighborhood and driving through others to witness the damage caused by Hurricane IRMA. And while we’ve seen hurricane irmavery little structural damage, what we saw was toppled or split trees and palm fronds and leaves everywhere.


If your house is currently on the market or even if not, now is the time to address your curb appeal for now and down the road.


First- if you haven’t yet, photograph your house inside and out to show any damages to it.


If your house is on the market, contact your agent if you have any damage to keep them in the loop. Let them know where you stand after the hurricane.


Next- Clean

Garbage and recycling should be back on schedule for most municipalities.

FEMA has issued guidelines for where and how to place any debris you have.

~Make sure that you do not block the road or place debris near trees or fire hydrants.This allows trucks and other equipment a quick access and retrieval of items placed for pick up.

~Separate your debris. For example, household garbage must go in one pile and construction debris in another, while plants, leaves and other vegetation should go in a third pile.



Contact your local landscaper or nursery to learn about pruning any trees or bushes left standing for future growth and health. The salt air blown on many of our trees, especially the grape trees, have damaged many of the leaves. Find out what you can do for these.


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If you’ve lost plants, trees, or shrubs step back and take a look. You can decide whether or not they need to be replaced to enhance your space or not.



I know that every time I prepare for a hurricane, I wish that I didn’t have so many yard things that I have to secure or bring in so that they don’t become flying missiles.



Before you replace everything, consider editing those cute little objects you have tucked away in your pots and bushes.


And Don’t Forget…

Our pools took a beating, especially if your power was off and the pool filter wasn’t working.

Make sure you consult your pool service or local pool store to find out what chemicals will be needed to sanitize your pool and return it to its beautiful blue color.


Your curb appeal is typically the 2nd impression a buyer will make...the first being via the internet.


Buyers begin to make up their minds as they are pulling up to your driveway.

Put what IRMA has left us to good use...reevaluate your curb appeal. Keep it simple and keep it streamlined.


 Kathy Streib 

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Comments (6)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

This is such an awesome post about taking pictures of the damage as well as the corrective actions, well no wonder it comes from our friend Kathy Streib 

Sep 28, 2017 10:36 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

With the damage to the outside landscaping it can be very hard to regain that curb appeal it once had.

Sep 29, 2017 05:19 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Stavrula. I read this post when it was first posted. Good choice.

Sep 29, 2017 09:57 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

People often dive in without thinking and start clearing and cleaning, the note to take photos first is a good one and a reminder to photograph everything in the first place whilst it is in good order as well so you have a base line of condition.

Sep 29, 2017 10:09 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes™- by eXp Realty - Vancouver, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Such a great reblog choice. Kathy is a true gem in AR and has so many great staging posts. Irma sure wrecked havoc...:( 

Sep 29, 2017 02:22 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sam - I guess most of it is cleaned up in Florida anyway. Porto Rico needs our help now.

Oct 12, 2017 08:52 AM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA

Actually not. All those the tree branches that came down in my community are still sitting on the side of the road waiting to be picked up by fema including those in my yard. They haven't even started to pick up the other stuff like fences and other things that got damaged. Hoping it will all be gone by Thanksgiving. 

Oct 12, 2017 05:37 PM