The Power Of Curb Appeal

Industry Observer

Imagery is much more powerful than most of us are willing to admit. Everything we see and hear influences us in a million intricate ways.
Suppose you drove up to a home. Would the way it appeared affect the way you perceived it? We think so. It seems as if the data supports the thought as well.


1. What Is Curb Appeal And Why Is It Important   

To lay a foundation, we must begin with a definition. "Curb appeal," what is it? Most commonly, realtors will use it to describe something ineffable about a home. Sure, some will describe it as the appearance from the curb. Yet, truly, it is a bit more.

Curb Appeal Is a Term for the Impression Made by a Home's Appearance From Outside:
As best we can surmise, curb appeal refers to the feeling impressed by a home upon a person's mind. Most of this is the result of the appearance. Still, there are many factors at play here.

It Has Been Shown to Affect the Final Sale Price of a Home:
Despite the lack of absolute clarity, we do know one thing. The curb appeal of a home impacts its final price. When it sells, if the curb appeal is high, the buyer will pay more. Therefore, to maximize your home's value, you should emphasize its curb appeal.

Shady Homes Cost Less to Cool:
Besides, you can derive other benefits as well. For example, let's assume you decide to plant a few trees. The right flora really makes a home look verdant. Plus, your United Illuminating bill will reduce in turn. Since the trees keep your home in the shade, you spend less on utilities.

2. Tips On Boosting Your Curb Appeal And Your Home's Resale Value  

So, how do you improve the curb appeal of your home? Luckily, this is a lot more straightforward than a philosophical exposition. Typically, we can make an assumption. If it makes the home look better, it boosts its curb appeal.

Trim the Hedges:
Greenery does not always make a place look the best. If it is not kept under control, it can detract from the image. Therefore, do not neglect yard maintenance. Your lawn can be your largest asset or worst liability. It is up to you to decide which it will be.

Add Some Ornamentation:
Once the greenery is well-kempt, you can put your focus elsewhere. To add to the effect, we suggest using small lawn ornaments. These can double as functional items. Think about gazebos and lawn furniture. These items add a nice finishing touch that is noticeable from the driveway.

Adopt the Perspective of a Guest:
Of course, since you are the owner, you are familiar with the home. This is both a blessing and a curse. Try to walk through the home with fresh eyes. That way, you can identify any negligent flaws that you have not addressed. Then, you can be creative while coming up with solutions.

Lived-In, But Not Occupied:
Do not have an open home when the home is totally bare. It is not the best way to create a lasting impression. Nevertheless, it would be best if the home were not full of personal effects. These can make touring it uncomfortable for potential buyers. Instead, make the home look as if someone lived in it. Yet, remove all the personal items so that the buyer can imagine the home as if it were theirs.

Appearances Do Matter: Boosting Your Curb Appeal   

As much as we deny it, the way something looks does affect our impressions. The better our impressions, the more we will be willing to pay. Make your home look good. That way, you make as much from its sale as possible.

Comments (3)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

DE, I always tell my sellers, if you are the only house on the block for sale, you have to be the BEST LOOKING home on the block!  Curb appeal means so much.

Jan 26, 2021 03:48 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

It would not be uncommon for a potential buyer to look at the outside of a home and be so turned off that they don't even get out of the car to see the inside.  The thought being if the outside looks that shabby what does the inside look like

Jan 26, 2021 06:01 PM
Joe Manausa
Joe Manausa Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee Real Estate

Thank you for sharing the importance of curb appeal. Great work! 

Jan 26, 2021 07:37 PM