8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

Tip #1: Wash Your House’s Face

  • A bucket of soapy water and a long-handled, soft-bristled brush can remove the dust and dirt that have splashed onto your wood, vinyl, metal, stucco, brick, and fiber cement siding. Power washers (rental: $75 per day) can reveal the true color of your flagstone walkways.

Tip #2: Freshen the Paint Job

  • The most commonly offered curb appeal advice from real estate pros and appraisers is to give the exterior of your home a good paint job. Buyers will instantly notice it, and appraisers will value it.

Tip #3: Regard the Roof

  • The condition of your roof is one of the first things buyers notice and appraisers assess. Missing, curled, or faded shingles add nothing to the look or value of your house. If your neighbors have maintained or replaced their roofs, yours will look especially shabby.

Tip #4: Neaten the Yard

  • A well-manicured lawn, fresh mulch, and pruned shrubs boost the curb appeal of any home. Replace overgrown bushes with leafy plants and colorful annuals. Surround bushes and trees with dark or reddish-brown bark mulch, which gives a rich feel to the yard. Put a crisp edge on garden beds, pull weeds and invasive vines, and plant a few geraniums in pots.

Tip #5: Add a Color Splash

  • Even a little color attracts and pleases the eye of would-be buyers. Plant Colorful flowers throughout the yard. Fertilize the grass and water to insure green healthy grass.

Tip #8: Maintenance is a Must

  • Nothing looks worse from the curb — and sets off subconscious alarms — like hanging gutters, missing bricks from the front steps, or peeling paint. Not only can these deferred maintenance items damage your home, but they can decrease the value of your house by 10% – 15%.

Here are some maintenance chores that will dramatically help the look of your house:

  • Make sure Roof is in order
  • Check for Blemishes, Missing Bricks, etc
  • Cracked Concrete, Missing Stones, Cracked Walls
  • Workable Blinds and Shutters
  • Wash and Replace cracked windows.

These are just some of the important items you might want add to your Checklist when looking to enhance your curb appeal!