Curb Appeal Curb Appeal

Mike Capelle, Broker/OwnerMike Capelle, Broker/Owner

Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal. I cannot emphasize it enough. If you want buyers to be interested in your home for sale, then curb appeal is the first impression that will hook them into looking deeper. The exterior appearance of your home is not only important for buyers driving by, it is likely to be the primary photo of your home in online marketing.

There are four key factors in attracting buyers for your home. First is price, to have your property even appear in a search. Second is curb appeal, to make them want to look further. Third is features—does it meet their needs. Fourth is staging, so that a buyer can imagine themselves living there.

Here are some ideas for improving your home’s curb appeal.

Tidy the yard

You’ll want to trim bushes, sweep, and mow your lawn. Consider removing or replacing shrubbery or ground covers that have overtaken the yard or hide the house.

Clean it up

Sometimes the most obvious way to enhance curb appeal is simply dedicating a weekend to deep cleaning the exterior of your home. Turn the nozzle on your garden hose to the strongest setting and clean off your driveway, sidewalk, windows, and fence.

If dirt and grime is really caked on your home’s exterior, you can rent a power washer — but steer clear of any area with caulking, like windows and doors, as you can strip some of the sealing. And as tempting as it may be to power wash your roof, you may want to hold off; when done wrong, the roof can be damaged.

Spraying off your windows with a garden hose isn’t enough to make them spic and span, however. For maximum sparkle, clean your windows outside and inside.

Consider the Approach

If the walkway is broken, cracked, too narrow, or overgrown, repair or replace it. Mulch, packed decomposed granite, or pea gravel in defined borders are inexpensive alternatives to concrete.

Paint accent areas

Paint is a quick and easy curb appeal-booster. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, focus your attention on the trim, doors, and shutters. Before slapping on that paint, consider exterior color scheme trends and colors complementary to your home’s exterior, and avoid bold colors that may be off-putting to a buyer.

Update your light fixtures

Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal idea. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system and are complementary to the house’s design. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders; try cleaning them up and spray-painting them.


Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home when your house is on the market, the exterior of your home should allow prospective buyers to envision their style in the space. Put tools and toys away. Limit personal decor. Patio furniture and decor, if its appearance is attractive, should be used to give a potential buyer the possibilities of using the outdoor space, but it should be minimal. Outdoor pillows and cushions are an easy way to give color and life to furniture.

The garage

Don’t forget the garage door. Clean or paint it, and make sure it is in good repair, or replace it. A report by the National Association of Realtors revealed that a new garage door is one of the exterior features most appealing to potential buyers and recoups a whopping 87% of its cost upon resale.

Other Quick Changes

  • Replace the house numbers with new shiny metal ones.
  • Upgrade your mailbox. Install a new mailbox, or spray paint your existing mailbox.
  • Plant a tree. Make sure you know how large the tree will grow first.
  • Add flowers in pots, which are a quick way to add some life and color.
  • Hide eyesores. Place a small lattice fence or shrubbery around your air conditioner to avoid an appliance eyesore, and hide your trash bins. You can also hide your garden hose in a pot, or store it away.

Sellers only have one chance to make a good impression. Their home needs to look good from the curb, and to get buyers there in person, it needs to look great on the Internet.

When it’s time to sell your home, Sunset Vista Realty is ready to advise and help. Check out our Seller Services.

— Inspiration: Zillow Blog, Los Angeles Times

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