5 simple hacks to improve your curb appeal!

They always say you only get ONE chance to make a FIRST impression.  In Real Estate this could not be more true.  I cannot even count how many times I have driven a client to a listing only for them to tell me to keep driving.

Whether it is the online photography or the drive-by traffic, the exterior look of your home sets the tone for how interested a buyer is going to be.

Over the years I have come up with some really easy ways to improve curb appeal that can be done in a weekend.  Here are 5 simple hacks to improve curb appeal. They are low cost and can really make your home stand out among the competition:

  1. Use Potted Plants and Flowers – Container gardening gives you a lot of flexibility, ease of mobility, and an easy way to add a pop of color to your doorstep or hide dead spots on lawns.  Don’t worry, if you are not a green thumb.  If the plants die, just take them out and plant something fresh.  Hopefully, your home will sell before this is necessary.
  2. Add little nicknacks, windchimes, and flags to the front porch area.  A store like Hobby Lobby is perfect for finding colorful inexpensive decorating for the front porch or lawn.  Use them to hide poor painting, dead spots on the lawn or to draw attention from another area.
  3. Paint it white – You can always find a can of white paint or something close at the local hardware store in the “mistake” paint area.  I have seen them as inexpensive as $9/Gallon.  Use the white paint to freshen up trim work that might be looking dingy or areas that may just need to be re-painted.  *Do not try to match with current paint.  If you cannot repaint the entire area, don’t try this one.  It will actually look worse if you try to touch up.
  4.  MTC – Mow, Trim & Clean the front area.  Lawns need to be kept short even if it is just weeds (try adding some ryegrass and water depending on the time of year!  Get rid of any overgrown bushes and replace with a few bags of mulch.  Pressure wash or just hose down neglected areas.
  5. Add new house numbers and a new mailbox to the front area. This will show a buyer that you are top of your home and taking care of it better than your competition.

Take some time to just stand and look at your home.  Be objective and consider it from a buyer’s standpoint.  You may start to see things you never noticed!  Good Luck and Happy Selling!


Matthew Allen

Broker/Owner Realty International – The Allen Real Estate Team