Curb appeal is an important part of selling your home. In fact, curb appeal is the first thing a buyer sees. As with anything else, the classic motto is true–you should always strive to make a good first impression. Curb appeal is the level aesthetic one may feel for a property when viewing it from the street.

Homes with great curb appeal have well-maintained lawns and flower beds and gardens, they have clean and intact siding. The driveway looks nice and clean as well as the roof and cleaned out gutters. Curb appeal is very important because it sets up a high precedence for what’s inside the house for buyers. Improving your home’s curb appeal will add value to your home and help sell it more.


Five opportunities to enhance curb appeal:


  1. Grass, Landscaping & Trees

A good starting place for curb appeal is making sure your grass looks good. Make sure your lawn is mowed and that it is well-watered so there are no brown patches. Make sure the trees look healthy and the front landscaping is neat and attractive.

  1. Roof of the House

Inspect the physical condition of the roof of the house. A roof that looks well-maintained means that the potential owners don’t have to pay costly repairs or install new roofing.

    3. House Exterior
In addition to the roof, curb appeal includes the siding. Take a look at the siding and outside of your home. It should be clean, and any missing siding replaced. Eliminate any mold or mildew growing on the siding. Power washing makes for a good investment!

Brick or stone exteriors should be clean and well tuckpointed. Replace any missing or crumbling mortar.

Windows and Gutters – Make sure they are clean and functional. Replace or add as needed.

Equipment – Put all your lawn and garden equipment away so your yard is clutter free.

Lighting – Check to be sure the yard, front stoop or porch, and patio is well-lit. Replace fixtures and bulbs as needed. The right kind of lighting can make a dramatic difference.

4. Driveway
Another exterior area that needs attention is your driveway. You don’t need to replace or reseal your driveway, but it should be in good condition. It should be clean, and weeds removed from cracks.

5. Front Door

The front door is the welcome to your home. It is very important that it be attractive. Make sure your front door is clean and inviting. After an objective look, you might find it is time to spruce it up. Never underestimate the wonders a fresh coat of paint can give your door.


The power of curb appeal


Curb appeal can really help make or break the sale of your home. A tidy and attractive first impression subconsciously tells buyers that the property has been cared for by the owner. That is a powerful draw to invite prospective buyers into your home for a closer look. If you are not sure what changes, if any, should be made, an experienced and knowledgeable Realtor will be able to help guide you through improvements that will make a difference.

An alternative way to sell your home is by selling at auction. If you are considering putting your house up for auction or interested in auction house sales, LAWSON AND CO. Auctioneers and Real Estate professionals are your experts! Contact us at 317-745-6404 to put our expertise to work for you.


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