How to Create Curb Appeal

Creating Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is judged in seven seconds so that is the amount of time you have to make a good first impression. Think about your last job interview, date, or social event, and the small window of time you had to make a positive impression. The same thing goes for your home. Its curb appeal or first impression can make or break the sale of your home.

Evaluate Your Curb Appeal

Start by standing in the street and looking at your front porch and yard. This will be your buyer’s point of view. See what sticks out immediately. Do you need to refresh some flowers? Mow the lawn? Replace curtains in your front window? Bring a notebook or a phone with you to the street and make a to-do list based on what you see. Remember it costs very little to clean, so don’t forget to put it on your list.

Clean Clean Clean

The minute you list your house people will be able to instantly see photos. Make sure the first image they see is a front yard that is clean, beautiful, and inviting. Good curb appeal leads to good listing photos!

  • Trim, edge, prune, and weed the lawn, hedges, trees, and flowerbeds
  • Remove all clutter, dead plants, leaves, and debris
  • Sweep porch, and all walkways
  • Clean rain gutters
  • Wash outdoor furniture
  • Power wash outside the house
  • Wash windows
  • Touch up paint especially on the trim and front door

It’s not just curb appeal…click here to see how our marketing – like professional photos – can help sell your home!

Create Curb Appeal with Instant Upgrades

Improve the appearance of your home with these quick and simple ideas for under $100 each.

  • Paint the front door, trim, shutters, and outdoor furniture
  • Upgrade your mailbox
  • Buy a new front door mat
  • Buy new house numbers
  • Replace exterior light fixtures or add lights to create boarders or a path to the front door
  • Plant a tree
  • Add a flower bed and potted plants

Pop Of Color

Vision is the first sense that we utilize to gather an impression. Color creates emotion, and you want your buyer to feel relaxed and welcomed. This feeling starts with the curb appeal. So create pops of color in places that you want people to notice like the front door. Or choose fun outdoor furniture in bright colors.

Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Curb appeal is the most powerful tool you have to lure a potential buyer into your home. It can mean the difference between a house that sells quickly for the asking price or above, and a house that sells after months of sitting on the market for below asking price.

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About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster

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