Create Curb Appeal

adding curb appeal

Curb appeal is judged in seven seconds. 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. Same thing goes for your house. Its curb appeal or first impression can make or break the sale of your home.

It does not matter if you have the sleekest chef’s kitchen or the most relaxing spa retreat, but  if your front yard screams, “run for the hills.” then you are in trouble. Before you put a “for sale” sign on the lawn, make sure the outside of your house is as staged as the inside. According to Carson Arthur, TV host on HGTV, curb appeal is the No 1 place to invest.  “Excellent landscaping will up a house’s value by 7% or $42,000 on a $600,000 house.”

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Time to Sell

Fall is the perfect time to sell your house. Summer vacations are over, and there are still a few months before the December holidays. Fall is full of bright warm colors and distinctive flavors and scents. Use these senses to your advantage. However, there are a few things to consider before you start your autumn decorating.


Look at your front porch by standing in the street. This will be your buyer’s point of view.


Make a “to do” list based on your budget. Remember is costs very little to clean, so do not forget to put it on your list.


Hire a professional Realtor to market and sell your house. Make sure before you hire someone that they plan to utilize a professional photographer.  Check out their marketing and make sure it is of the caliber that will best showcase your home and that they won’t be simply snapping a few quick shots on their phone.


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

adding curb appeal

Create Curb Appeal with Instant Upgrades

Improve the appearance of you home with these quick and simple ideas for under $100 each.
• Paint the front door, trim, shutters, and outdoor furniture
• Upgrade your mail box
• 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

red door can add curb appeal

Pop With Color

Vision is the first sense that we utilize to gather an impression. Most importantly, color creates emotion, and you want your buyer to feel relaxed and welcomed. A place they would want to call home.
• Color can bring life and excitement
• Accent important areas with color. Places that you want people to notice,the front door.
• Color can create interest and set a mood


A fresh planting of fall mums can help add curb appeal. Fall Colors

Beautiful fall colors can create an energy that helps to motivate buyers. Flowers and plants are a great way to add color to your yard. Here are a few easy to grow and maintain fall plants.

Helenium Flowers

Helenium Flowers

Orange: Warm, soothing, energy, and fun

Golden Rod Flowers

Golden Rod Flowers

Yellow: Happiness, cheery, and creates excitement

Lavender Plant

Lavender Plant

Purple: Not quite a traditional fall color, but a great accent color. Wealth, royalty, and compliments orange nicely

raffia - earth tones - adding curb appealDecorate

When it comes to fall decorating, elegance is classic and timeless. Keep your decorations simple and easy to transition into winter. Here are simple DIY ideas to create an autumn feel on your porch.

pumpkin cluster

Cluster a bunch of pumpkins together


pumpkins containers

Use pumpkins as containers for plants

wreath and pumpkins mixed into flowers pots

Mix pumpkins in with your potted plants

fall door mat

Paint leaves onto your doormat and add candles

simple wreath

Hang a simple wreath

orange chairs

Add orange chairs

Many bundle of US 100 dollars bank notes

Don’t leave money on the table… Stage your front yard!

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.

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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