Tips for Curb Appeal When Planning to Sell Your Home

There’s no doubt that curb appeal makes a huge impact on selling your house. Even if you’ve done a complete kitchen remodel, staged an impeccable living room, and totally redone your master bedroom, the plain fact is that people driving by can’t enter your home for a quick inspection unless an appointment has been made with a real estate agent. Even if you have a perfect house inside, it’s what people see on the outside that will give them a buy/no-buy impression of whether they are interested in buying your house.

Curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive 

The plain fact is that curb appeal doesn’t need to be expensive. For example, in an article, “16 Ways to Boost Your Homes Curb Appeal,” suggests for less than $150, you can completely change your homes “curb level attractiveness” by merely repainting the door a bright color and restaining the front of your garage door.

New door fixtures and new house numbering 

Besides painting front doors a bright color or adding custom front doors entirely, you should add new fixtures to your door, and seriously consider adding new house numbers.

A stencil for house numbering can cost less than $5, but people will notice when they easily find your home because of new numbering. It tells them that you care about the little things. It also helps the fire or police department quickly find your home in an emergency.

Go for the green, natural look 

In an article at, the author goes on at length about how using natural products to clean your bathroom is a terrific idea. In a similar fashion, you want to have a green, natural look about your yard. The grass should be trimmed short, the sidewalks, driveway, and pathway to your front door should be edged, and leaves and clutter picked up.

Go for colored contrasts 

The reason to go for colored contrasts such as painted doors, garden plots, potted plants, and perhaps painted gutters, is they provide just enough color and contrast to your overall green effect to make your home look interesting and inviting.

Consider replacing your mailbox and getting rid of any weathered pieces 

You may consider your mailbox, nestled in the middle of a 40-year-old windmill, a piece of genuine Americana, but homebuyers may consider it just a piece of rusted junk. Remove everything: old cars, rusted furniture, and even those 20 delightful gnome statues you’ve collected over the years through your travels.

The bottom line is if something in your yard doesn’t look like it could be sold in an Ikea catalog, get rid of it.

Add a short, decorative, white-picket-fence 

Couples, particularly the lady of the house, have had visions of white-picket fences for over a hundred years. It needn’t be tall, expensive, or ornate, but for $200, you can frame your home and incredibly boost the curb appeal of your house.

Powerwash your house 

New paint would be better, but if you don’t want to go whole hog with painting, or you just did so two years ago, at least powerwash your home. You want your home to look brand new, even if it’s 75 years old. You can do this by scrubbing every bit of grime, water stains, and cobwebs away from your house. It should look like it came out of a movie set.

Don’t forget to powerwash your front porch and the entranceway to your home. Plants and lighting should have absolutely no dirt or cobwebs on them.

There are many great articles, but one of the best we’ve seen is by Better Homes and Gardens, 20 Ways to Add Curb Appeal. Check it out and see if you don’t fully agree.

Go for an uncluttered classic look 

As we’ve indicated, you don’t have to spend a ton of money. Have the front of your home stand out by adding enough color. Make sure the entire house looks clean and is not bothered by clutter.

If you do these things, those driving by your home will give it a second look and you will achieve the curb appeal you desire.


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