A Fast Guide to Curb Appeal


When it comes to selling a home, first impressions matter. Buyers aren’t likely to click on a listing, much less schedule a viewing, if the cover photo doesn’t catch their eye. You’re also unlikely to catch buyers from a “For Sale” sign with an unattractive facade. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you give your home as much curb appeal as possible.

Sol Mar REI will connect you with an agent who can give you curb-appeal tips specific to your property. In the meantime, here’s a quick guide to get you started:

What is Curb Appeal?

It’s about more than a mowed lawn:

  • Here are some examples of bad curb appeal so you know what mistakes to avoid.
  • Get familiar with the impact curb appeal can make on your home sale.
  • According to one article, homes with high curb appeal sold for 7% more on average than their less-attractive counterparts.
  • Look at the local market to see what’s working; hot homes in Birmingham sell in just 6 days, and a little research can tell you what buyers tend to like.

Evaluating Your Curb Appeal

Does your home look great from the sidewalk?

  • Does your home’s paint color harmonize with other homes on the street?
  • Are your pathways attractive, or do they need repairs?
  • Is your lawn an appropriate length and your landscaping well maintained?
  • Do you have any missing or loose gutters or shingles?

Simple Improvements

These low-cost, low-effort changes can make a huge difference:

When you focus on your curb appeal, you set your sale up for success. A buyer’s first glimpse of your property can make or break their interest. Do your part to make your facade as attractive and photogenic as possible, and you’ll catch buyers’ attention.

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Article Credit: Emma Croft – GetGardening.info

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