How to Boost Curb Appeal Before you Sell

If you’re planning on selling your home there are lots of updates and finishing touches you can use to boost your chances. I’ve written before about ways to update your home before putting it on the market, and today’s guest post has some great ideas that concentrate on the exterior of your home. Enjoy!

How to boost curb appeal before you sell

The exterior of a home is its inviting introduction to the neighborhood, but an equally important part of establishing an attractive aesthetic for a home is the value it can add when it’s time for resale. Curb appeal can help determine whether prospective homebuyers drive to or past your home during the big search, and a few small measures can have outsized impact on the overall curb appeal of a home.


Savvy shoppers don’t necessarily look for products as they are, they look for them as they could be, particularly within markets like real estate in Australia. Many in the home buying marketplace browse listings with ambitious ideas of turning a common house into a one-of-a-kind space they can be proud to call home, and proper landscaping can contribute significantly to the fantasy. A well-manicured lawn and colorful blooms send a much more welcoming message than an overgrown garden of weeds, and so having your natural décor restored on a regular basis can contribute to a higher perceived value for your home.

Minor Maintenance

Dull, dirty, or faded outdoor elements can detract greatly from the appearance of a home, and so regular maintenance of these items is key to a polished presentation. Of course, new fixtures such as doors, windows and trim can give a home an instantly renewed finish, but meticulously maintaining the existing exterior furnishings of your home can also have a profound impact on its look.

For this reason, fencing, doors, and paths should be regularly power washed to help them keep their ideal appearance over time. Windows should also be washed regularly for both exterior and interior visibility, as clean windows allow the most possible light into the home. Old siding and window trim should also be cleaned, painted or replaced as needed to bolster the appearance of your home.

Update Exterior Fixtures

Older exterior lighting, railings and door styles can sometimes appear outdated regardless of their condition, and style-conscious homebuyers will be quick to steer clear of an anachronistic looking home, and this is why these exterior fixtures should occasionally be replaced with newer styles. Consider painting your front door and window trim in an appealing modern color to help your home stand out as well.

If you’re having trouble getting inspired to refresh the look of your home, consult a home décor publication or take cues from homes you admire. These elements of curb appeal may seem like minor details, but they can make a major difference in how a house looks from the street, and this distinctive flair can give your home a competitive edge in your neighborhood.

Image: Stylish Exterior via Shutterstock

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
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  1. Property Saviour
    April 19, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Hi Jen

    Is this a Hoff House that is featured in your blog image?

    I could not agree more. When we meet someone we always set our first impressions so it is almost certain that we need to be enticed into buying the house from its external appeal!

  2. Christian Marin
    May 6, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    Landscaping is huge for curb appeal. Whenever I rehab a house it is a must to add new sod and landscaping. It always baffles me though that other people won’t do landscaping to their rehabs just to save some money then they wonder why their home hasn’t sold

  3. Sodding Toronto
    October 30, 2016 / 7:25 am

    Landscaping is one of the most essential parts of improving curb appeal for a property. The difference basis flower beds and new sod make can make a significant change in the price of your home. Nobody want to come home to an ugly property. Whether the house is small of large, landscaping make a significant change for the potential homeowners

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