Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

house curb appeal doesn't have to be costly

In the last year, quite a few houses have gone up for sale in my neighborhood. Several have sold and several have languished. While price plays a big role in what sells and how quickly, most of the houses that languished in my neighborhood were priced competitively. So what made them unappealing to buyers?

One obvious answer is the lack of curb appeal that many of them had. While I never went inside any of the houses for sale and can’t attest to any problems inside, most of the houses that didn’t sell had lousy curb appeal. If a prospective buyer drives by your house and sees that the outside is a mess, it’s an immediate turnoff. They start thinking about the time and effo


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5 Responses to Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

  1. Gale Frank says:

    This is a very good list of free and low-cost ways to make your home shine out when it is on the market. This is an especially important reminder for home sellers who have had a home on the market for a long time and have grown tired of the constant upkeep it requires to keep a home looking attractive. For many more clever, yet inexpensive ways to make a home stand out, I’d recommend the book “Home Seller’s Blues and How To Beat Them” which covers what to do both inside and outside the house, as well as unique marketing tips using today’s media capabilities.

  2. Fun article. The picture caught my eye because the house is of the vintage of my own In The Trenches experience. Turn of the century (1900) is a different story for sure.

    Last year I went along on a house hunting expedition and one of the biggest challenges, not always visble from the road, was damage done by home owners who had been foreclosed. The prices were great but the extent of damage often reached ones nose before their eyes. Always in these times ask for a complete home inspection. It costs a couple hundred but can save thousands.

  3. Tammy says:

    Just imagine the home in the photo with a fresh coat of paint and a nice maintained front yard. Maintenance and curb appeal go hand and hand. I would say the first thing noticed is always the front yard. Even the nicest homes lose curb appeal if the lawn in poorly kept.

  4. david says:

    It amazes me how many people don’t take care of their front yards. This doesn’t only apply to your house, but the resale value of the neighborhood as a whole. If your house front is beautiful but many of the other houses on the block are not well kept, it can also be difficult to sell the house.

  5. Valerie says:

    Was fascinated you worked for city in the building/code department.

    This really is an important article every homeowner should have.

    Agree with the poster who stated it keeps up the value of all the houses.

    We report to code any homes with a weed ordinance violation trying to keep our values up.

    And with a dry summer there should be a ‘brown grass’ code as many have saved on water and let all their shrubs and grass get brown.

    Also: a good security system already set up adds to the home – you have paid for the wiring or installation and get to keep and move with it but new owner is saved the cost of installation of their system.

    Also keeps crime in check.

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