It looks good immediately and makes a very good first impression. When it comes time to sell your home, having “curb appeal” matters. It draws attention to your home and that’s a great first step in marketing your home. Curb appeal shows up in real time and in pictures used to advertise/market your home.
How is curb appeal achieved?
It’s a combination of several things – a mowed, well-trimmed lawn in the summer, a shoveled driveway and sidewalk in the winter, a nice exterior paint job, esthetically pleasing landscaping, and an inviting front door. Having an architecturally pleasing exterior certainly helps as well.
Let’s dig into landscaping a bit more. Shrubs and bushes aren’t meant to last the life of a home. Most have a lifespan of about 10 years. After that they begin to overwhelm the home. They should be trimmed yearly to keep the overall impact sharp. Overgrown landscaping has a big impact on aging a home.
The residential real estate market is competitive, and buyers do not overlook deferred maintenance. A good rule of thumb is to invest 1% of your home’s value BACK into your home each year. If your home is worth $300,000, then $3,000 should go towards general maintenance and improvements. A portion of this should be designated to your outside appearance.
Having good curb appeal sends a message to potential buyers that this home has been lovingly cared for and well maintained. This is the kind of home buyers want to buy.