Planning Your Curb Appeal Projects

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The spring buying season is underway, and as it progresses curb appeal will emerge from its winter hibernation as a significant factor in luring potential buyers to their ideal property.

Curb appeal is often what draws buyers to a particular home. An alluring walkway, an array of colorful flowers, an inviting nighttime glow and other visually pleasing characteristics can draw more people, and subsequently increase competition for the property and raise its overall value. Curb appeal is a powerful tool homeowners can use to maximize the offers they receive. Sellers looking for home staging ideas can take advantage of curb appeal projects to make their properties appear perfect inside and out.

Exterior design trends tend to change annually, similar to their interior counterparts. Here are a few of the curb appeal projects buyers will be drawn to this spring:

  1. Stick with sustainability
    Sustainability is popular among homeowners and buyers, and will remain that way for some time. Luckily, it isn’t all that difficult to boost curb appeal in a sustainable way. One perpetually popular curb appeal project is a well-lit walkway. When potential buyers drive by the property at night they will be enamored with the sight of it. Solar powered path lights can kick up your curb appeal in a sustainable and affordable way.

Additionally, homeowners may also want to try using sustainable materials. Walkways made with reclaimed stone or siding composed of recycled materials will appeal to buyers with sustainability on the mind.

  1. Add artistic detailing
    This year homebuyers will be on the hunt for artistic and unique exterior detailing. Craftsman-style accents and additions are growing more popular, and help properties stand out from other homes around them. Wood porch columns with decorative bases or colored detailing will draw potential buyers in for a closer look. Sometimes the smallest details are what make the biggest differences.
  2. Buyers love low maintenance
    A front yard should look lovely, but require little work. This means choosing flowers and other plants that are hardy enough to survive with minimal attention, and products that rarely, if ever, need repairs or touch ups. From gutters to gardens, there should be minimal upkeep required. Yards that look like they need to be completely renovated are more likely to turn potential buyers off before they ever step foot inside the house.
  3. Steal buyers’ hearts with stone and brick
    This spring, stone and brick are bound to be popular materials in exterior design. Natural stone and brick have an affluent appearance that can improve the value of a home. Homeowners can even mix the two together for a unique and attractive combination.

Curb appeal goes a long way during the spring and summer buying seasons, and with the former already underway it is time for homeowners to start working on their yards.

Need assistance with your curb appeal? Contact Sibcy Cline Home Services. They can recommend a service vendor to meet your needs.

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Curb Appeal When Selling Your Home in Autumn

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It’s autumn – a beautiful time of year to enjoy, especially when the leaves are bursting with color. If you are selling your home at this time of year, use the season to your advantage when staging it and add curb appeal:

Fall Debris
With the fall season, comes falling leaves. Make sure your gutters are free of debris. You will also need to be diligent about keeping the lawn and sidewalk free of leaves. You may want to invest in a leaf blower to make this chore go more quickly.

Flowers
Your summer flowers should be pulled or trimmed. If the weather is still warm, consider planting some fall plants such as mums or marigolds.

Decor
Tasteful fall decor can add appeal to your home’s exterior. Things look best placed in three’s. These little touches will make your home look warmer and more inviting.

Lighting
When daylight hours are shorter, be sure to have adequate lighting for evening showings.

Maintenance
Be sure to keep up on your fall exterior home maintenance list: Touch up paint. Cover up and fill and holes. Store your lawn equipment. Turn off exterior water faucets.

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Need Inspiration?
Follow Sibcy Cline’s Fall Decorating Ideas Pinterest board.

Does Curb Appeal Matter When Selling Your Home? Yes!

ExteriorsA potential home buyer is on your street taking a casual look at homes. It is a Sunday and your home has an open house. Will this person stop to look inside your home?

Does your home have curb appeal? 
When you have you home listed to sell, it is very important to make it look appealing from the outside to draw and lure potential buyers into your home. Here are some tips:

The Lawn
Keep the grass mowed and free of leaves. Be sure to trim edges to make it fabulous.

Sidewalks
During winter months when it is snowing, keep all walkways, steps and the driveway clear.

Lighting
Exterior lighting can make your home look more dramatic! During the winter months, there is less sunlight. Lighting can help make your home stand out during this dreary time.

Outside Decor
Tasteful outside decor can add some interest to your home’s exterior. In the fall, colorful potted or planted mums look very nice. When it is a colder, minimal winter decor can also look inviting. Remember, symmetry looks most pleasing to the eye and makes it easier when creating arrangements.

Front Door
The front door is usually the focal point of the front of the home. Curb appeal can be added by painting the door with a statement color to contrast from the rest of the home.

Shutters, Trim and Moldings
Your home will look more “complete” and appealing with shutters around window frames. And you might want to think about adding some decorative moldings to freshen up your home’s exterior look.

Paint
Yeah, we know, you hate to paint. We all do. But, paint is one of the most economic ways to freshen up your home on the outside!

Need more inspiration?

  • Go here to see HGTV’s television show’s Curb Appeal to see some transformation photos
  • The KCM Blog has a great infographic with curb appeal do’s and don’ts as well as gardening tips here.
  • See Sibcy Cline’s Beautiful Home Exteriors Pinterest board here