How to Boost Your Curb Appeal

by Natalie Rakoci 01/12/2020

Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock

Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them back once it has a “For Sale” sign in the yard.

Where Do You Start?

  • Fix the small stuff: The crooked shutter, sagging fence, loose bricks in the walkway or cracks in the stucco trigger the subconscious to wonder what else is wrong. Start your curb appeal efforts by making sure the basics are in top shape.
  • Water the lawn and keep it mowed. Trim the edges too. Rake up leaves and branches, and bag them for removal. Even if your landscaping is simple, if it’s well-kept it catches the eye.
  • Weed the flowerbeds and along the fences. Prune the overgrown bushes and trees too. Sweep away spider webs and debris from corners and gutters.
  • Wash down the exterior surfaces of the house and wash the windows, so they sparkle.

Now that you’ve completed the basics, move on to the more intricate — and costly — items. These include painting the front door a bold, brilliant hue, and while you’re at it, paint the house trim. Even if you can’t paint the entire house, freshening the door and window trim gives your house the “cared for” feeling that buyers want.

Change out the bulbs in the carriage lights and keep them brightly lit. Do the same with the porch lights. As the seasons change, homebuyers may be seeing your home in the early evening, so illuminate pathways with solar lights or place lights at the base of trees, bushes or architectural details of your home.

If your gutters sag, call out a service technician and get them realigned or repaired. Do the same with the downspouts. If they are dented or smashed on the ends, replace them, so they don’t detract from your home.

If you have time to replant your flower beds, add seasonal blooming flowers or colorful foliage to attract the eye. Even if you can’t replant your beds, set out pots of colorful flowers in the front of your home.

If the front of your home has a long driveway or walkway, consider concrete acid stain to give it a beautiful, new surface. And, if the door at the end of that driveway is dented, droopy or bulges, get it replaced. The R.O.I. is worth it.

About the Author
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Natalie Rakoci

It is more important than ever to have a real estate professional by your side who understands the unique, vibrant communities within the local real estate market. One who proudly works with only the highest ethical and legal standards, while having an optimistic and enthusiastic nature you will appreciate. Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor, Natalie was a Clinical Administrator for the largest healthcare system in Western PA. During nearly two decades of experience in clinical, business development and Administration in healthcare, she learned invaluable lessons about the daily operations of a business that is truly all about people. There are many people involved in a real estate purchase or sale and treating each with the utmost respect, exceptional communication and the highest ethical practice is Natalie’s highest priority.

Natalie first fell in love with the Grand Strand at ten years old during frequent family beach vacations. She moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 2012, and immediately began her full-time career as a real estate professional. Natalie ensures she is well equipped to serve the needs of her clients by consistently attending educational and leadership training, networking events, obtaining various certifications and enjoys serving the surrounding communities.

Natalie’s number one goal is customer satisfaction and she looks forward to the opportunity to earn your business. She understands that buying or selling a home can be a time consuming and emotional experience; her goal is to provide a positive, easy, and seamless process for each of her clients.