10 Ways You’re Killing Your Curb Appeal

If you plan on selling your home, your home’s curb appeal can give your house a major boost on the market. We know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but no matter how lovely the inside of your home, your lawn could be steering people away. We’ve compiled ten ways you could be killing your curb appeal and what you can do to fix it:

An overgrown yard with thick grasses and long weeds decreases curb appeal
For a prospective homebuyer, an unkempt yard is an immediate red flag.

1. Overgrown Lawn

Going ‘au naturel’ may be in vogue this season when it comes to grooming your brows, but not when it comes to your lawn maintenance. When a prospective homebuyer is pulling up to your home from the street, your lawn is the first thing they will notice. An unkempt yard is an immediate red flag: If you do not spend time taking care of your lawn, what other home maintenance has been neglected? This bad impression will stay with potential buyers as throughout the home tour. 

Also,  watch for overgrown ivy. Don’t ruin unruly ivy run wild across the very face of your home, upstaging the beautiful brick facade or freshly-painted siding. Cut it back or get rid of it entirely if you want to drastically improve your curb appeal.

Brown, dead grass decreases curb appeal
A dead or dying yard is just as bad (if not worse!) than an overgrown yard.

2. Dead Yard

On the opposite end of the lawn spectrum, a dead or dying yard is just as bad (if not worse!) than an overgrown yard. Unless you are the Wicked Witch, your yard should not invoke fear and foreboding! Make sure to routinely clear out dead branches and leaves, and keep your lawn hydrated! 

Figurines, toys, and ugly lawn ornaments decrease curb appeal
Don’t overwhelm potential homebuyers with clutter.

3. Decrepit Lawn Ornaments 

Don’t be THAT neighbor with a front yard full of figurines, toys, and ugly lawn ornaments. Store your children’s toys inside, in the garage, or in the shed. Say goodbye to your garden gnomes and gazing balls. Add your personal flair to curb appeal without overwhelming passersby by accenting your landscaping with one or two lawn decorations.

A home sticking out like a sore thumb decreases curb appeal
If your home sticks out from the neighborhood like a sore thumb, it will hurt your chances of selling your home.

4. Being the Neighborhood Misfit

When you are trying to attract potential homebuyers, you may think it is important for your home to stand out from the crowd. On the flip side, if your home sticks out like a sore thumb, it will hurt your chances of selling your home.

To make sure visitors love your home, don’t veer too far away from your neighborhood’s style. Small, classy changes to your exterior can give your home a unique taste compared to your neighbors, but avoid clashing. 

wild exterior paint colors decrease curb appeal
Avoid wild colors or patterns when painting your home’s exterior.

5. Wild Exterior Paint Colors

Avoid wild colors or patterns when painting your home’s exterior. Being an eyesore is the last thing you want when trying to sell your home. With homebuyers, neutral colors will win every time. If you need to update your home’s exterior, try painting it white or gray. An important caveat: Your front door is the very heart of your curb appeal. Give it extra ‘oomph’ by painting it a bold color like red or blue. 

Garbage cans decrease curb appeal
Put your garbage cans away.

6. Unsightly Garbage Cans

This should go without saying: Put your garbage cans away! Do not store your garbage cans out front. Take them to the back or even build a privacy fence that hides them from the street when not in use. 

Clogged gutters and other neglect decrease curb appeal
Clogged gutters can put a serious damper on your home’s market value.

7. Neglect

Obvious neglect can put a serious damper on your home’s market value. Stained siding, wood rot, cracked paint, rusted carport, and clogged gutters all detract from your home’s market value, and will likely leave a negative impression with potential homebuyers. Luckily, these are all relatively easy fixes if you are able to put some effort into revitalizing your curb appeal.

High maintenance landscapes decrease curb appeal
Too many plants will make your yard look like a maintenance nightmare.

8. High Maintenance Landscapes

Plants are beautiful, great ways to intensify your curb appeal—especially on a budget. But too much of a good thing can hurt you when trying to sell your home. Too many plants will make your yard look like a maintenance nightmare. They also hide and distract from the house itself. Simplify your landscaping, and be sure your plants highlight—not hide—your home’s features.

Cluttered driveway and porch decrease curb appeal
Keep your front entrance light and airy by keeping your front porch and the surrounding area clean.

9. Cluttered Driveway & Porch

Clearing your driveway and porch of furniture, storage containers, and knick knacks will make your space look bigger, brighter, and much more inviting! Keep your front entrance light and airy by keeping your front porch and the surrounding area clean.

Want more advice on cleaning your home? Check out these pro cleaning tips.

Porch flags can decrease curb appeal
When it comes to selling your home—especially in the South—make sure you swap out your college flag with a generic, American or state flag.

10. Porch Flags

When it comes to selling your home—especially in the South—make sure you swap out your college flag with a generic, American or state flag. North Carolina Tar Heels, Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, and Wake Forest Demon Deacons rivalries can run deep! You don’t want a flag to leave a negative impression with potential homebuyers.

At the End of the Day

You don’t have to break the bank to improve your home’s curb appeal. These updates offer significant bang for your buck—especially if you plan on putting your home on the market.

Read three more tips on selling your home for the most money.

Want to sell your home? Contact the Marti Hampton Team!

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