Year-Round Curb Appeal Tips

Curb Appeal TipsWhen it comes to buying and selling houses, curb appeal is critical. Who wants to buy a house that isn’t well-kept and inviting on the outside? In fact, an online Harris Poll survey conducted by Briggs & Stratton of 2,000 adults found that 65 percent of homeowners said that their yard or lawn had a lot or some influence on their purchase of their current home.

But here’s the funny part. In that same survey, only 47 percent of homeowners with a yard/lawn felt that their yard/lawn has a lot of curb appeal. So, what gives? Why aren’t most of us maintaining yards that we feel have curb appeal?

Why is curb appeal only for real-estate transactions? Shouldn’t we try to maintain a nice-looking, inviting yard all the time regardless of the season?

I believe the issue is a combination of intimidation and time. Some of us are intimidated by seemingly big projects while others simply assume that ramping up your curb appeal will take a lot of time.

The truth is, there are many things you can do to improve your yard’s curb appeal that don’t take a lot of expertise or time. A little web searching will provide you with a ton of ideas for simple ways to improve curb appeal. Below are some to get you started.

Warm Weather Curb Appeal Tips

  • Obviously, a well-maintained lawn is the place to start. It’s the centerpiece of the front of your house. So keep it cut and healthy and if you’re ambitious, even consider striping it for an extra special look.
  • A coat of paint can do wonders. And it doesn’t have to be the whole entire house if it doesn’t need it. Maybe the door or shutters could simply use a little refresh to clean things up.
  • A potted flowering plant on the front stairs or porch not only adds a pop of color, but can show that you put some extra care into your home and its appearance. Just remember to keep it watered and trimmed!

Wintertime Curb Appeal

Here in Wisconsin (and all over the northern part of the country) we have an added challenge when it comes to curb appeal. It’s called winter.

But even snow, short days and bare trees are no match for creativity and a little bit of work. There is no reason that your home can’t be appealing and inviting even in the winter months.

  • Consider a splash of color like red or green to stand out in the white and grey of winter. Boughs of evergreens in a red window box can work wonders to brighten up your home’s exterior.
  • White lights in trees or shrubs shouldn’t be limited to holiday time. Use them throughout the winter.
  • And of course, keep the snow blower or shovel handy. A clear driveway and front path are probably the most important thing you can do in the winter to maintain curb appeal.

For more ideas on how to improve your home’s curb appeal in the winter, our friends at HGTV have some great tips.

Hopefully you’ve been inspired a bit to take on a small project to improve your homes curb appeal, whether or not it’s for sale. And just maybe the next time we conduct our survey, more of you will report that your home has some great curb appeal!

Survey Methodology: The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of Briggs & Stratton from July 22-24, 2015 among 2,039 adults age 18 and older, among 1,740 have a yard/lawn and 1,228 are homeowners that have a yard/lawn The online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact jniosi@lsb.com.

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