Curb Appeal Improvements?

Asked by Lynn Anderson, San Francisco, CA Fri May 11, 2012

What are the best things I can do to increase the curb appeal of my home?

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Chris, Home Buyer, Carmel, CA
Fri May 18, 2012
This is probably more of a question for a realtor, but as a licensed building contractor I have noticed that any home listed for sale will generate more interest and excitement if the exterior of the house and the grounds surrounding it are fresh and orderly-looking. A front yard cluttered with overgrown shrubs, debris or rusting car parts certainly turns people away. Even if the house needs a complete remodel, make it easy for the potential buyer to see their dream house when they look at your home's potential. My answer assumes your house does need some work. If it doesn't need any work, I would say that the best advice is still to keep it's first impression "easy on the eyes".

Chris Wells
Christopher Wells Construction, Inc.
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Rosemary Williams
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Marie Souza…, Agent, Centerville, MA
Thu Jun 21, 2012
What did you decide to do? We like to hear updates when we give advice!
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Dan, Both Buyer And Seller, Oakland, CA
Mon May 28, 2012
This depends on existing conditions, but, generally I would consider

Front windows and door or doors
inexpensive changes to the "shape" of the front walls (styrofoam and stucco"

We have been considered for several TV shows and have done one "Curb Appeal" show in Oakland. Time spent on the initial design is very important. And having a contolling budget.

Good Luck

Dan Martinez
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Marcos, Home Owner, San Francisco, CA
Thu May 17, 2012
Painting interior / upgrading kitchen & baths
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Wes Black, Agent, Louisville, KY
Thu May 17, 2012
Be sure all painted surfaces look great. Bushes trimmed or if ratty looking replace with new bushes and plenty of mulch. Plant flowers if possible. Be sure front door paint and look is perfect. Driveway should look darn near perfect. Be sure roof is in great shape!
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David Tapper, Agent, Burlingame, CA
Sat May 12, 2012
This is a great question and one that is worth $10's of thousands. It all starts here, when the buyers pull up to the house. Many are already sold before they even go inside because you can always remodel to your liking.

Besides fresh paint and flowers, maybe add some trim around the windows, two tone paint, clean windows, nice walk way, flowers on the porch, nice front door. If the porch needs painting or the steps, don't try to save money.

Stag the outside just like you would the inside.

Good luck.

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Bev Smucha, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Sat May 12, 2012
The obvious; landscaping and painting. If you cannot paint your home, at the least wash the the exterior
and paint the trim so it looks clean and fresh. Plotted flowering plants on the stairs looks great.
Good luck.
Bev Smucha
Soval Realty
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Jed Lane, Agent, Petaluma, CA
Fri May 11, 2012
Drive up to it as if you are seeing it for the first time. Are there any negatives that draw your attention? Take care of them.
Get rid of the negative distractions and accentuate the positives. Then carry that through the rest of the house all the way to the end of the property.
A buyer should be able to view the entire property without any negative distraction hitting them.
An example would be your hous was painted less than five years ago and looks OK. There is one spot that has cracked paint. First hose off the entire face and then fix the blemish. In the back you have a nice long view but the yard is overgrown. Fix the yard so that when buyers see the view they are not put off by the yard. When the buyer sees negatives they deduct value.
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Oggi Kashi, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri May 11, 2012
Assuming you are referring to a single family home, there are many things you can address to maximize curb appeal. Many items can possibly cost little to nothing to remedy. It all starts on the inside with furniture items, shapes, colors and window treatments that are readily visible from the street, and it move forward all the way to the curb. Consider having a no-strings assessment of your property. If interested, please give my office a call.


Oggi Kashi - 415.690.3792 direct
Broker Associate, Paragon Real Estate Group CA DRE 01844627
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Davey Cetina, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri May 11, 2012
The word 'best' is a little subjective- but if you look at it from a numbers perspective, the improvement with the best return on investment is replacing the front door with a steel entry door- 102.1% ROI.

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Davey Cetina
Buyer’s Specialist | DRE# 01887446

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Marie Souza…, Agent, Centerville, MA
Fri May 11, 2012
Good advice below. Potted flowers are also a nice touch.
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Isaac Wigley, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Fri May 11, 2012
The first thing people will see about your home is the front of the house and front yard; so make sure you have:
1. your lawn freshly trimmed
2.your house freshly painted and/or powerwashed
3. photograph your home during the peak time for best light

That is a great first step. For the next steps, feel free to ask. :)

isaac Wigley-Realtor BHG Mason McDuffie
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