24/7 Emergency Services for
Chicago's North Shore & Lake County

The Homeowner's Complete Guide To Curb Appeal

What is curb appeal?

Curb appeal is the value that you would give a home based on just its exterior. It is the attractiveness of the landscaping, home exterior, and likewise that you could judge from passing by the home.

Why is it important?

If you are selling your home in the near future, curb appeal is crucial for getting potential buyers to visit your home. Curb appeal gives the first impression to a potential homebuyer. It is the reason they may choose to be shown the indoors.

If you are not selling your home, curb appeal is something you can be proud of. When you get to come home to a beautiful view, it brings your energy up! You can show off the home you live in and take care of, and your neighbors will thank you too!

How much can curb appeal increase your home value?

 

Truly, there is no definitive ROI from investing in curb appeal, but experts like John Gidding from the show Curb Appeal say that he has seen numbers from 100%-1000% return. That is an outstanding ROI that you do not see very often in the market!

In John’s opinion, if you are improving curb appeal to sell the home, keep the buyer in mind. A big garden or thorny rose bushes may seem like a hassle to a potential buyer. Keep it simple with semi-permanent things like potted plants or outdoor lighting.

If you are adding curb appeal for personal reasons, the sky is your limit when it comes to redesigning your exterior!

How much should you invest in curb appeal?

The rule of thumb is to invest about 10% of your homes total value into your home exterior revamp. This is just a general guideline on what that project may be worth in the market.

But if you cannot afford to invest that much, there are cheaper fixes as well. Even small things like replacing your front door, repainting your siding, or adding flowers can make a big difference.

Before you start your curb appeal upgrade you should:

office 620822 1920

  1. Take the time to make a list of your main problem areas.

  2. Rank them by importance so that you can find your priorities.

  3. Find your budget. You should choose an amount for what you would like to stay under and what you absolutely cannot go over.

  4. See what you can actually complete.

How to improve your curb appeal

To give you some ideas on where you should start, here are some ways to improve your curb appeal:

 

Clean up

The most simple and cheap idea of all! Take the time to clean up in and around your home.

Trim your grass

Keep up with your grass by mowing it every time it gets long. It shows that your home is well kept and makes a big difference in appearance.

Remove weeds and edge the yard

Pick out all of your weeds and spray problem areas so they do not come back. Then, edge the yard to give it a crisp finish.

Plant flowers

Flowers really make a home stand out. There are so many colors and types to choose from. Use all of the options to show off your personality. If you are selling your home, it might be smart to plant the flowers in pots so that the next owners can change them if they want.

Put mulch or rocks around plants

After you plant the flowers, put mulch or rocks around the plants to make them pop! Not only is it a significant change in appearance, but it also helps the plants stay healthy.

Replace or paint your doors

If your door is in good shape, give it another coat of paint to enhance the color and give it a clean look. If it is worn or dented, it might be time to replace the door.

Give your roof an upgrade

Check your roof for missing or loose shingles. Then assess if it is time to have it fixed or redone.

Install new siding

Fiber cement siding is very popular these days because you are able to repaint the siding at any time. This is a little bit more expensive, but you can usually sell your home for a higher price with this added feature. If you are not looking to invest, vinyl siding can still really improve the look of your home.

Add outdoor lighting

Illuminate all of your hard work. Put lights on your home for safety, but also in your landscaping. A well-lit house really sticks out in the night time

Spruce up the mailbox

If your mailbox is rusting or dented, buy a new one. Otherwise, you can give it a fresh coat of paint and clean up the area around it.

Make a pathway to your front door

Make a pathway with stones, wood, or other materials toward your front door to make it more welcoming.

Shape trees and shrubs

Unruly shrubs or plants make a home look dirty. Trim them down every once in awhile to keep them healthy.

Clean your windows

The ground level windows are an easy job. Just take some window cleaner and a rag to wipe down the windows. But also focus on the top windows of your home. This may take a professional depending on how hard it is to access them.

Get your driveway in shape

If your driveway is just dirty, you can just power wash it to make it look brand new. But if there are potholes or other blemishes, consider having it refinished.

Decorate

Add a door mat, patio furniture, lawn gnomes or otherwise to personalize your home and make it more welcoming.

Tips for success

  1. Leave room in your budget for unexpected costs

  2. Talk to professionals if you need help with landscaping your home exterior remodel

  3. Slow and steady wins the race- take your time on each project

  4. Have a plan with a timeline and deliverables

For more tips, check out our blog!