Getting ready to put your home on the market can be an exhilarating endeavor, filled with dreams of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. But picture this: after the house is listed, weeks turn into months, your home continues to sit on the market, and frustration sets in. The anticipation of a quick sale starts to wane, and you ask yourself, “why isn’t my home attracting buyers?” The answer may be a simple one—curb appeal.  


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That initial impression your home has on buyers can be the difference between a sale and another day of disappointment. But fear not! We have your ultimate list of tips to transform your home’s exterior from lackluster to irresistible. 

So, roll up your sleeves, because it’s time to give your home’s curb appeal a makeover to increase your sale value and have buyers racing to close the deal! 



Investing in Curb Appeal Has Big Benefits When Selling

Curb appeal refers to the visual attractiveness of a property from the street. It’s the potential buyer’s first impression of your home, so it plays a pivotal role in influencing their perception. In fact, 46.2% of respondents in a RE/MAX Twitter poll agreed a shabby exterior was the biggest turn-off when touring homes. When your home exudes curb appeal, it makes prospective buyers more inclined to explore the property further and envision themselves living there. 

First impressions are crucial in the real estate market, and curb appeal sets the stage for the entire home viewing experience. Think about it: 94% of North Americans are searching for properties online, and listing photos almost always open with exterior shots. Buyers are looking for something that stands out from the competition and appeals to them even before they click to learn more—much less tour your home! 

Curb appeal can help you attract buyers and overcome all these challenges. Not only will you sell faster, but there’s a good chance you’ll sell for a higher price! On average, homes with better curb appeal sell at 7% higher cost than ones that look rundown.   


entryway with landscaping, potted flowers, and other welcoming entry decor that offers curb appeal

If the buyer doesn’t like the outside of the home, they probably aren’t interested in exploring further.



10 Ways to Create Amazing Curb Appeal


1. Landscape and Garden: Enhance your home’s exterior by maintaining a well-manicured lawn, planting colorful flowers, and adding attractive shrubbery. 


2. Upgrade the Mailbox: Replace your old mailbox with a new one that complements the style of your home, whether it’s a modern design or a classic mailbox with decorative detailing. Just be sure to follow the U.S. Postal Service’s mailbox regulations. 


3. Paint the Exterior surfaces: Consider giving your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint to revitalize its appearance. A pop of color on the front door is especially attractive. 


Front door painted blue for curb appeal

A nice paint job outside your home can attract buyers to a home.


4. Add Outdoor Lighting: Illuminate your home’s exterior with strategically placed outdoor lighting so buyers can see the beauty of the home at any time of day. 


5. Install Window Dressings: According to HGTV, add charm and color to your windows by installing window boxes and filling them with brightly colored flowers or lush green plants. You can also add shutters to add character and visual appeal to your home’s exterior. 


6. Upgrade Garage Doors: Giving your garage doors a makeover is a great way to boost its value, says Forbes Home. Try replacing or painting them to match the style of your home and add decorative hardware for a polished look. 


Nice wood paneled garage doors that give great curb appeal

Because garage doors are a huge feature on a home, they can greatly impact curb appeal.


7. Create a Welcoming Pathway: Guide visitors to your front door with a well-defined pathway made of stone, brick, or pavers, and enhance it with landscaping elements like flowers or shrubs that color coordinate with the home. 


8. Clean and Pressure Wash: Clean and pressure wash exterior surfaces, including walls, sidewalks, and decks to remove dirt, grime, and mildew, restoring a fresh and pristine appearance. 


9. Swap Out Outdoor Furniture: Replace worn-out outdoor furniture with stylish and weather-resistant pieces that provide comfort and enhance the overall look of your outdoor areas. 


10. Make Necessary Repairs and Updates: Buyers will be more attracted to homes that require less maintenance. Address any needed repairs or replacements such as missing roof shingles, cracks in the driveway, and worn-out hardware 


Person resealing driveway

Resealing the driveway can dramatically change how buyers perceive the home.


Metropolitan Title Has Your Back

The importance of curb appeal in the selling process cannot be understated. By focusing on enhancing the visual appeal of the home’s exterior, you can attract more potential buyers, increase interest, and potentially achieve a higher selling price. 

Metropolitan Title is here to support you throughout the selling process. As Indiana’s Title Company, we provide exceptional title and closing services to help you navigate the real estate transaction with confidence. Contact us today to see how we can assist you in achieving a successful home sale.  

Want to make sure to keep buyer’s interest when they tour the inside of your home? Check out our 10 home staging tips to help seal the deal! 


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