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10 Curb Appeal Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value

Bryan & Siobhan Ulnick

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

The Ulnick’s are among the most successful real estate partnerships in coastal orange county and bring over 35 years of real estate experience inclu...

Oct 3 6 minutes read

A first impression doesn't come around twice. That's why it's called a first impression! The same goes for your home. 

Because the truth is that home buyers won't give your house a second thought if the outside isn't appealing - even if the interior is stunning. If you're looking to increase the value of your home, there a few inexpensive curb appeal tips you can put to work for you. And, when you do decide to sell your home, you're prepared to list for greater value and sell much faster.

The Ulnick Group has your back! We want you to be successful. Increasing your home's value can feel overwhelming, but not if you have an expert on your side and not if you put these curb appeal tips to work for you! 

There’s a lot of preparation that goes into getting your home ready for sale, whether you start now or later. We know there are many reasons you fell in love with your home. Our job is to help you tell this story and make home buyers fall in love, too. We want buyers to know what makes your home special ❤️

Let’s take a look at how we help you increase your home's value with curb appeal…

A fresh coat of paint goes a long way! New paint immediately gives your house a fresh new look. That's why we consider this step number one in many home makeovers. No matter your budget, painting promises a return on investment. Just don't forget to include your picket fence around your yard or the trims around your eaves in the paint job!

Before you invest anything else in your home, take a look at your yard, sidewalk, and entryway! If your house is the picture, the landscaping is the frame and the frame should accent the picture. Tall trees or shrubs can make your home look smaller - give these a trim. Where landscaping is sparse, add ground cover and pops of color for dimension. In most cases, a few hours of tidying up your property makes all the difference!

If your home feels standard, consider adding attractive trim or stone accents! Think specialty hardware, metal finishes, and decorative fixtures. From the structure itself to the front walkway, there are many opportunities for turning a traditional property into a period piece. Paint a unique picture of what your home has to offer!

Don't forget to welcome your visitors! Little bits of charm make a home feel more inviting. You can add a sitting bench and walkway lighting to start. If you have a larger porch or patio out front, take advantage of the space with additional furniture or an outdoor rug. You can never go wrong with bringing the inside out with wall decor or throw pillows!

What is more welcoming than a brightly colored front door? This is a great way to draw attention to your house. Because the front door should be the focal point for your home's exterior. Uplevel your curb appeal with a rich colorful hue, updated door hardware, or a new door knocker. Have fun with it!

Don't overcomplicate this one! Updating your walkway could be as easy as pressure washing the concrete or adding colored mulch to your landscaping. We are looking for contrast between the walkway and the surrounding yard. The secret here is that contrast adds length and elegance to your entryway. Keep it simple! 

Speaking of simple, symmetry is the oldest play in the book! Everyone knows that symmetry is pleasing to the eye. And, guess what? It is also easy to create. When you are planning door hardware, light fixtures, potted plants, outdoor furniture, or updated landscape, find the right balance. Take this from our playbook and boost your curb appeal!

What is one of the first things people see? Your mailbox. There a few things that come between the sidewalk and the entryway. Take advantage of this precious real estate to add a piece of curb appeal! 

Dress up your house! Shutters and trim add a layer of beauty to your home. Accents draw the eye to the overall architecture of your home and increase the appeal of the big picture. There is something to be said for upgrades that are noticeable from the minute someone steps out onto your curb. This is a big one!

Curb appeal is in the details! If your home has an outdated gutter system, odds are that your house is also suffering from peeling paint, encroaching rust, or other problems that convey a sense of neglect. Best practice is to replace the old gutters with vinyl gutters. It may be last on the list, but you'll be surprised how the small things add up!


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