Home Selling Tip: Curb Appeal

June 19, 2020

From spending hours deciding what to wear for a first date or dressing to impress for your first interview for your dream job, we can all agree that first impressions matter. When it comes to selling your home, there is no difference.

“Curb appeal” is a term used frequently in real estate and home design. Just as you may window shop while walking by stores, many future homebuyers drive through desired neighborhoods looking for homes that catch their eye. Real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran says to “realize that the buyer walks in and judges the house within the first 30 seconds. So focus on the areas that prospective buyers will see immediately.”

The home exterior is important to 98% of buyers when choosing their home, according to the National Association of REALTORS® Remodeling Impact Report. We have rounded up a list of areas to make improvements when wanting to up your curb appeal and sell your home.


The outside of the home is the first thing that a prospective buyer will see. Landscaping is an easy way to improve the way your home looks without spending too much money. You may think that a multi-million dollar home with beautiful architecture and top-of-the-line features would be on the top of everyone’s dream list, but an unkempt yard could still ruin its chances on the market. Potential buyers are less likely to want to tour a home that is hidden with overgrown weeds, bushes, and debris. By just taking a few hours and mowing the lawn, weeding, and other small tasks, it could make a significant difference in the attraction of buyers to the property.

Front Door

The front door of a home is symbolic of people welcoming their guests. It can also serve as the focal point of the home and can be the perfect canvas for a bright color to attract potential buyers. By choosing a color that is not similar to the other neighboring houses, it could draw attraction as well as complement the house.

Front Porch

Porches can inspire stories and allow people to dream about what the future holds. A potential buyer may see a porch and picture a quiet morning spent with a cup of coffee or swinging on the porch swing with a new baby. A porch also allows space to add beautiful planters with flowers or greenery that instantly elevates the home’s curb appeal. If you live in the South, you may notice that many homes have porches with the ceilings painted haint blue. This is an old Southern tradition said to ward off evil spirits.

Are you thinking of selling your home or have questions about real estate? Reach out to our Director of Relocation, Catharine Pappas at 704.661.2402, or your preferred Dickens Mitchener agent today.