How to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

Hanna KielarJuly 19, 2019

Summer is a popular season to put your home on the market. If you are planning to list your home for sale any time soon, you are definitely going to want to make a point of assessing your home’s curb appeal before you do so.

Why Curb Appeal Is Important

The very first thing that house hunters are going to notice about your home is its exterior. The exterior of your home is a buyer’s first impression, if they don’t like how the outside of your house looks, it is unlikely that they will want to come inside. It is important to add curb appeal to your home in order to attract potential buyers.

By focusing on the landscaping of your front yard, you can make your home feel fresh and modern. A beautiful exterior can make your house stand out from all the others on the multiple listing service (MLS).

These curb appeal tips can help your home become the most charming house on the block.

Make The Front Yard Inviting

Take a good look at your home from the street. It’s so easy to walk past something every day and not really see it. Sometimes it helps to take a photo of the front of your home so that you can look at the space objectively.

What stands out to you?

Ideally, beautiful aspects of your home’s architecture and decor will be the focus. If you are instead drawn to negative aspects of the yard or exterior, write the problems down and make a plan to address each item.

Have A Clear Walkway

The walkway is the first path into your home and should be welcoming. Any sidewalks or paths in front of your house should be clean and free of debris.

Use an edger to clean up any plant growth alongside the walkway. Take the time to power-wash any concrete surfaces.

Add A Flower Garden

Summer flowers are a great way to add pops of seasonal color to your space. Hanging or potted plants can brighten up a space, especially right before real estate showings. Adding vertical height to your porch with hanging plants draws the eye up and makes the porch look bigger.

If your front porch looks like it needs a little something extra, consider adding a raised flower bed. Adding definition around flowers makes them look like a permanent part of the home’s architecture and not just a temporary piece of decor.

Add Lighting

Exterior lighting can improve the look as well as the function of your home. There are a few options for exterior lights.

You can add hardwired lights on either side of the door or garage. If you have a large porch, you can add hardwired lights or fans there as well. This will likely require hiring an electrician if you do not have specialized electrical knowledge.

A simpler option is to add plug-in lights. Cafe style string lights can be very beautiful when strung across a large porch.

Another option for exterior lighting is to add spotlights to your home. Spotlights come in plug-in and solar options. You will want to look at the choices at your local hardware store and assess what is best for your space.


You want to be sure that all of your landscaping is neat and tidy. A few things to make sure you take care of:

·      Mow the grass and trim the edges

·      Use a trimmer to cut off any dead or poorly located branches

·      Deadhead all of your flowering plants

·      Neatly trim bushes

If your yard needs a lot of work or if you just don’t want to do it yourself, hire a landscaper to get the space into shape for you. Sometimes hiring a specialist for a job like this once will show you what you should be doing, and you can maintain from there.

Keeping The House Clean

Be sure to clean the outside of your home. You might need to have the house power-washed to clean off any mildew or growth. Use a damp rag to wipe down your front door and the outside of all of your windows.

Be sure to sweep or blow off your porch before each real estate showing. This will help the space look more beautiful and can also help to keep leaves and dirt from being tracked into your home.

Don’t Forget The Backyard

While your front yard will be giving the first impression, it is also important to have an attractive backyard.

Landscape the space like you do in the front – trimming grass, pulling weeds and carefully removing any dead or misplaced tree limbs.

Pick up any toys, lawn equipment or outdoor supplies. It is okay to set up some things, like a pair of Adirondack chairs around a fire pit, but keep your backyard clear of clutter for the most part.

Talk to your real estate agent about whether it would be worth the investment to add a patio to your backyard space. Depending on what is standard in your area, buyers might expect a formally defined outdoor dining area.

Your curb appeal can make-or-break the sale of your house. With these tips, it will help make your house a more inviting home and grab potential buyers’ interest.

Hanna Kielar

Hanna Kielar is a Section Editor for Rocket Auto℠, RocketHQ℠, and Rocket Loans® with a focus on personal finance, automotive, and personal loans. She has a B.A. in Professional Writing from Michigan State University.