Don’t Underestimate the Power of Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is often talked about when selling a residential home, however, it applies just as frequently to the commercial building or space. If you want to improve the market value, curb appeal matters. Locations with great curb appeal usually command higher prices and spend less time on the market.

Luckily there are simple, inexpensive ways to help your building impress buyers.

1) Make it sparkle. Walk around the outside and take note of what looks dirty: windows, downspouts, gutters, siding, and doors. These can usually be tackled with soapy water and a scrub brush. For a bigger job, consider using a pressure washer.

2) Coat of paint. Updating the color of your door, trim, or shutters may help your building look newer and more modern.

3) Replace hardware. Don’t overlook your building address numbers, entry door locksets, doorbells, mailboxes, or light fixtures. These elements add visual interest, but can detract from the appeal if they show years of wear. Replace, clean, or paint pieces that have become dingy or out of date.

4) Update landscaping. Planting a tree is a great way to add long-lasting dimension and appeal. Consider flanking the front entry with trees or shrubs. Add a pop of color by placing flower planters or adding window boxes to front-facing windows. Or simply make sure the lawns are being mowed before showings.

5) Incorporate outdoor art. For an outside the box idea, bring some art into the space leading up to your entry door. It could be as simple as a birdbath, bird feeder, or hanging windchimes; or as unique as a one-of-a-kind sculpture from a local artist.


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