Curb Appeal Checklist: 8 Tips to Improve the Exterior Look of Your Home

Do you think staging is just for the interior of your home?  🙂  Truth be told, the exterior of your home is just as important, if not more important for potential buyers. The outside of a home is what they see first on a listing or when driving up to the property. It’s important to make a good first impression. The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” does not apply to homes! With that in mind, let’s talk about the eight top tips for improving the curb appeal and making the exterior of your home shine:

1. Mow and Fertilize the Lawn

This seems so basic, but a nice green, well-manicured lawn really exemplifies pride of ownership. It will also grab buyers’ attention on a listing. There’s nothing worse than an unkept yard because a buyer will just assume the inside is unkept as well and move on.

Green Exterior Home with Curb Appeal in Home and Landscape

Staged property in Meridian Kessler of Indianapolis. Listed by Corbett & Company. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

2. Mulch and Weed Beds

Continuing on the well-manicured theme, be sure to add fresh mulch to your flower beds. This is another great way to show buyers your yard is well-maintained. Mulch also brings definition between the grass and your flower beds. And, remove any weeds that may have popped up for a clean look.

Modern Farmhouse Home with Curb Appeal

Staged property in Zionsville, Indiana. Builder Gradison Design Build. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

3. Remove Overgrown Trees and Prune Shrubs

Beautiful trees and landscaping also reflect the care and attention you put into your yard. Make sure trees are trimmed appropriately to remove any dead or oversized limbs. You’ll also want to prune your shrubs and plants.

White Modern Farmhouse with Curb Appeal

Staged property in Meridian Kessler of Indianapolis. Builder Josh Loewen. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

4. Add Planters With Flowers Near the Front Door

When a buyer walks up to your front door, you want them to feel like they have arrived at their home. Planters filled with seasonal flowers is the perfect way to achieve a welcome home feeling. We love pansies in the spring because they add beautiful, bright pops of color and are cold hardy.  Be sure to ask your local garden center what is best for your yard.

Stunning Brick Home and Landscape that Creates Curb Appeal

Staged property in Carmel, Indiana. Listed by Andrea Kelly. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

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5. Add a Wreath and Door Mat

A simple but elegant wreath can also add a lovely pop of color to your front door. Ranunculus, forsythia, and tulips are all great choices. Also be sure to replace your door mat for a fresh, clean look.

Modern Home With Beautiful Landscape and Exterior that creates Curb Appeal to Buyers

Staged property in Carmel, Indiana. Listed by Ryan Hoesli. Photography by Leslie Perry.

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6. Inspect the Exterior Elements of the Home

Make sure that your paint, woodwork, brick/stone or other exterior façade elements all look good. If any element needs repairs, be sure to address them before you list as it will save you the hassle after a home inspection identifies any issues.

A Blue Home With Curb Appeal

Staged property in Kennedy Kingdom of Indianapolis. Listed by Matthew Meyers. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

7. Inspect Driveway and Sidewalks for Any Cracks

Make sure to thoroughly inspect your driveway and sidewalks for any imperfections and fix them as needed. Use concrete patch to fix any pitting/cracking or if they are in good shape, use a sealant to keep your surfaces protected from future wear.

Curb Appeal of an Exterior Gray & Blue Home

Staged property in Zionsville, Indiana. Builder by Williams Custom Art Builders. Listed by Trina Einterz Roth. Photography by Indy 360 Photography.

8. Refresh the Deck With a New Coat of Paint or Stain

A fresh new coat of paint or stain on your deck will make a HUGE difference. If you have a patio, make sure the pavers are in good condition, are even, and free of any weeds popping through. Outdoor furniture and accessories such as bright pillows, a rug, and flower planters can also add pops of color and make the space feel even more inviting.

Outdoor Space to Create Curb Appeal

Staged property in Zionsville, Indiana. Builder Gradison Design Build. Photography by The Home Aesthetic.

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By ensuring all the above elements are taken care of, your home is sure to attract positive attention from buyers. It also saves them from the hassle of doing exterior projects they may not want to tackle. If you need help staging your home for the market, please reach out to us! We offer in person and virtual consults.