While preparing to sell your home, you’ve likely been told that curb appeal matters to prospective buyers. While curb appeal definitely does matter, sometimes realtors and professionals don’t take the time to explain this aspect of selling to their clients.

What is Curb Appeal?

Curb appeal is essentially a buyer’s first impression of a home they are viewing and the level of attraction they feel to the property from the street view. Before a buyer ever steps into your home, they get cues about the interior aesthetic and maintenance levels, which creates expectations of what lies on the other side of the door.

Why Does Curb Appeal Matter?

Your home’s curb appeal is essentially a marketing tool that determines the level of interest in your property. As mentioned, curb appeal sets expectations in buyers’ minds and can make prospective buyers more or less inclined to view your property.

While making changes to the exterior of your home may feel less important or exciting than extensive interior renovations, it’s actually integral to create that “wow” factor with the exterior of your home. Your home’s curb appeal should entice buyers to inquire further about your property or, at the very least, not turn buyers away.

Does Curb Appeal Add Value to my Home?

On average, homes with well-kept lawns and professional landscaping sell for 7% more than similar homes with exterior blemishes or unattractive front yards.

This may seem minimal, but 7% can make a huge difference when you’re talking about large sums of money. For example, if your home was appraised at $800,000, that 7% increase based on curb appeal could bring offers up by almost $60,000. 

How Do I Add Curb Appeal to my Home?

Simple ways to MAINTAIN your property’s curb appeal include:

        • Proper landscaping and maintenance of your lawn and garden
        • Re-covering an old or damaged roof
        • Cleaning the home’s exterior or refinishing to look new
        • Resealing or cleaning up driveways with cracks, weeds, or other issues
        • Clearing gutters and surrounding areas of debris

Simple ways to ADD to your property’s curb appeal:

        • Swap out your old house numbers for new, modern ones
        • Add outdoor lighting to your gardens and front porch
        • Upgrade your mailbox
        • Refresh the decor on your front porch

Now that you have a firm understanding of what curb appeal means and how it can affect the sale of your home, you can follow these tips to ensure your property is ready to make a great first impression.

If you are thinking about making your real estate move this season, you need a strong team on your side. Whether you are looking to buy or sell property in the Greater Ottawa Area, it is critical that you have a real estate agent on your side who understands your needs. Adam Mills and his team have been in business for over ten years and have a proven track record for success. Our team comprises knowledgeable and experienced professionals who are happy to help you navigate the ever-changing Ottawa real estate market. Please contact us at 613-825-7653 or email us at for more information or help with your relocation.