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What Does Curb Appeal Mean to You?

by Neil Castellane 07/21/2019

What is curb appeal? The definition is a different concept for everyone, no doubt. First, let's state that it is not a bundle of money you do not have spent to impress someone you do not know. However, it’s purpose is to attract people you do not know. Well, at least that is the purpose when it comes to real estate and the selling of real estate. It also is a standard that may be set by the HOA to maintain the values of the homes in the neighborhood. Those standards may be why they only want certain colors used to paint exteriors or require that the grass not exceed six inches in length, etc.

If you want to have a home with curb appeal, the simplest and easiest way is to take care of the everyday chores. A home stops being attractive as things are left undone. So let's try first to keep it picked up. It's kind of like your kid's room. If one toy remains on the floor, it still looks okay, but a week later if one additional toy remains on the floor every time toys have been played with the room is a mess. 

So let's keep things picked up. If some trash has blown through, do not just ignore that plastic bag stuck to a tree, pick it up. If you see a weed or two in the garden, do not just say "I will take care of that on Saturday" because by then it could be 50 weeds and now it is a big project. If you cannot afford a regular gardener, then you must put mowing the lawn and trimming the bushes and trees into part of your regular schedule. Do not leave everything to the weekend. Everyone wants to do something fun on the weekend and not work. Take 30 minutes every other day to trim a bush, rake some leaves or mow the front yard. Just keeping a front yard trimmed and picked up keeps the "curb appeal" high. 

If you want to take curb appeal up a notch, you can go to your local hardware/garden shop and get a few flowering plants and some inexpensive pots and place those decorative plants in the flowerbed and along the sidewalks and steps. Basic color gives a great new look. Do not forget to keep them watered, especially if your sprinkler system does not reach them.

Finally, paint. If you do not have any leftover paint, take some time to get a little quart of exterior paint that matches the trim and doors. You do not always need to do a complete paint job; sometimes a simple touch up here and there keeps a house looking fresh. If your home is brick or siding, once every three to six months - depending on the weather in your area - wash the house. The home lives outdoors in the rain and wind and sun and collects stuff. That stuff makes a home look dingy and drab. Wash it off. You will think you have a new home. 

Keeping your home's "curb appeal" takes a little time and care. But when you are ready to sell, it is not nearly as much work to get it ready for market. Enjoy your home and treat it well. Invest in its upkeep, and it will treat you well when you are ready to sell.

About the Author
Author

Neil Castellane

About Neil

I have been selling Real Estate in the Lowcountry for over 21 years. With sales of over $100 Million and hundreds of transactions under my belt, I have the knowledge, experience and proven track record to help you find a new home or sell your property. I am a member and former board member of the Hilton Head Area Association Realtors. I am also a member of community service based organizations including VanLandingham Rotary and have spent multiple years on the board, and am a founding member of the the local Civitan organization.  

About Larry

I have been working with buyers and sellers on Hilton Head for 30 years. I know the Island and the Lowcountry area and have been tuned into the dynamics and changes that have taken place here over these many years. I have specialized in new construction and ocean oriented property in the Lowcountry. However, I have represented clients in over a quarter of a billion dollars in sales all over Hilton Head Island and Bluffton and in all types of property.  I am a member of the Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors and a lifetime member of the Distinguished Sales Award.  My wife, Dawn, and I have 3 children - Jonathan, Stephen, and Abigail.  All of us enjoy being involved in the community, primarily through sports, school, and church. I came down here to sell real estate and have never looked back.  I can’t imagine a better place to live and raise a family.  I can help you with villas, golf-oriented properties, plantation homes, oceanfront or rental opportunities.  Call me today for any and all of your real estate needs in the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and Lowcountry area or e-mail me at [email protected].

My Promise to you

Contact me today and get the representation you need to find property on Hilton Head Island and the surrounding Low Country. Get the facts: Rental quotes, costs and hidden fees, past sales, floor plans, current MLS and FSBO listings, even properties that are not currently listed for sale yet. I have the knowledge and experience to give you ONLY the BEST service and all at NO COST TO YOU!!! My record speaks for itself and my clients will tell you, ALL OF THEM!!! Desire...that sums up my persona in one word. The desire to accomplish goals in the work place, in the community, and in my personal life. Since moving to Hilton Head Island and working with the Charter One Realty, that concept is stronger than ever. A resident for over 21 Years, I have already established a foot hold in the community.