Curb Appeal Before and After

If you’re thinking about selling your home and researching blogs, you’ve likely come across many posts about how to increase your curb appeal and the amazing before and after photos.

As I write this post, 2020 is proving to be an important year to make sure your house looks its best.

People are very hesitant to leave their houses right now, and spend a lot of time judging a house by looking at the photos. If the pictures aren’t appealing, they move on to the next house on the list.

With the pandemic still ongoing, home buyers aren’t willing to risk visiting a house unless it truly excites them.

Your curb appeal is more important today than ever before. If you believe that first impressions don’t make a difference, here are some stats for you:

photo credit: struttandparker.com

I’d say those are very telling stats.

I Practice What I Preach

When my wife and I decided we needed to move closer to the kids school and we wanted more yard space, I began to look at where I could increase the appeal in our house.

The first thing that came to mind was our front porch:

buyer-first-impression

We always said we wanted to fix it up because the floor boards were uneven, the ginger breading was atrocious, the posts and rails were painted with interior paint so it was bubbling and peeling.

Not to mention, who the hell likes a blue porch?

Seeing as it was one of the original farm houses in the area, I wanted to bring out that character in it and decided cedar planks would really compliment the look of the front of the house.

Before the contractor brought in his crew to begin demolition, I removed the extremely dated ornate ginger breading, used a wire brush to remove the old flaking paint and applied caulking everywhere there were unsightly gaps.

The demolition took a day and the new deck and railings were built in two days.

With a new coat of paint on the posts and beams, it looked amazing. A quick coat of matte black on the front door tied it all together.

Time to Landscape

With the porch complete, it was obvious that the landscaping was dragging the curb appeal down big time.

It’s amazing how a few plants, lots of dark mulch and repurposed rocks can change the look and feel of the front yard.

With the front of the house updating and looking dapper, the focus went to the inside of the house.

Something Was Bugging Me

As amazing as the house looked with its new facelift, there was something that bothered me each to I’d get home and looked at it but I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

Back inside, there were a couple of rooms that needed painting. I hate painting so rather than begrudgingly do a half-assed, amateur job myself, I hired college-pro painters to do it.

One morning when the painters were half way through the project, I was sitting on the front porch having my morning coffee when the mail was delivered and Dwell magazine was part of it.

There on the front cover was the missing piece to what was bugging me about the curb appeal of my house:

Excitedly I ran to the project coordinator and asked if this could be done to my house.

She was confused.

“Can the white siding be painted black?”

Now it made sense.

She said it could but would take about 3 days to do. When she told me the cost, $1,500, I couldn’t pay her fast enough.

That $1,500 would put the curb appeal over the top and would pay me back at least tenfold.

The Big Reveal

The end result was nothing short of spectacular and made us wonder if maybe we should keep the house a little longer because it was so pleasing to drive up to especially at night.

after-curb-appeal

Seeing as the house looked so darn good, I decided to list for quite a high price compared to the area sales.

We had 10 showings the first 3 hours on the market.

The house sold for full price, unconditionally later that same day, and for a lot more than any other house with a similar square footage.

So, if you don’t think curb appeal makes a difference, think again. It does.