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Curb Appeal (by WMH [NC]) Jan 13, 2023 7:52 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Jan 13, 2023 8:44 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Pat [VA]) Jan 13, 2023 9:23 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Roy [AL]) Jan 13, 2023 9:36 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Deb [OR]) Jan 13, 2023 10:25 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Dee Ann [WI]) Jan 13, 2023 11:34 PM
       Curb Appeal (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 14, 2023 12:02 AM
       Curb Appeal (by Larry [MN]) Jan 14, 2023 11:47 AM
       Curb Appeal (by myob [GA]) Jan 14, 2023 2:32 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Jan 14, 2023 3:20 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jan 14, 2023 8:45 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 15, 2023 5:17 AM
       Curb Appeal (by BillW [NJ]) Jan 15, 2023 9:51 AM
       Curb Appeal (by BillW [NJ]) Jan 15, 2023 10:00 AM
       Curb Appeal (by T [IN]) Jan 15, 2023 10:02 AM
       Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Jan 15, 2023 11:19 AM
       Curb Appeal (by gevans [SC]) Jan 15, 2023 12:05 PM
       Curb Appeal (by Jim in O C [CA]) Jan 15, 2023 12:43 PM
       Curb Appeal (by myob [GA]) Jan 16, 2023 7:47 AM
       Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Jan 16, 2023 11:35 AM
       Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Jan 16, 2023 11:38 AM
       Curb Appeal (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 17, 2023 8:02 AM
       Curb Appeal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 19, 2023 3:23 PM
       Curb Appeal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 19, 2023 3:24 PM
       Curb Appeal (by WMH [NC]) Jan 20, 2023 9:15 AM

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Curb Appeal (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 7:52 PM

WITHOUT PLANTING ANYTHING IN THE GROUND (because some of you are Master Gardeners, I know, but I am NOT) what is your favorite way to spruce the curb appeal of a drab property? Buildings are painted, not run-down - just drab.

On one cottage we threw up some cheap shutters and a Compass Rose, made such a huge difference. Recently on a garage apartment we put up an extra-large Barn Star.

Looking for some other ideas?

Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 8:44 PM

Nice mailbox. Edge the grass along the sidewalks. I use either a half-moon shovel, or a Black and Decker edger. String trimmer will also do a fair job. Top off the mulch, if any.

Curb Appeal (by Pat [VA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 9:23 PM

In the way of shrubbery, I have not found anything that can survive tenants. Or most of them. Monkey grass, is the next best thing and is almost indestructible. (Larope?) Doesn't need trimming, but does need to be thinned out after a while. Transplants easily.

Curb Appeal (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 9:36 PM

My best curb appeal item is a custom built wood railing painted white that encases the front porch. I have built one of these at every house of mine and it is creates a unique curb appeal that no other house on the block has. When I look at photos of my houses side by side, the first I notice is that white porch railing around the front porch.

Curb Appeal (by Deb [OR]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 10:25 PM

Look on Utube under porticos for front door. Wouldn't cost much.

Curb Appeal (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2023 11:34 PM

My husband makes wood trellis, and paints it to match a door, porch floor, steps or in an accent color. No two he builds are the same.

The only rehab we flipped was white. We decided on grey shutters and a country blue door with a country blue trellis.

Wish I had the pic to post, but I don't anymore, the tech is outdated.

For the showings, it was fall so I bought a few pots of colored flowers, just to place on the cement porch on a small bench. Arranged it to look like a Martha Stewart setting..well you get the picture. Once it was sold, took our bench and flowers, but the new owners set their own ideas out. --75.11.xx.xx

Curb Appeal (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 12:02 AM

Paint the front door a colorful or accented color, I've also done the fascia in an accent color.

Modernize the house numbers and put a new porch light out. I mounted some brushed nickel numbers to a stained and sealed board with a lip so the numbers look like they are resting on the ledge. I picked that up at the home show last year.

Put a couple of big urns on either side of the front door if their is enough room on the porch. Put one of the taller painted metal flowers that are imported from Mexico to top it off. That's popular in Texas at least.

I have one SFH that one of the tenants put a half moon rock garden against the house and then put an old metal wagon wheel, parts of an old harness, and some old horse tack. Looks pretty good so I've just left it. I've seen the same thing with old buckets, wheelbarrows, plowshare, or other old rusty metal oddities.

Curb Appeal (by Larry [MN]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 11:47 AM

Not always practical but get rid of storm doors. They are ugly. You never see a photo of a beautiful home with a storm door (almost never).

Curb Appeal (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 2:32 PM

Always follow what Busy WI mentioned. Edging and trimming up shrubs-- blow off roof and driveway. wash house down and clean outside windows to sparkle. We paint or repaint the front door a plum or maroon -- not red. The Marv color makes any house pop. --108.239.xx.xx

Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 3:20 PM

Larry, I sort of agree on storm doors. Those aluminum and vinyl ones are 'blech.' I watched progress on the rehab of a rental across the street from one of mine. Beautiful house numbers, sharp black paint on the front door, crisp black, then white trim around the new white vinyl windows. House has grey fieldstone facade, so the black and white really popped. Then, last minute they added a new vinyl storm door. Just killed the whole look. Its like they didn't need to have bothered. A full view nicer storm door might have worked. Maybe. But not that typical storm door.

OTOH, I found a really nice looking wooden one ( 3/4 view) at ReStore for one of my houses, though I had to strip paint, as it likely had lead. I got another wooden crossbuck storm door for the side door (visible from street,) for another house for free off of Craigslist. Tested negative for lead. Yay! Looks better than the old vinyl one.

After a break in, I had the back doors replaced at one house Instead of a storm door, put on a metal security door with glass panels. Thing I've learned about those is, they rust very quickly, so probably wouldn't work for WMH. I only buy them in dark bronze color now, as it takes longer for rust to show. But, a white one I had that was rusting painted up nicely with Rustoleum hammered metal finish in bronze. That looks very sharp on the house. A dark Caribbean blue front door behind it. The two colors coordinate well. Key with those is to choose a more simple metal design. The overly ornate ones mostly look dated. I did find online a retailer who custom makes wooden storm doors, wide array of styles, simple to more ornate, even those beautiful arched top doors that we have prevalent in Milwaukee. I may just go to those when next I replace some storm doors.

But, yeah, a typical vinyl or aluminum storm door can really kill the look. Unfortunately, I prefer the energy savings ( for tenants) of a storm door. Also, so momma can open the main door to keep an eye on the kids in the yard.

Curb Appeal (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2023 8:45 PM

1. Raise canopy of shrubs

2. top off mulch

3. increase watering schedule to make grass greener

4. Paint door, new door hardware

5. Power wash driveway, sidewalk, house, and shrubs (shrubs look cleaner and powerwash removes dead leaves)

6. Better mowing and trimming lawn

Curb Appeal (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 5:17 AM

A home made cheap water feature at the front entry way, sort of out of site from the street. It can hang on the wall, several tiers, and have a low voltage pump, easy to wire in.

Edging along he walkway, or lights.

Solar address sign, easy to find in the dark.

Locking mailbox. (industrial grade)

Curb Appeal (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 9:51 AM

Great question! I agree, the shutters make a big difference. I look at apartments as I drive by, and it seems they add to curb appeal by 1) painting entry door a “substantial” color, like black or dark brown etc., maybe matching the shutters 2) have a nice light fixture above the door, or one on each side, with a nice bulb brightness and color temperature. 3) And the pièce de resistance, (as Deb mentioned) a portico above the door with columns supporting it :-)

As I read through other comments, a lot of solid ideas here, like washing the house/driveway.

I go to the toll brothers (or some other housing provider) website and look for houses that they're selling to a similar target market (young/old affluent/middle class, etc.) as mine. I figure they've done the research and have a good idea of what their customer wants. I'm looking at their website now, of houses in NC, and what I see for a $600k house is: no shutters, windows with nice curtains pulled back and visible from the outside, a light fixture on the side of the entry door and a matching fixture above the garage, portico with columns, nice garage door with windows (geeze I like the window idea. Why didn't I do that?), a light siding color (grey, of course) and low shrubs.

Curb Appeal (by BillW [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 10:00 AM

I just looked at tool brothers $1M houses in NC and the upgrades from the $600k houses are: a light on each side of the entryway (not just one), shutters on many windows (like you're doing!), no garage visible from the street, thicker columns on the portico and more elaborate landscaping with some taller plantings.

Curb Appeal (by T [IN]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 10:02 AM

All rock landscape bed. Instead of plants, use smallish boulders/large rock. Weeds come in, Round Up the whole landscape bed. No worry of killing the "good" plants.

Otherwise, make sure everything is clean and painted good. No chip/peeling paint.

Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 11:19 AM

Milorganite can be spread over all landscaping and grass. Things will green up nicely, as Milorganite has lots of usable iron, and, plants will have increased drought resistance, disease resistance. Safe for people and pets. Improved soil health as compared to other fertilizers.

Curb Appeal (by gevans [SC]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 12:05 PM

Depends on the class of housing. We have one MH that came with window boxes for flowers. Since we and the tenants have brown thumbs, we put artificial flowers in them, in styrofoam blocks.

They stayed there for almost ten years! Every tenant loved them, and they looked great from the street. Finally, after ten years, we put new flowers in them. Probably should have a few years earlier. --69.80.xx.xx

Curb Appeal (by Jim in O C [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2023 12:43 PM

Have no large bare spots where something should be planted and mulch all flower bed areas. Fertilize all grass and seed any dead areas.

You only get one first impression chance.

Curb Appeal (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2023 7:47 AM

Someone posted mulch and I had to laugh. I have 2-- 50 bag each pallets from lowes sitting in my work area -- 50 red and 50 black that I use when there's a vacancy. To freshen up the flower beds or under window area's. --108.239.xx.xx

Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2023 11:35 AM

Two years ago, I came upon cedar mulch, hardwood mulch, and the colored mulches, red, brown, and black, for $0.75 per bag. I bought 300 bags, just kept dropping them off at the properties.

In doing that, I learned a nifty way to clear soil of grass when I want to put in new perennial beds- simply lay out the bags of mulch and leave them. Grass is gone quickest. Persistent weeds like dandelion or bindweed take longer. Now, I wouldn't do this in a front yard, but my little houses are in older areas of the city, where areas behind garages or along fencelines are frequently just filled with invasive weeds like buckthorn and garlic mustard.

But, yeah, for curb appeal, topping off the mulch goes along way. I also will top off the mulch if I find out my tenant is having a get -together. One tenant was hosting a birthday party for Mom. Mom loved that I freshened things up, and the cedar mulch I used at that property covered any doggy smell ( though tenants do pick up solids quickly, but doggo on a chain leaves ammonia smell in concentrated area.)

Curb Appeal (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2023 11:38 AM

Just to be clear, to smother weeds- keep the mulch IN THE BAG. The plastic prevents weeds getting through, and bags can be moved to plant, then spread around the plants.

Curb Appeal (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2023 8:02 AM

Fresh mulch is the first thing I do.

The second thing I do is look not at what the colors of paint are but the number of colors of paint.

In most cases you will want three colors on the outside of the place and two in each room. Sometimes when i buy a place, I only see two colors outside and or where they have no accent colors in a room. Thee are acceptable for a class D place but not nicer places

Curb Appeal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2023 3:23 PM


These are all great ideas!

I'm thinking of the cottage homes in your area. Whimsy, bright colors, sea theme names for the homes, fish shaped mailbox, colorful surfboard screwed to the front door...

You (not me in Indiana) can get away with about anything ocean-y.

Un-drab it with wild colored trim.

(you MIGHT be thinking too conservatively, clean and neat - have some fun with it - go a little crazy!)

My staging pro taught me there must be something MEMORABLE about the decorating. Her example was to put a bunch of yellow rubber duckies in the bathtub, on the counter, yellow towels, and a rubber duckie rug. Something for the prospects to laugh about and easily recall MY home as they make a housing decision.

Fun to think about!


Curb Appeal (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 19, 2023 3:24 PM

PS we'd all love to hear what you come up with!


Curb Appeal (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 20, 2023 9:15 AM

These ideas are all great!

Brad, it will be different for each place as our places tend to be "unique" - think Odd - I use the word "Quirky" in some of our ads ;)

Gevans, the plastic flowers of today are a game changer! They look REAL, the plastic pots look like ceramic or wood, and you can dress up a doorway or deck very fast with pots, flowers, and foam blocks ;) I have them in my staging kits, but I take them with me once rented. Maybe I should start leaving them...I'll have DH screw the pots to the deck though ;0)

Ray, 3 colors of paint is a no-go for us. Paint fades very quickly here - sun and salt air will age the paint in well less than 10 years. And our places are small: 3 colors would actually be overwhelming. We are siding them these days when it makes financial sense to do so, and are sticking with driftwood-y greys and white regardless, both inside and out. We add black shutters where they work.

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