What Does Curb Appeal Mean?

by Nile Morin 09/08/2019

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
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Nile Morin

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Nile Morin is a dedicated, passionate, and market-savvy professional who puts his clients’ satisfaction before all else. His attention to detail, superior people skills, broad knowledge of the real estate industry as a whole, and his pure determination to indulge his clients with first class service sets him apart. Nile understands the power of creative, well-organized and highly effective marketing and offers customized marketing plans that maximize property exposure to the most qualified buyers.

A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation. Nile knows that it is not only important to secure the most able buyer, but also the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Nile is the one you want to represent you. His fair yet aggressive negotiating style and protectiveness of his clients’ best interests and ultimately, their assets, has gained his respect with colleagues and clients alike. Nile knows that every transaction represents the most important purchase or sale a person can make, and he takes every precaution to ensure that communication is impeccable with all parties involved from beginning to end. Whether it’s patiently guiding first time buyers through this exciting process or following through with clients’ needs long after the transaction is over, Nile’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you, too, into a client for life.

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Nile grew up in Cape Cod and therefore has a deep appreciation for the Cape's way of life. He owned a successful landscape construction company for almost ten years. Like many Realtors in Cape Cod, Nile’s professional background is rooted in the business industry where he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. His insight gained from years of involvement in bringing all components of a business transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective on and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Cape Cod's finest Realtors. In his first year alone, Realty Executives awarded him the honor of Top Producer Rookie of the Year for all of New England.

For Nile's first five years in Real Estate, he joined forces with a family member who had been the Top Rated Realtor for many years past. Within the first year, their team became #1#1 throughout all of Cape Cod. After 5 years of disciplined integration into Cape Cod's Real Estate market, the opportunity for Nile to start his own realty office arose, which would later become Oceanside Realty Group. Within his first year of departure from the team, Nile ranked within the Top Ten of 2,500 Independent Agents on all of Cape Cod, and has consecutively maintained that prestigious statistic through perseverance of the troubled market and his dedicated and determined work ethic.