“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.” ― Robertson Davies

Imagine yourself driving through a neighborhood. When you’re about to take a turn, something caught your eye. You stop to take a closer look at it. You’re so fascinated by its beauty that you’re already dreaming of having one like this in the future.

This is curb appeal. This is how our customers think when they see their dream house. Many home buyers and soon-to-be home buyers look at the exterior of a house before they decide to see more of the inside. Selling your home will be a breeze if you just take some time to improve the exterior of your house.

If you’re planning to put your house on the market, take this curb appeal exercise suggested by Janet Wickell in her article How to Improve Curb Appeal on About.Com to help you out.

The next time you come home, stop across the street or far enough down the driveway to get a good view of the house and its surroundings.

  1. What is your first impression of the house and yard area?
  2. What are the best exterior features of the house or unit? How can you enhance them?
  3. What are the worst exterior features of the house or unit? How can you minimise or improve them?


Park where a potential buyer would and walk towards the house, looking around you as if it were your first visit. Is the approach clean and tidy? What could you do to make it more attractive?

Take photos of the home’s exterior. If you have a digital camera, view the colour versions first, then remove the colour and look at it in black and white, because it’s easier to see problems when colour isn’t around to affect our senses.

Make a list of the problem areas you discovered. Tackle clean up and repair chores first, then put some time into projects that make the grounds more attractive.