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What Can Hurt Your Home’s Curb Appeal

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Never underestimate the importance of your home’s curb appeal. By taking steps to improve it, you will do much to elevate your mood as you come home each day. You will also impress your guests and neighbors. And, of course, you will do much to impress home buyers too. When they get that excellent first impression, they will have good feelings about your property even before they step through your front door. 


So, as you will understand then, you should do all you can to improve your home’s curb appeal

But to make the right improvements, you should pay attention to anything that could be hurting the curb appeal. These can include the following. 

#1: An overgrown garden

We know that mowing the garden regularly can be an unwelcome chore but it does need to be done. You will improve your home’s curb appeal if you do, as the sight of long grass, unkempt weeds, and general untidiness can instantly create a terrible first impression. You don’t need to be a qualified landscaper as cutting the grass and pulling the weeds out are both things you should be able to manage. So, if you have a jungle outside of your windows, get to work before things get any worse. 

You can also improve your home’s curb appeal by adding flowers and decorations. We have lots of gardening tips on our website, including this article on giving your garden a makeover. Have a read and do what you can to improve this part of your home’s exterior. 

#2: Your garbage cans

There are all kinds of ways to pretty up your outside area but all of your hard work will be for naught if your garbage cans are a problem. The sight of them can affect your curb appeal, and matters can be made worse if they are overflowing with rubbish or attracting unwelcome rodents. 

Of course, you can’t get rid of your garbage cans, but you could hide them. Instead of leaving them near the front of your home, put them around the back instead. Alternatively, hide them in the garage if you have one. The other thing you could do, of course, is paint your garbage cans. As long as they match the rest of your home exterior colors, they might even elevate your home’s curb appeal. Just remember to rodent-proof your garbage cans to keep any uninvited visitors away. 

#3: Your windows

The first thing we need to remind you about your windows is this: They will need cleaning from time to time. Dirty windows might prevent the neighbors from peeping in but they won’t do much for your home’s curb appeal.  However, another issue you need to think about is the window frames. If they are cracked or have flaky paintwork, they won’t do much to elevate the appearance of your home. Chances are, your home might also be prone to unwelcome drafts if they are damaged in any way.

While you can avoid the state of your windows by drawing your curtains when you’re inside, remember that other people can see them too. Clean them regularly to make the panes of glass shine and fix or paint the frames if there are any unsightly problems. If your budget can allow it, you might also want to replace your windows. Not only will this improve the look of your home’s exterior but you will also get the opportunity to improve your home’s energy efficiency. The Renewal by Andersen windows are especially attractive so have a look and imagine what they could to your home. 

#4: Your front door

The front door is the focal point of your home so you want to make sure it looks good. But if the paintwork is chipped or worn and if the fixtures are outdated or broken, it won’t provide the impressive aesthetic that you are hoping for. 

Make changes where you can, perhaps by painting it in a bold, bright color to make it stand out from your home. Add decorative elements too, perhaps with a wreath on the door, and potted plants or ornaments around it. For more ideas, take a look at these front door color options. You will instantly elevate your home’s curb appeal if you give it a makeover so do what you can to give it the wow factor.

#5: A badly maintained roof

Not many people think about the top of their homes when considering curb appeal but as it can be noticeable, you should consider the state of your roof. If there are any broken, worn, or missing shingles, the appearance of your roof will be affected. This will obviously affect your home’s curb appeal but home buyers will have another cause for concern. If they see that your roof is in a bad state of repair, they might worry about water leaks or air drafts coming into the property. This is obviously something you should be worried about too, whether you’re selling your home or not. 

So, consider the roof of your home. If you know it needs repairs, contact a professional instead of risking your life climbing up there yourself. And perhaps opt for a new roof. Take a look at these roof styles and designs and consider how they might look on your home. Yes, there will be an expense, but if your roof is in a bad state of repair anyway, opting for something new atop your house could be the next best move. 

#6: Problems with your trees

Trees can look wonderful in a garden and are great for boosting curb appeal. This isn’t the case, however, when branches are dying, or when the tree has become overgrown. They can look as unkempt as a badly maintained lawn, only with more dangers, as loose tree branches could damage your home should there be a high wind or storm.

So, inspect the health of your trees regularly and remove any dying branches as soon as possible. Cut back anything that is overgrown, and if necessary, contact a tree surgeon if it needs to be professionally maintained. 


These are just a few of the things that can hurt your home’s curb appeal so consider how they might relate to you. Make changes where you can and create that excellent first impression for anybody visiting your home. 



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