Quick and Easy Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Your home should be a sanctuary that feels welcoming and comfortable to both you and your guests–and that includes the outdoor space!  The exterior of your property sets the stage for the rest of your home, sort of like a first impression.

If you’re thinking of selling your home–now or in the future–curb appeal is exceedingly important and can impact the profitability of your sale.  If your home’s curb appeal could use a little love, the good news is that there are some easy and expensive ways to make major upgrades.  Here are a few:

Keep the landscaping regularly maintained.  Landscaping is like haircut your your hard–even a minor trim can make a world of difference.  Regularly maintaining your lawn will freshen up your curb appeal, and might even entice you to spend more time outside.  Keeping healthy grass height, controlling weed growth, trimming edges and hedging are all quick ways to keep up with your landscaping.  If you lack the time or ability to complete landscaping tasks yourself, hire a local company to take care of the work for you.

Pay attention to the front door.  Your front door can tell visitors a lot about how you care for your property.  A front door with rusty hinges, dents or other noticeable blemishes can be a red flag when it comes to curb appeal.  Aside from aesthetics, front door maintenance is essential to the safety of you and your family when it comes to things like trim, threshold, handles and locks.

Even regularly wiping down your front door for a good clean can make a dramatic impact.  Touch up paint where needed, and give the entire door a fresh coat when it starts to look worn.  Use metal polish on any metal fixtures, or replace the fixtures if and when necessary.

Create outdoor living space.  Nothing will convince you to spend time outdoors more than creating a n ice living space outside.  Simple furnishings such as rugs, seating, lighting, dining areas, etc., will expand the living space of your home–a major attraction to potential buyers, and a great way for you to enjoy your home.  Be sure to choose attractive outdoor pieces that will be easy to clean and will hold up well in any weather.  Run-down furniture or too many random pieces can actually detract from curb appeal.

Add some simple decor.  Minor investments can have a major impact on your curb appeal efforts.  Choosing a few potted plants (don’t forget to water!) for your entryway or porch, installing outdoor lighting around walkways or entires or adding door decor, such as wreaths and welcome mats, are all inexpensive ideas that can upgrade your home’s exterior.

Don’t forget about the power of cleaning.  If you don’t have the time, manpower or budget or anything else, an exterior clean can freshen up your home, and is also beneficial or home maintenance.  Clean the windows, or have them cleaned professionally depending on your budget.  Clear the roof and gutters of any moss, weeds or other debris.  Declutter and organize any possessions that you store outside, such as bikes, garden tools, recycling or pet supplies.  Power washing is an excellent way to refresh the exterior of your home, but needs to be done correctly to avoid damaging certain surfaces.  Rent a power washer and get instructions from the rental company to clean siding, decks, driveways and walkways.

Boosting your home’s curb appeal can take as little as a weekend and cost you next to nothing.  Choose projects that’ll make the biggest difference for the time and effort you put in. Tackle the essentials first–cleaning, decluttering, landscaping–and turn to adding decor furniture later on.  Even the most minor effort can make a positive impact impact on the curb appeal of your home!

About the Author

Greg DiGiorgio is a highly reviewed Arlington MA Realtor who 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. In addition to Greg being an Accredited Buyers Representative-ABR, he 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. He has appeared several times on Fox 25 News where he was interviewed on current market trends and conditions. A real estate transaction is really about managing people, their desires and their finances. It is an intricate and consequential negotiation.

Greg understands that it is important to secure not only the most able buyer, but also to the one that is most likely to close the deal. When so much is at stake, Greg 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.

Greg also 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, Greg’s warm, caring yet efficient business style will turn you into a client for life.


Greg grew up in the Greater Boston area and has a deep appreciation for the North East way of life. He attended The University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Research. Greg’s professional background is rooted in the technology sales & marketing. As a result, he learned to adapt to many different people and situations quickly and competitively. The insight that he has gained from many years of involvement in bringing all components of a transaction together smoothly has granted him a unique perspective and approach to the real estate industry. His enthusiasm and tenacity has allowed him to emerge as one of Greater Boston’s finest Realtors, and one of the highest reviewed amongst Arlington MA Realtors!

My Goal

My goal is to provide the best experience possible to my clients while helping them achieve their real estate goals. My streamline systems and use of technology ensure a smooth ride along the way. Whether it’s a first-time buyer, a seller, or investor, I strive to gain lifelong clients and friends by providing them with a fun, relaxing, but yet educational experience throughout the entire process.

Objectives for my Buyer Clients

Counsel session to determine wants & needsSchedule times to view properties

Run comparable analysis report for subject property

Help negotiate terms of the offer

Provided options for home inspectors

Help negotiate & finalize terms of Purchase & Sale Agreement

Assist in finalizing finances with Mortgage Broker

Handle any other paperwork and/or tasks including meeting mortgage commitment deadlines to making sure the transaction closes on time.

I keep an open door policy with all my clients even after the sale should they have any questions, or need help with any of their real estate needs. The closing of a real estate transaction is not the end, but just the beginning of a relationship.

Objectives for my Seller Clients

Listen carefully to make sure your goals and objectives are clearly understood

Explain the home selling process thoroughly

Discuss agency relationship

Price your home accurately

Stage your home for sale

Plan & implement a proven & innovative marketing plan

Work diligently to sell your home quickly and efficiently

Follow up with open house leads & showing brokers to obtain feedback

Work hard to ensure that each step of the transaction is running smoothly

To ensure that all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors are installed and working correctly, and to obtain certificate from town/city

To obtain final payoff for city/town water bill

“Most Importantly to communicate with you consistently and efficiently throughout the entire home selling process”

Certifications and Recognitions

Winner of Leading Edge Real Estate’s Outstanding Creative Marketing Award. Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR)

Member of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM)

Licensed Massachusetts Real Estate Broker

Member of Greater Boston Real Estate Board (GBREB)

Member of National Association of REALTORS (NAR)

Zoning & Building Codes Certificate

Residential New Construction Certificate

Title V Certificate