Million Dollar Curb Appeal for Any Budget

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It turns out you can learn a lot from luxury listings—even if you aren’t selling million-dollar properties! Get inspired by these curb appeal lessons from luxury properties around the globe.

Take Photos at the Right Time

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This luxury home in Sarasota proves that million dollar curb appeal relies on perfect timing. The house is probably pretty impressive at any time of day, but in this photo it really shines. A twilit scene, complete with a colorful sky and plenty of outdoor lighting, makes any property look more appealing.

Highlight the Best Feature

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The main selling point of this Siesta Key getaway along the Gulf of Mexico is the nearness of the ocean. When your backyard is literally a beach, it should be the first thing potential buyers see!

By placing the deck in the foreground of this photo and staging an intimate candlelit dinner at the table, it sends a clear message about the life the buyer will enjoy here. Always lead with the property’s best feature!

Clean Up the Landscaping

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Look at the precision of those hedges and shrubs! The landscaping of this property is absolutely pristine, allowing the home to shine. Overgrown shrubs, weeds, and—gasp!—clutter in the yard will turn off buyers as they browse for their next home.

Even if there isn’t room in the budget to completely revamp the landscaping at the property, you can at least ensure that it’s been cleaned up and trimmed back.

Add Color with Flowers

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This mansion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area relies on the pops of color provided by the landscaping. Without the cheerful pink and white plantings, the scene would be a whole lot of beige and green!

Adding color with flowers—whether they’re in flowerbeds, pots, or window boxes—is a fast and inexpensive way to get million dollar curb appeal.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Not every property can stand up to an elaborate paint job like this vintage Queen Anne in Seattle. You have to admire the painstaking detail that went into restoring this beauty, though.

Luckily, you can make a big impact with a lot less effort. Focus on painting the shutters, front porch, and especially the front door to brighten up and refresh the property.

Appeal to Your Ideal Buyer

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The vibe of this California mansion won’t appeal to everyone. The modern lines, “floating” walkway, and dramatic blue lighting are tailor-made for the right buyer.

When you think about selling a unique home, lean in to what makes the property different. You’ll have a better chance of reaching the perfect buyer!

Make the Most of Outdoor Lighting

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Outdoor lighting makes a huge impact, doesn’t it? Notice how the style of the lights flanking the door complement the modern Craftsman style of this Vail, Colorado, home. Small lights in the garden give the property an enchanting aura in the twilight.

You can achieve a similar effect with a few solar lights in the garden and updated fixtures at the front door.