Curb Appeal – First Impressions Count When Selling Your Acadiana Home

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Curb Appeal – First Impressions Count When Selling Your Acadiana Home

If you’re planning to sell your home in Acadiana, chances are you’re busy painting, organizing, decluttering, and updating the inside to make it picture perfect. But since buyers first see the front of the house when viewing online photos and visiting, you’ll want to make a good first impression to immediately catch their eye. A front yard that is neatly landscaped and welcoming will definitely attract more home buyers who’ll want to see the inside.

People selling their homes via real estate brokers get lots of coaching. People selling their own homes as FSBOs in Acadiana need the same. One of the most important topics on which FSBOs can benefit from coaching is “curb appeal.” How does your home look when a potential buyer drives up to the curb and takes that all important first look?

Be Sure It Looks Great

Single family residences require the most work. The FSBO seller of a single family home in Acadiana also has the most control of what is seen from the curb, so let’s start there. Make sure grass is cut, leaves are raked, sidewalks swept, pressure washed, and edged, and planting beds are freshly mulched. That’s just the beginning.

Walkway to the front door

Some things we don’t think about when looking at homes are narrow walkways. Narrow walkways leading to front doors are not inviting. If you can afford to have the walk replaced with a wider one, do it. A walk with some curve to it is often appealing. One which is wider where it meets the public walk and wider as it reaches the front steps can look particularly inviting. If two men can approach your front door side by side without jostling each other, your walk is sufficiently wide.


What if you have a narrow walk and a small budget? You can improvise with brick, stone, or concrete pavers from the local home improvement store like Stine, Home Depot, or Lowe's if you’re handy and healthy.  Choose whichever material is most compatible with your house. Dig out the grass on either side of your walk and lay a line of the chosen paving materials parallel along each side of your walk. Fill in with mulch (not the colored type, just good earth toned natural stuff, please), sand, or river gravel. Make sure there’s a crisp edge where the grass starts.

Shrubs, Plants, & Mulch

Large, overgrown shrubs that crowd the house and cover windows are a negative. Prune them back. If there is a narrow planting bed along the front of the house, widen it. Have the bed swoop in a curve around to the side of the house. Depending on the size and scale of the house, plant something like a dogwood, a butterfly bush or a holly in the curve at the corner of the house. Make sure it will not be so close or so large as to overwhelm the house in a few years. Fill in with smaller plants at the front of the widened bed. Mulch.  Mulch. Mulch. But the mulch should be only two or three inches deep. Don’t let it pile up on the trunks of trees.

Plant colorful flowers in containers

Plant colorful flowers in containers on either side of the front door if the season is conducive. Geraniums work well in sunny spots. Impatiens are good in shade. Make sure the containers are of natural materials. Most plastic containers look tacky and cheap.  Advertisements for luxury cars show them near expensive houses and beautifully dressed people for a reason. Association. You want the things seen on the way to your front door to be in good taste and of excellent quality. Fortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be expensive. Clay pots are good. Old iron urns are great with traditional homes. Oak barrels can look wonderful with rustic homes. The addition of a bit of trailing ivy or sweet potato vines can be attractive. It’s possible to achieve a miniature garden by combining several sorts of plants in larger containers.

Front Door

Make sure the front door is clean and the paint is in good condition. Be sure it swings on its hinges well. It needs to open and close well and firmly. The doorknob should work well and not have any “bobble” motion when it’s used.  Exterior light fixtures should be clean and free of rust.  Front windows should be clean and shining. 


When preparing to sell your house, make sure you get everything in order. As superficial as it may sound, curb appeal is a dominant factor in getting sales. 

If you need help tackling landscaping and curb appeal projects, Acadiana Landscape Materials in Youngsville offers a knowledgeable staff that has 50 years of combined experience. From irrigation services to landscaping, our locally owned business efficiently handles your yard work needs. You can always count on Acadiana Landscape Materials to offer friendly, professional service at a moment’s notice. Acadiana Landscape Materials can help you with all of your landscaping needs.

If you are thinking about selling your home in Acadiana and need advice, feel free to reach out to me to give you a few suggestions to help improve your homes curb appeal. Ted Daigle 337-945-6763

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