> On “Curb Appeal”

When there is a landscaped garden, it will get attention …

When going through some house advertisements on the Internet the other day, by companies like Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Savills, Knight Frank and Engel & Voelkers, I noticed once again the importance of gardens. Not only on a personal level, but on a financial level.

While it’s true that on the French Riviera there rarely is the good old “curb appeal”, there certainly is its equivalent – a kind of “fence and gate appeal”. I should write a different post about this, but I’ll save this for a later day.

The idea behind the “curb appeal” is that people, who are driving by your property and who are not impressed by your property’s outside appeal, are not going to make an appointment, come back and see the inside.

I noticed that in virtually all cases where houses are advertised which do have a landscaped garden, even if it’s only part of the garden that has been designed once, and even if it might be a little overgrown, the garden gets mentioned within the first sentence. Before the house’s features are listed, the garden gets its laud.

When going through the pictures of numerous listings I noticed the same thing: whenever there was a garden of notable size and design, real estate companies make a great deal of taking many and professional pictures of the property’s beauties. And rightly so!

Front and rear gardens, courts and driveways do have a huge impact on what a house looks like when advertised, how it is presented in print and on the Internet, and last but not least how quickly and for how much it will sell.

Ron Phipps, President of the National Association of Realtors says:

“If I were going to spend money on a property, I would really work on making sure the curb appeal is strong.”

Investing in your property is all about getting the balance right, between the inside and the outside. Phipps says:

“If all your remodeling is on the inside but the outside of the house is challenging, you’ll never have a chance to even show the inside.” (Source)