What is Curb Appeal?
In a word: curb appeal is all about facade. Curb appeal refers to how attractive your house looks to those who drive by.
Why is Curb Appeal Important?
An attractive exterior may make the difference between whether people become potential buyers or whether they drive right by without looking at your home’s appealing interior features. Curb appeal is like eye catching wrapping paper on a gift. First impressions are crucial to the real estate market. Nearly 65% of shoppers will come and check out a home they’ve driven by or looked at online if they liked what they saw.
Ways to Add Curb Appeal that won’t Break the Bank
Here are some sure fire ways to attract home buyers.
Spring Day Trips in the Area
Spring is one of the prettiest times to explore the South Bay area. There are so many things to do and see. The weather is just perfect for being outdoors.
Choose from such day activities as:
The South Bay area is a treasure trove for hikers. Getting to know the numerous hiking trails is an ideal way to discover the area. Most hiking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty. You don’t have to be an experienced hiker to hike at these locations.
Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots. Carry lots of drinking water. Put on sunscreen and don’t forget your sunglasses. These trails have some spectacular views so take your camera. Don’t wander off the existing trails.
Here are a few you will want to try:
Closed from April 1 to July 2016, this three-mile round-trip trail is not a nature walk. However, it is ideal for people watching. Check out the Hollywood Hills. Get an amazing view at Cloud’s Rest. See all the million-dollar mansions and get a Kodak moment to view such iconic tourist attractions as the Hollywood Sign, the Sunset Strip, and the L.A. Basin.
This one-mile hiking trail in the southwest corner of Griffith Park is tricky to get to if you are not a South Bay native. From Franklin Ave. in Hollywood, go north on Canyon Drive. The road ends at the "Camp Hollywood" parking lot. Cross the small, red cement bridge on the right. Walk around the vehicle barrier. Stay left and follow the unpaved road a short distance into Bronson Canyon.
Bronson Canyon has been a popular location for filmmakers who want a remote or alien setting. The tunnel entrance was used as the Bat cave in the sixties Batman TV series.
If you wish to extend your hike while you are in Bronson Canyon, why not try the Griffith Observatory West Loop Trail.
The two-and-a-half-mile trail starts at the Los Feliz Blvd Fern Dell picnic area. From the restrooms at the picnic area, stay to the right. Go up the hill toward the Griffith Observatory. Be sure to stop and enjoy city views. At the top of the hill, take the trail to the right towards the observatory. At the bottom of the hill, the trail curves on its way back to the Fern Dell picnic area.
This one-mile hiking trail is located near Benedict Canyon. The 605-acre land has over five miles of hiking trails. Used by the oil baron Edward Doheny family as a summer retreat in the 1930’s, the trail has an easy walk around the reservoir. Watch for birds and wildlife while you walk the trail.
Spring is the time for events that signal a return to warmer weather. Several area activities and venues are sure to get you out to enjoy the weather and the culture of the south bay area.
Music lovers also won’t want to miss The Corelli Ensemble’s spring concert. Features in “Fruhlingskonzert” are Baroque music by: Fasch, Telemann, J.G. Graun, and J.S. Bach. This benefit concert for the homeless will be held at Ascension Lutheran Church, 17910 S. Prairie Ave., Torrance, CA 90504. For details call 310-544-7745, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: facebook.com/thecorelliensemble. Mark April 9 on your calendar for this free concert.
If you are an ABBA fan, set aside April 26 for the 8 p.m. concert at The Norris Theatre is located at 27570 Norris Center Drive in Rolling Hills Estates. Abba Fab. tribute band harkens back to the early fame of this Swedish group with hits like: "Dancing Queen," "SOS," "Take a Chance on Me," "Waterloo," and "Mamma Mia". Concert tickets are $48 to $58available at the box office at (310) 544-0403, ext. 221, or online at: www.palosverdesperformingarts.com.
Art enthusiasts should also check out two South Bay locales. Dane Capo’s vibrant colors are very striking. Diagnosed with a form of epilepsy at 10 months old and autism at the age of 5, Capo’s artistic expression takes many forms.
Art Life Gallery at 1217 South Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach has art exhibits, art workshops, demonstrations and seminars seven days a week. For more information call (310) 938-2511 or email: ARTLIFESOUTHBAY@YMAIL.COM.
If you are enthusiastic about vintage films then check out the South Bay Film Society, Randy Berler, a retired Redondo Beach planning director, is fanatical about cinema. His enthusiasm is so great that he has singlehandedly created the rotating roster of movies shown at the Rolling Hills AMC theatre in Torrance. See what is offered in foreign, independent, and art house films, as well as classic Hollywood blockbusters.
One of the great benefits living in the South Bay area is that there are always a large number of events, concerts, or art festivals happening at any given time. Some are major events sponsored by communities, while others are simple showings at an “out of the way” location. You may want to try a link such as this to keep on top of all the advertised art happenings in the area: http://festivalnet.com/art_fairs.html/California-art-fairs
Also, you could make your own art festival and use a weekend as an excuse to visit some of the local art galleries to see what local artists have in store for the general public. To make your own art festival, simply go for a drive and stop at any gallery that you pass on the road. You may find this to be one of the most convenient ways to find new art.
Spring housecleaning may be an annual event at your house. However, some homeowners also plan renovation projects for spring as well. I am talking about those jobs you might complete over a weekend. These small projects probably cost no more than $1000.
Let’s look at some small home improvement projects:
One of the most common small projects and one, which the family will enjoy for years, is erecting a deck. You might make this a family project or ask a few DIY friends to help you build a deck or repair an existing deck.
Clearing out those clogged eaves troughs or rain gutters is a worthy project. Make sure you have the right tools and a good sturdy ladder for this job.
Another project that lets you use more storage space is cleaning out the attic, basement, garage, or storage shed. Consider adding some shelves and the space can be used even more efficiently.
Another neat project that will be popular with your family is installation of a hot tub. These come in all shapes and sizes. Some are so easy to install, it is a simple matter of hooking up water and a power source. There’s a hot tub for every taste and need, so make sure to do the research before you make a selection.
Consider improving the curb appeal of your house by replacing the existing siding. There are some great new vinyl and aluminum sidings available to homeowners. You may choose to have the siding professionally replaced or you could make this a DIY project.
Another way to improve your home’s curb appeal is to reseed your lawn or add some landscaping.
You might add a new room and value to your house by adding a sunroom or enclosing an existing open porch area. This three or four-season room can be made energy efficient by installing high efficiency windows.
With summer on the way, it is a great time to inspect, clean, and update your HVAC system. Change filters and have the system inspected by a qualified central air conditioning technician. An efficient HVAC system works better and costs you less money to operate.
Spring is also a good time to have wood burning stoves and fireplaces cleaned and checked.
With the season change, it is a good reminder to check and replace batteries in all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Spring has the feel of new beginnings. That is why it is an opportune time for those small home improvement and maintenance projects.