Curb appeal includes the curb; Do you need your curb repaired?

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Curb appeal includes the curb;

Do you need your curb repaired?

 

Concrete curb appeal

We often hear the term “curb appeal”. The term is used to describe how a property looks from the curb. As the potential buyer pulls up to the curb in front of your home, what do they see? This is important because it is the first impression that the potential buyer will have. It is important that the curb appeal is a good one.


What about the curb?

 

In talking about curb appeal, we talk about the landscape, window coverings, exterior paint and much more. What about the curb itself? The curb serves an important function and if it is in poor condition, it will be noticed. The curbs can be repaired and brought back to its original condition.

 

Concrete curbs can be repaired.


Concrete curbing is the most common in our area of the country. These curbs serve many different purposes, here are a few:

  • Sidewalk termination
  • Lawn bordering
  • Soil retention
  • Parking lot border
  • Drainage control

 

If you have a concrete curb that is in need of repair, there are contractors that are willing to bring the curb back to its original condition. Fixing the concrete curbing can add to the “curb appeal” of your property.

 

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Rainmaker
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Richard & Beth - It may be the little things that can make or break a deal. The curb also serves a function, lets not take that away.

Jan 13, 2013 07:42 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Some curbs are the responsibility of the city or county, some are not. It can get a bit confusing who is responsible for the maintainance of the curb: Was it your tree or the city's tree roots that caused the damage?  :)

Thanks for the comment today Hella.

Jan 13, 2013 07:46 AM #17
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Kristina Heili
Keller Williams Premier Realty - Woodbury, MN
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Not just a damaged curb, it drives me absolutely crazy to see a weed-overgrown curb. In my own neighborhood, we don't have actual curbs, we have the gentle upward asphalt concave roll from the street to the lawn. I can't tell you how many home owners ignore the weeds that are growing in this concave area. It isn't a great expense of money or time to get out there and spray those dog-gone weeds!

Jan 13, 2013 08:14 AM #18
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Donna Foerster
Cherry Creek Properties, LLC - Parker, CO
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Tom~ You are absolutely right.  We don't have many curbs here, but where we do, it's something sellers should be thinking about.

Jan 13, 2013 08:35 AM #19
Rainmaker
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Michael J. O'Connor
Diamond Ridge Realty - Corona, CA
Eastvale - 951-847-4883

I agree with Hella that it's probably smart to try to find out the ownership of the curb before a repair is made.  I think in my area they are almost always owned by the local city or county so it might take a while to get the fix made.  My suggestion to sellers thinking about the actual curb - start working on it early!

Jan 13, 2013 09:12 AM #20
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Kimo Jarrett
WikiWiki Realty - Huntington Beach, CA
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The maintenance of the curb usually dictates the maintenance of the home and as a seller, you do not want  any apprehensions from any prospective buyers before they discover the added value benefits of your home, especially if your asking price is higher than the prevailing market prices in your neighborhood. Heed the advice of your agent and increase the opportunities to sell your home by simply following his/her advice.

Jan 13, 2013 10:36 AM #21
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware, Cecil County, and S. Chester County
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
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Here in Wilmington, DE, the curb is the responsibility of the City, especially when their snowplows wrecked them in the first place. A client of mine has been complaining to every City official possible for a couple of years, and this fall they promised to put new curbs in. Not for all the houses on the street that have the same problem, but just this particular house. It hasn 't been done yet, so we'll see what the spring brings in the way of repairs.

Jan 13, 2013 10:44 AM #22
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Marte Cliff
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Hmmm... something I had never thought about. But then, I live where there are no curbs - or sidewalks either. We just try to keep the edge of the County road mowed.

Jan 13, 2013 10:55 AM #23
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You are right Kristina, and it would probably help with the water flow when it rains too.

Jan 13, 2013 12:18 PM #24
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Donna - They should at least consider that fact that it may be a problem.

Jan 13, 2013 12:18 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Agreed. Start working on it now, even if you aren't seller your home. The curb has a purpose and it should be corrected Michael.

Jan 13, 2013 12:18 PM #26
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Kimo - Talking things over with a good agent is very important, they will have a better understanding of what is the best thing to do to sell your home.

Jan 13, 2013 12:27 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Should be interesting to see just one home get repaired while others get ignored Carolyn.  :)

Jan 13, 2013 12:27 PM #28
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Marte - So do the locals even talk about curb appeal, if there is no curb?

Jan 13, 2013 12:27 PM #29
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Travis "the SOLD man" Parker; Associate Broker
Team Linda Simmons, Enterprise, AL 36330 - Enterprise, AL
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Good info! I've never really considered the "curb" as part of the house, but it makes sense! THANKS!!

Jan 13, 2013 06:32 PM #30
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Thanks for the comment Travis.

Jan 13, 2013 09:06 PM #31
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Stephanie/Bob The Ruiz/Miller Team
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
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Hi Tom, we tell sellers that some buyers won't even stop to look if there is not curb appeal.

Jan 14, 2013 03:14 AM #32
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Rob Renk
Carrington Mortgage - McKinney, TX
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When you talk curb appeal, you really mean the curb.  never thought about that, but it does detract from the appearance if it looks like your picture.  Thanks for the share.

Jan 14, 2013 12:54 PM #33
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Well let's at least get them to stop the car Bob.  :)

 

Jan 14, 2013 09:43 PM #34
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We might as well start AT the curb with curb appeal Rob.  :)

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