Boost Your Property’s Street Appeal with Well-Maintained Curbs, Sidewalks and Gutters

The old saying “you never get a second chance to make a good first impression” certainly applies to curb appeal for your residential or commercial property. According to one study, 76% of real estate clients said that the curb appeal of a property played a major role in their shopping experience. What’s more, half of all real estate clients drive to a place to view it for the first time. The last thing they want to see is a run-down, poorly maintained property.

For most property managers, the first thing that comes to mind when you’re talking about curb appeal is the landscaping. An often-overlooked aspect of creating a visually appealing purchase or rental is the condition of your building’s curbs, sidewalks, and gutters. Cracked sidewalks and crumbling curbs give prospective tenants the impression that the property is poorly maintained and can be a deal breaker for buyers looking to invest in a prime piece of real estate.

Clogged gutters can also damage buildings, foundations, concrete surfaces, and even landscaping, so it’s important to keep them well-maintained to avoid expensive repairs down the road.

Depending on the jurisdiction, property owners can also be penalized for failing to maintain curbs and sidewalks. While cities and towns have varying rules and regulations about sidewalk repairs and maintenance, most jurisdictions hold home and business owners responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of or adjacent to their properties. If someone slips and falls due to poorly maintained curbs and sidewalks near your property, you could be liable for municipal fines, not to mention becoming the target of expensive litigation.

While some owners prefer to handle repairs and maintenance themselves, bringing in a professional can help ensure that your property meets local safety requirements and head off costly damage to your buildings and landscaping. At RWS, we offer a full complement of services for keeping the curbs, sidewalks and gutters on your property in good working order.

Whether you’re trying to head off potential problems associated with cracked curbs and sidewalks or clogged gutters, or you’re doing damage control to remediate existing problems, RWS is here to make your maintenance and repairs a seamless experience.

Do your curbs, sidewalks and gutters need some TLC? For more information on how RWS can help keep your property looking its best and safe, download a PDF here.