A new study asked people to rank the do’s and don’ts of a visually-appealing home exterior. It turns out trampolines, ‘beware of dog’ signs, and stone animal statues all count negatively towards that first impression, while a well-manicured lawn and a bit of color in the flowerbed were the big positives. In fact, one in two people named mowing the lawn as the most important part of achieving good vibes from neighbors.
The study also found that 36% of people admit to being in an unspoken competition for the best yard in their neighborhood and 70% say that they do their best to keep their outdoor space looking fresh. Nearly 4 in 5 take a tremendous amount of pride in their yard and 51% think their home has serious curb appeal. But some people are really bringing down the neighborhood with their messy yards – more than half of participants studied have a particular neighbor whose yard they find “unappealing.”