If you want to attain maximum value for your home, its’ curb appeal needs to make a good first impression. Make it really nice and potential homebuyers will want to come take a peek inside at the rest of the house.
Fixing up your front yard doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg though. Here are a bunch of inexpensive ways to beautify your home and boost your curb appeal.
You first need to get a good idea of what you’re working with. Changing things for the sake of changing things isn’t very smart. For all you know, you might only need to trim a tree and add a patio bench.
To get a good look at your house, look at it from half a block away as objectively as you can. Get another set of eyes to assist you, like the real estate agent, to offer you suggestions to boost your curb appeal.
Go on Pinterest or Houzz and browse other people’s ideas. Once you find a style you like you can attempt to duplicate it yourself.
It can be easy to get carried away when looking at other people’s creations so don’t bite off more than you can chew. The point here is to improve your homes’ curb appeal on the cheap, not to tear everything down and start from scratch.
Browse Similar Homes Nearby
Take a walk around your neighborhood and note what’s working and what isn’t working for other houses nearby. Make sure your style fits in with the neighborhood and make note of anything you’d like to incorporate into your design.
Replace Your Entry Light
If your entry light is old and outdated, replace it with a new one with a modern design. You’ll be amazed how something so simple (and cheap) can completely change the look of your entry area.
Freshen Up Your Front Door
Buying a new front door is far too expensive, so clean and paint it if necessary. Replace the trim, make sure your storm door is in good working order and give the area a good cleaning. Consider changing to a high-end knob, as it will instantly increase the value of your home.
Get Rid Of The Clutter
Clutter distracts the eyes, so get rid of anything that doesn’t belong there. This includes skateboards, toys, trash cans, stray garden tools and a tangled water hose across the front loan. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home and look at it through the eyes of a homebuyer.
Take Care Of Your Lawn
If your lawn is yellow or full of weeds, the house won’t look as good as it can. Make sure to fertilize regularly, cut the grass a little higher during dry months, water the lawn as needed and take care of any pests that have taken up residence.
Beyond your weekly mowing, it’s important to take a little time to seed, trim and prune the greenery around your home. Keep your home from looking neglected by cutting back overgrown areas and mulching where needed.
If you don’t want to deal with huge amounts of landscaping, you’re not alone. Most homebuyers today are looking for low-maintenance living. You can reduce the maintenance requirements of your lawn along with your water bill by removing lawn and replacing it with drought-tolerant plants.
Add Some Landscaping
Passersby are more likely to notice a large shrub than a perky flower, so make your landscaping choices carefully. Plant shrubs along a sidewalk, put a tree in a bare spot on the lawn or frame the door with pots containing perennials.
Edge Your Garden
Adding a border or edge to a garden bed will give your lawn a professional appearance, adding to its curb appeal. Choose an edging material that is solid, high quality and made to last.
Clean Your Windows
Whether yore going to have the windows professionally cleaned or do the work yourself, having clean windows will let more light in and give the house a cleaner look.
Paint The Exterior
If the outdoor paint has been beat up by the sun for the last 10 years, it may be time for a new coat or two of paint. If you have vinyl siding, a power wash may be all that you need to have the house looking like new all over again.
Power Wash The Exterior
What a water hose can’t clean, a power washer can. Rent, borrow or buy a power washer and then get to business. You’ll want to clean decks, your carport, outdoor toys, pavement and the side of your house.
Add Some Color
Sellers are always told to paint their walls with neutral colors, but when it comes to your front door, a little color can actually be a good thing. Choose a hue that complements your home’s exterior color and landscaping though so you can bring your front door to life.
Paint The Trim
Painting the trim of your home will add a pop and help the home stand out from the crowd. It can also be a great distraction from smaller, less important items.
Install New Lighting
Path lighting is cheap and adds an instant layer of character to your house. You can be install it yourself or you can hire someone to do it for you. You can also replace old fixtures with bright, modern versions.
Add An Outdoor Living Space
Put out some chairs and a small table on a porch, deck or patio to make your space feel bigger. If you’re short on space, get rid of the potted plants on your porch and add a bench.
Clean The Roof
If your roof is full of moss, weeds and mold you should get up there and clean it. While you’re at it, clean the gutters too and look for any missing or broken tiles that need to be replaced.
Do you know of any other low cost ways to boost the curb appeal of your home?