Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal Tips

Suburban HomeFirst impressions are everything when it comes to selling a home. And while you might think the abundance of interior square footage, open layout, or prime location of your home are enough to bring in an offer, never underestimate the importance of curb appeal. The feeling buyers get when they first pull up to your home will influence how they view everything that follows; and if it’s not what they had hoped for, they may move on to other options without even walking through the house.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you will need to hire a professional landscaper, add on a wraparound porch, or even repaint your entire house. There are some high-impact changes you can make, all while staying on budget:

 

1. Add window boxes and planters.

Can’t afford lavish landscaping? You can always install window boxes or arrange planters on or around your front porch for some added greenery. Hanging planters are also a great way to add a pop of color to the façade of your home without the expense of professional landscaping.

 

2. Replace your mulch.

Even if creating new flower bed layouts or building stone retention walls is not in your budget, you can try replacing the mulch in your yard for a well-manicured look. You can even lay down some torn up newspaper before placing the mulch over top to help your supply go farther.

 

3. Refinish or repaint your front door.

While replacing your front door with an upgraded option can get quite pricey, repainting or refinishing it can be a great option. Whether you choose a color or a more natural finish, just remember to keep the other colors and features of your home in mind.

 

4. Replace old hardware.

In addition to a fresh coat of paint, new hardware is a simple and inexpensive way to boost your curb appeal. This includes replacing any outdated light fixtures or house numbers as well. Just be mindful of the style the rest of your home when selecting these. If you are unsure, consult your local home improvement store or realtor for advice.

 

5. Rent a power washer.

Maybe replacing siding or repainting your entire house isn’t feasible, but power washing any grimy areas can help a lot when trying to sell your home. While you’re at it, wash your driveway and front walkway as well.

 

6. Clean up any clutter.

What is true for the interior of your home is true for the outside as well. Be sure to clean up any disheveled garden hoses, trash, or toys. Also, keep lawn ornaments to a minimum when your house is on the market. This will help buyers focus on the property itself.

 

7. Create an outdoor living space.

If your house has a porch or patio area, take advantage of this and stage an outdoor living space. This will demonstrate the function and livability of your home, both inside and out. Even if you don’t have the budget to purchase a new patio set, you can repaint an old one or ask friends and family if you can borrow theirs while you are trying to sell your house.

 

It’s amazing how far a fresh coat of paint, a little added greenery, new hardware, and other inexpensive fixes can to boost the desirability of your home. For this reason, it is important to save room in your renovation budget for curb appeal projects when you are looking to sell your home. These are just a few budget-friendly tips to help you roll out the welcome mat for potential buyers. For more advice on how to make the best first impression, please feel free to contact me at courtney@courtneybuie.com.

 

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