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Inexpensive Ways To Improve Curb Appeal

Real estate experts agree that upgrading your home’s curb appeal is one of the best ways to drive potential buyers to your door. Fortunately, with the right tricks and tips, you don’t need to have a large budget. You’ll get high returns on a low-cost investment with the following ways to improve curb appeal without breaking the bank.

1. Improve Curb Appeal with Basic Maintenance

Flowers and fresh paint won’t cover up visible damage on a home. When flaws are visible, buyers get the impression that the home hasn’t been cared for. Improve the look of your home with a few simple maintenance chores.

Check the roof and replace any missing or curled shingles. Replace any missing bricks and reseal cracks in the concrete. Sand and repaint areas with peeling paint. Replace any cracked windows and paint and caulk neglected window frames. Clean and reattach or replace sagging gutters.

2. Give the Exterior a Bath

One of the best and least expensive ways to improve curb appeal is making your home’s exterior sparkle. Use a bucket of soapy water and a long-handled brush to scrub away dirt and dust that has settled on the exterior.

Don’t forget the front door and garage door. Thoroughly wash windows on both sides. Alternatively, use a pressure washer to deep clean your home. Clean up driveways and walkways with a pressure washer, too. You can rent one or hire a pressure washing company to handle the work for you.

3. Spruce Up Landscaping

Pristine landscaping is a must if you’re putting your home on the market. A neglected lawn suggests a neglected home. Don’t spend a fortune on elaborate landscaping to improve curb appeal.

Keep your lawn fertilized and mowed. Use an inexpensive mulch like wood chips or pine straw around trees and bushes to give a manicured look and keep down weeds. Add a splash of color with a bed of drought-tolerant plants like ornamental grasses, lavender, and salvia.

4. Freshen the Entryway

The entryway is like an invitation to your home for potential buyers. A fresh coat of paint is an easy trick to make a good first impression. The trend today is for bold and unique colors, but you can’t go wrong with classic black, white, or red. Add a new doormat, a seasonal wreath, and symmetrical container gardens on each side of your doorway.

5. Upgrade Your Mailbox

Improve curb appeal by updating up your mailbox. Hand-painted mailboxes are available for around $50 or go with a die-cast aluminum mailbox for between $100 and $300. Don’t worry if you can’t shell out money for a new mailbox. As long as yours is in fair condition, a paint job and new street numbers will do the trick. If your mailbox is near the road, consider planting flowers around it.

6. Add Evening Curb Appeal

While most home showings are during the day, you may get some potential buyers who request an evening appointment, especially in the winter when the days are shorter. Some buyers drive by homes they are interested in after work, around dusk.

Improve curb appeal in the evenings with some low-voltage lighting or solar lights near driveways, sidewalks, and to highlight landscaping. Add a decorative light fixture to the front porch. Check to see that any lamps visible through the windows enhance your home’s appearance.

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