Adding curb appeal to your home before selling may be the difference between getting what your home is worth and accepting a lower price. The exterior of your home makes the first impression and it needs to be inviting. Sellers should always focus on home improvements for the exterior of the home. If the outside doesn’t look great, it will show up in online pictures, which could lead to your home getting passed up.
Improving your home’s curb appeal doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can do many things to make it look much better without breaking your budget. Here are a few easy ways to increase curb appeal for an affordable price.
The Front Door
Your front door makes a huge impression, even if you don’t think it does. A fresh coat of paint may be all you need to improve the look of the door and the entrance area. You should also consider adding molding and replacing any parts of the doors that may be worn, such as the handle. If the door itself is worn out, replace it.
Maybe one of the easiest outdoor upgrade and one of the most ignored is the actual address of the home. If the numbers for your address are worn out, missing or incomplete, replace them. A nice set of number makes a difference.
An easy way to add curb appeal to your home is to clean the exterior. From the windows to the siding to the lawn, everything should be cleaned up.
Trim the bushes, mow your lawn, clean the windows, sweep your porch and tidy up everything else. Just cleaning up the areas of the outside of your home may provide the curb appeal you need.
If you don’t have time to clean up the outside of your home, hire a landscaping company to handle the bushes and your lawn. You can also hire a company to clean your windows, siding and other areas of the exterior of your home.
Paint Accent Areas
While giving the entire exterior of your home a new coat of paint may be quite a bit of work, painting accent areas isn’t. You can easily add appeal by painting the trim, shutters and doors. This may only cost you $20 or $30 for a gallon of paint, but it can make a big difference in the curb appeal of your home.
Get New Lights
If you spend the time cleaning up the outside of your home and making other changes, but you ignore outdated light fixtures, it may not do much good. It’s very inexpensive to update your lights and you may be able to get them for around $20 each. If the fixtures are still in good shape, you can even paint them with spray paint to make them look fresh and new.
Other things you can do to add curb appeal to your home on a budget include:
Choose minimum patio furniture
Add flower boxes
Replace the mailbox
Hide eyesores, such as the AC unit
By increasing the curb appeal of your home, you will not only end up with a more attractive entrance for buyers, but you will also make your online pictures better. This may be the difference between attracting buyers and selling your home or letting it sit on the market for much longer than you prefer.