4 Low-Cost Curb Appeal Boosters for Your Home

by Lesli Fritts 01/05/2020

Curb appeal, the illusive secret weapon that enamors potential buyers from afar and draws them into your home. There have been several attempts to nail down the “secret formula” for curb appeal.

In reality, the best approach to improving your home’s presentation from outside is to take the time to consider what fits.

In this post, we’ll give you some budget ideas to help you find the curb appeal boosters that will match with your home.

1. Fresh paint

One well-known curb appeal strategy is to repaint some of the notable components of the outside of your home. The places that have to most impact?

  • Front door - a front door that pops, but that also fits with the style of your home and complements its main color will make your home stand out from the neighbors.

  • Shutters - repainting your shutters is another inexpensive area to add some color to your home. However, be wary of choosing bright colors for your shutters if they’re going to clash with or disrupt the overall style of your home.

  • Mailbox - a neglected, dented, and a dirty mailbox is a huge turn off for potential buyers. Buying a new one, or adding a fresh coat of paint to your old one that matches one of the highlight colors of your home, can be a great way to add a sense of continuity to the exterior of your house.

2. Sparse decorations

Just like the inside of your home, less is often more when it comes to decoration. There are a number of things to add to your yard that will improve its overall presentation. But, just be sure that it doesn’t appear out of place or tacky. A single, small, and brightly colored bird house in a tree is usually a safe bet.

3. Simple landscaping

There’s no need to hire contractors for elaborate landscaping or to purchase expensive plants and shrubbery. A well-manicured yard is enough to make your home stand out. And, remember that potential buyers will most likely be looking for a home that is low-maintenance. A simple lawn and walkway say just that.

Also be sure to trim and prune your current trees, bushes, and flowerbeds. You might find that a cleanup is all they needed to be impressive once more.

4. Pressure washing

Most of us grow accustomed to how our home looks and might not notice the accumulation of dirt on the siding. By hiring or renting a pressure washer for a day, you’ll be able to update a number of aspects of curb appeal. From siding and decks to walkways and driveways, you can cover a lot of square footage with a pressure washer.

One note on pressure washers: the better ones can be dangerous. That means hiring a professional could help get the best results for your money. Also, while you can buy a pressure washer, you might find that for the amount you use it, it’s easier just to hire or rent every few years.

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Lesli Fritts

Hi, I'm Lesli Fritts and I'd love to assist you. I have been a full time Realtor in the Douglas/Elbert County area for over 25 years and have completed over 2500 successful real estate transactions. No transaction is either too large, or too small for me to handle. I have sold everything from mansions to one bedrooms condos. I specialize in rural estate properties and vacant land as well. When it comes to listing your home, I am an experienced staging professional and can assist in making your home show it's best. Each and everyone of my clients receive the same level of professionalism and time, regardless of the size of the transaction. I work equally with buyers and sellers. I really enjoy selling real estate but the best part of it is getting to know my clients, their families, and becoming friends! Many of my past clients continue to contact me for their continued real estate needs. Because my clients and friends refer me, you do not need to worry about me "hounding you" once we have made contact. My job is to assist you with buying or selling real estate for the best price obtainable, from start to finish and making the transaction as smooth and seamless as possible. And I love to have some fun while we are throughout the transaction! Experience does count. Whether you're in the research phase at the beginning of your real estate search or you know exactly what you're looking for, you'll benefit from having a real estate professional by your side. I'd be honored to put my extensive real estate experience to work for you!