How to Improve your Home’s Curb Appeal on a Budget

Tips on Improving your Home’s Curb Appeal without Breaking Your Savings Account

By Mark J. Donovan

If you want to sell your home fast or simply want to spruce up the general appearance of your home, one of the simplest things you can do is improve your home’s curb appeal. Investing a little time and money into your home’s curb appeal can pay off huge dividends if planning to sell your home. The first thing prospective buyers see when they drive up to a home for sale is its general outside appearance. If it has an overgrown lawn, shrubs that look like they’ve never been pruned, stuff laying in the yard, and just an overall unkempt appearance, there’s a good chance they may stay in their car and move on. A home that has a well maintained façade, however, may be the deciding factor for some home buyers.

Similarly, if the home’s front yard has no pizzazz, such as lacks shrubs around the home’s foundation and little to no green lawn, or simply looks like a desolate and empty yard, it may not scare off a potential buyer, but it surely won’t provide a good first impression.

And first impressions are critical when it comes to selling homes. The hard truth is that when prospective home buyers drive up to a house that’s front façade and yard looks unappealing they immediately question to themselves, “If this is what the outside looks like should I bother wasting any more time looking at the inside of it?”

So if you want to attract home buyers into your house you need to start by making the outside of it look like eye candy. And to do this, you need to maximize the curb appeal of your home.

Here are 20 tips on improving your home's curb appeal.

Summarized below is a list of things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal without breaking your banking account.

  1. Remove all clutter from your yard and get rid of the unregistered vehicles and trailers.
  2. Put all the play toys away and reduce the patio equipment to the bare essentials.
  3. Throw away old broken outside toys and patio/lawn furniture.
  4. Power wash patio furniture if it has mold growing on it.
  5. Mow the lawn and trim around the home and driveway.
  6. Rake up leaves and grass clippings.
  7. Buy some grass seed and replant grass seed in any bare patches.
  8. Fertilize the lawn if the lawn looks weak. Use a fertilizer with a weed killer if your lawn has a lot of weeds.
  9. Makes sure the gutters are clean and operational. Also make any repairs to them if required.
  10. Prune the overgrown shrubs around the home’s foundation.
  11. If the home lacks shrubs around the home’s foundation go out and buy some and plant them around the home. Then spread mulch around them.
  12. If the house exterior is in need of paint, then spend the time and money and paint it.
  13. If the exterior house paint looks good but has mold or mildew on it, then power wash the house siding to make it look shiny new.
  14. Wash all of the windows from the inside and outside.
  15. Make sure all the window screens are in and functional.
  16. Replace old and faded exterior light fixtures and/or make sure there are light bulbs in them that work.
  17. Plant a flower bed or two in the front yard, possibly around a front walkway or main entrance.
  18. Make sure the mailbox and mailbox post look neat and painted.
  19. Reseal the driveway if you have an asphalt driveway that looks faded.
  20. Lastly, keep the yard looking clean and mow it regularly.

By taking these simple actions you can greatly improve your home’s curb appeal without costing you an arm and a leg. Other than painting the exterior of the home, most of these items can all be completed in a single weekend.

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