How to Cheaply Improve Curb Appeal

How to Cheaply Improve Curb Appeal

Did you know first impressions are formed within seven seconds? According to the National Association of Realtors, 63 percent of homebuyers will drive by after viewing a home they like online. Will potential buyers like what they see? If your home needs a facelift, don’t fret! There are plenty of improvement options that won’t break the bank.

Paint the Front Door, Trim, and/or Shutters

The average can of paint costs only $30. A fresh coat of paint can change the whole look of your home. Pick a bold accent color, but make sure it goes with the color palette of your house. You can do this by sticking with warm or cool colors, monochromatic colors, or analogous colors.

Warm colors are shades of red, orange and yellow and cool colors are shades of blue, green, and purple. Monochromatic colors are different shades of a single color, and analogous colors are neighbors on the color wheel.

Color Scheme Basics Infographic | InsureTN

Upgrade Your Mailbox

Your mailbox probably sits by the side of the road or is mounted on the wall by your front door. A quick upgrade can easily add value and curb appeal. You can purchase a new mailbox for less than $20. However, it is important that you abide by any rules or regulations set by the city or your neighborhood/homeowners association.

Create a Walkway

Potential buyers prefer to have a clear, defined path to the front door. There are many options that range in price for creating a walkway. Slate is an easy and cost-effective option with a wide range of textures and designs. If you already have a defined walkway, consider embellishing the path by adding flowers or solar lights!

New House Numbers

If your house numbers are dirty or outdated, consider purchasing a new set. Some numbers are as cheap as $2 per number. If you are comfortable spending a bit more, a customized plaque can add a personalized touch. Updating your address numbers not only adds to curb appeal, but also allows potential buyers to find your home with ease (double win)!

Add New Trees or Flowers

Trees and flowers are the perfect accessories and accents for your yard. Research plants that thrive in your environment and select colors that will pop on the exterior of your home. Pro tip: when selecting plants, choose something that is easy to maintain. Some buyers are intimidated by garden spaces that require a strong green thumb.

Replace Old Exterior Lighting

Curb appeal is important during all times of day, including dusk and dawn. Adding exterior lighting can create functionality and add style. Many buyers prefer energy-efficient lighting systems, so consider solar powered options. Additionally, make sure your fixtures match the current aesthetic of your home.

Create Customization

Potential buyers gravitate towards custom pieces that are specific to your home. If you really want to captivate your buyers, consider building custom benches, swings, or other yard accents. You can add a personal touch by painting flower pots or creating yard art. Buyers will appreciate these personal accents and easily imagine themselves living in your home.

Curb appeal is very important in today’s real estate market. These small touches can have a big impact on your home’s value and buyer interest.

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