Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

The Munster’s house

If you’re planning on selling your home one of the first things you need to think about is curb appeal.  You may have a modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a newly renovated bathroom, but it won’t mean a thing if no one gets to see them.

If a potential buyer mistakes the front of your house for the Munster’s house they won’t even bother getting out of their car for a closer look.  You need to add some curb appeal to get those passing by to stop and take notice.

When we put our house on the market last summer I told our realtor I was hoping someone would walk in and buy my house right away.  We wanted to time it so we could move during the summer and avoid having the kids change schools in the middle of the year.  Our realtor said the best thing we could do to help sell our house was price the house to sell and make it look its best.

Here are a few of the tips he gave for increasing curb appeal without breaking the bank.

Power wash the exterior.  You might be used to looking at the stains and grime on the outside of your home but a potential buyer may be turned off.  Rent or borrow a pressure washer and spend an afternoon thoroughly cleaning your home’s exterior.

Add a fresh layer of mulch.  A well manicured and maintained landscape will add some serious curb appeal, and fresh mulch is a cost-effective way of sprucing up your yard.  Some towns and counties actually offer mulch for free, but it’s not that expensive and you can easily do it yourself without paying a professional.

Spruce up the front door.  If the key sticks and the door knob looks like it is about to fall off, the showing will be off to a bad start.  Updating your door’s handle and deadbolt is another inexpensive project that most people can do themselves.  You should also consider sanding and painting the door if it is looking old and faded.

Add some color to the yard.  Stand at the curb facing your home and take an objective look.  If it looks dry and boring you may need to add a few splashes of color.  New shutters or a fresh coat of paint on the window casements can have a surprising impact.  Also consider adding some colorful flowers to accent the yard, but keep it simple.  Potential buyers will like a pretty yard, but they may be turned off at the thought of spending every weekend maintaining it.

Get rid of the clutter.  When a potential buyer pulls up in front of your house, she wants to be able to picture herself living there.  That’s hard to do when all of your stuff is spread out across the yard.  Obviously there’s not much you can do about that if you’re still living in the house, but you should do your best to get rid of any unnecessary clutter or at least hide it in the shed or garage.

Do you have any other tips for adding curb appeal to a home on the market?

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  1. says

    Great tips. When I was last looking at houses, I was appalled how little people cared about the condition of the home they were trying to sell! Curb appeal is definitely important to me, it speaks to how well the house was being cared for.

  2. says

    These tips are very helpful, Mike! My cousin had a tough time selling their old house, having four kids living in it at the time they were trying to sell, there’s clutter everywhere and they couldn’t really do much about the house with the kids there. Finally they had to send the kids to their grandparents’ so they could tidy up the place, replace what needs to be replaced and repaint some parts of the house. After this, they were able to sell the house in a jiffy. It was like magic.

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