If you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, you’re in good company. While some people have a natural eye for it, others need a jolt of creativity to upgrade their home’s style. Whatever your ability, improving the curb appeal of your property is essential. Inexpensive changes can not only help sell your home fast but in certain areas, like landscaping, it can increase property value as well. Consider these changes today for maximum impact.
- Hide Eyesores
The first tip on our list has nothing to do with adding interest but taking away those items that serve as more of a distraction than anything else. Wires, electrical boxes, hoses, and other equipment are necessary on a functional level but are painful to look at. Consider strategically painting nearby items so that these unsightly fixtures stand out less, or purchase inexpensive panels or containers to hide them so that they are practically invisible from the road.
- Fix the Front
Replacing an old door makes a huge difference in upgrading the appearance of your home, but entryways can be expensive (several hundred dollars or more in most areas). For a quick fix, add a fresh coat of paint and some new molding. Painting can enhance your entryway without requiring you to shell out all the cash. For an even quicker, and practically free, fix, consider washing your door. Give your front door a deep-clean to help remove years of built-up grime and have your home looking good as new.
Another option for a front-of-the-house facelift? Add some artificial stone panels. Exposed slab foundations are unsightly to look at, but faux panels offer an attractive, wallet-friendly solution. While faux stone tends to be the most popular option, you can also opt for those in rock, wood, or brick styles.
- Upgrade the Lighting
A worn out lighting system, whether affixed to your home or operating as a stand-alone solar unit, can make your home look drab. Even worse? A lighting system that is not functional, leaving your home in the dark and invisible to passersby. Swap out your old light fixtures for new, stylish ones, or even paint your old ones to give them a fresh look.
- Maintain the Lawn
Taking care of your lawn is a natural, no-brainer task that can add instant appeal and maintain the overall landscape year round. Cut your grass regularly and add edging or other unique landscaping features to make your home more attractive.
Similarly, it would be best if you kept your planting beds weeded and mulched at all times. Regular maintenance will give your lawn and landscape a crisp appearance, while also helping your plants to thrive. Consider planting a mixture of annual and perennial flowers to attract potential visitors to your home. Keep trees and hedges pruned, trimmed, and cleared as well.
- Give the Exterior a Spritz
We already mentioned scrubbing your door down if you’re trying to increase your home’s curb appeal in a hurry. However, washing your home is another fantastic way to boost your curb appeal while on a budget instantly. Use a garden hose with the nozzle on its stiffest setting to blast dirt and grime off your home, driveway, and walkways. If you find the pressure of a hose isn’t enough to get the job done, consider renting a pressure washer – but be careful, as this can remove caulk and other vital materials.
When you’re washing, don’t leave the job to just the siding and driveway. Make sure you hit your windows as well. Spray them down with water and make sure to then sponge them with vinegar or detergent to keep them sparkling.
- Mend Any Damages
Mending damages is particularly true in regards to your driveway. A well-maintained driveway can be a high selling point for your home. Patch or reseal your driveway yourself, or consider paying to have it done professionally (keeping in mind that DIY jobs tend to be much cheaper).
- Install New Fixtures
A doorknob that has eye-catching features can enhance the appearance of the entire front of your home. While your options in the past may have been limited to basic styles, you can now find a doorknob to suit just about any fancy. Get creative and explore more advanced options such as those with safety door locks, cameras, or numerical locking codes. Fixtures as such can be more costly upfront but do contribute to a higher selling point.
The bottom line? If you have a few dollars and a little bit of time to spare, you can quickly boost the curb appeal of your home in just a single weekend. These ideas are budget-friendly and attainable for any property, no matter where you may live.
Lucy Crawford is a home design and DIY writer, and lover of herbal tea. With her busy hands, she is always challenging herself with a new DIY project. She enjoys designing spaces where she can relax and enjoy a good book.