A lot of homeowners put a ton of time and effort into improving the curb appeal of their home before selling. And while first impressions are very important, and can even influence a potential buyers decision to buy or not, there is no reason to re-do the whole front of your house. To save you time, money, and stress, we put together a list of 5 things that get the most bang for your buck when it comes to adding curb appeal.
The first, and most obvious, thing people think about when adding curb appeal is landscaping. Looking at everything all at once can make the task of landscaping feel daunting. In truth there are only a few things you need to focus on that will give you the most impact.
If you only do one thing to add curb appeal let it be the yard. It takes up the most space and will have the biggest visual impact. Water regularly to avoid any brown patches and keep it mowed. Staying on top of watering and mowing regularly will keep things from getting out of hand.
The next thing to do is to make the best of what you already have. Weeding and cleaning up dried leaves from last year will make a huge difference. Prune any overgrown bushes and consider areas that are thin or lacking color.
Fresh flowers and new plants gives any house a dose of cheer, but there’s no reason to go all out to get the full impact. Window boxes are an easy and cheep way to brighten up the front of your house. Potted plants are also an easy way to inject some greenery into your front yard with minimal effort.
If your yard doesn’t have one yet, consider planting a tree. It is one of the most common landscaping additions home owners make when improving curb appeal.
2. New House Numbers
It’s a small detail but not to be overlooked. New house number are an easy and cheap way to represent an updated house. Potential buyers coming to tour your house have never been there and will need to see the house number to find it. Consider an option that will be easy to see from the street. Order some from home depot here.
3. Refresh the Front Door
The front door and porch are going to be any potential buyers first impression of your home and will set the tone for how they feel about the house as a whole. First, evaluate the door itself. If it’s rotting in any spots or has extensive damage you’ll want to replace the whole thing.
However, most people won’t need to go as far as replacing the whole door. A fresh coat of paint in a bright but complimentary color will be enough to upon up the entry way and give it a inviting feel. On older homes do away with the dated brass door handle and opt for a more modern brushed nickel or matte black finish.
Have fun with your front door area. A wreath is a great way to add character to the front off your house, and toss out that crusty old welcome mat. Instead, choose something happy and quirky that will stick in visitors heads.
This is also a great place to add those potted plants mentioned earlier. If your home has a porch adding outdoor furniture is great touch.
4. The Magic of Power Washing
After an hour with a power washer your driveway look like new! That black grime on your cement that’s built up over the winter practically disappears, and there’s nothing better to get moss and weeds out of the cracks of your sidewalk. Even siding that is a bit grimy can be turned around and refreshed with a power washer. They cost about $200 to purchase or can be rented for around $100.
5. Don’t forget the mailbox!
Updating your mail box is a cost effective way to give a boos to your home’s curb appeal. If its dented or broken consider buying a new one otherwise a fresh coat of paint will do the trick. Plant a few flowers around the base or surround the post with a pine straw bed to really show it off.
Improving curb appeal is a must when selling a home, but it won’t overcome the negative features inside. If your home needs more than just a spruce up on the exterior check out this blog post about what you need to know before remodeling.