7 Cost-Effective Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal
The moment you place your home on the market, you need to consider how it appears to other people. Potential buyers drive past to scope out the property, and you want to make sure they like what they see.
However, some home improvement projects seem to cost a fortune. After all the time and effort you put into your home, you want to ensure you cover your costs-and hopefully make some money on your residential investment. If you want to boost your curb appeal without spending an arm and a leg, read this blog. In it, we will discuss 7 cost-effective ways to improve the look of your home.
Don’t Underestimate Paint Color
Hiring a company to paint your entire home may incur a high price tag, but painting your door won’t. If you’re comfortable with the change, select a bold paint color like bright red or even deep purple. The color will draw potential buyers’ eyes, and the new coat of paint will make it appear well maintained. If you have window shutters, add a matching coat to bring the color throughout the home’s facade.
Give the Exterior a Spring Cleaning
While bold colors create visual interest, if your home’s exterior is dirty or grimy, you’ll need to take another step to make the property picture-perfect: pressure wash it. If you do not own a pressure washer, borrow one from a neighbor or rent one from a local home improvement store. Before you point and shoot, read all instructions. Siding, brick, or vinyl may have specific care guidelines that you need to understand in order to maintain it.
Place Outdoor Lights
Remember that potential home buyers don’t just search for homes during the day. Many work during the week and need to drive around at dusk or even at night to peruse their options. To make your house stand out, add exterior lights. This will make it seem more inviting and encourage home shoppers to tour the interior. In addition, if you place each light strategically, you emphasize your home’s best features. For example, install one on either side of your door to show off the new paint color and position others near flower beds or shrubs to hint at the landscaping.
Flowers spruce up your lawn and make your home more attractive. Like outdoor lights, plants evoke a welcoming atmosphere, and their various colors help your property stand out. Just remember to plant the correct flowers for your garden. Plants bloom in different seasons, so choose bulbs (or buy already grown plants) that will flower while you plan to show your house. For example, snowdrops, Christmas roses, and daffodils bloom in the late winter and early spring. However, you should plant flowers like the dahlia, coreopsis, and aster for a summer sale. Think about your flowers’ season before you plant to ensure your garden appears full and vibrant when potential buyers arrive. You could even consider placing a few that attract birds and butterflies to give your property an idyllic impression.
Maintain Your Lawn
If you notice bare or brown spots on your lawn, it’s time to reseed. Prioritize a lush green lawn since that will attract many buyers. In many ways, your lawn makes the first impression on visitors, so make sure it’s a good one. Purchase lawn aerator sandals, and walk on top of your grass while you wear the odd-looking contraptions. This will create passages for air, nutrients, and water to travel deep into the soil and roots. Then, place new turf and fertilize it. You may find yourself surprised by how much this can alter your home’s general appearance. Don’t forget to mow the repaired lawn with your blades high (no shorter than 2″) to give grass roots the best chance to flourish.
Cut Back Trees
Your property’s well-maintained flora encourages shoppers, but overgrown and unpruned trees can accomplish the opposite. Create the cared-for look you want by hiring tree trimming experts. Every year, people injure themselves as they try to prune large trees, so don’t make that mistake. Trust professionals to trim trees in the correct and safe way. This act will help trees look their best and grow healthy in the future.
Add Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture shows that residents maximize their space. It’s one thing to see a porch and imagine how you could use it; it’s another to see it with a porch swing, rocking chair, or glider. The pieces show onlookers how they could entertain guests or simply enjoy a lazy Saturday afternoon. However, do not overload areas with large (or too many) pieces. This could make the area appear smaller than it actually is and discourage an offer.
Now that you know a few of the most cost-effective and impactful ways to boost your home’s curb appeal, try out a few of these projects.