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  • Mark Pattison

Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Your Curb Appeal

Get maximum results for minimum costs with these tips for improving your home's curb appeal.

A Well-kept, visually pleasing home exterior create an inviting feeling for those who pass by or visit your home. This is crucial if your home is on the market.

Read these tips to get the biggest results with the lowest cost. Your home will not go unnoticed.

Clean it up

It may sound obvious, but dedicating a weekend, or even a day to deep clean your yard will enhance the curb appeal.

Trimming bushes and mowing you lawn is a good start, but there are many more things to do. Tidy up by hosing down your driveway, sidewalks, windows, and any exterior places that need some love. Be sure to use the strongest setting on the nozzle.

If you have trouble getting the dirt off your home, you may need to rent a power washer. Be careful around your windows and roof you don't want to strip any sealing or cause any expensive damage.

Using a mix of warm water with detergent, clean off the windows on both sides. Simply spraying them with a garden house will not provide the sparkle you are looking for.

Shop for shutters

Want to make your windows look larger? Add some shutters. Not only do shutters accentuate the size, but also add some visual interest. Pick a color that adds contrast to your home. The color pop from the shutters will direct attention to your home.

Create accent areas with paint

Painting is one of the quickest and easiest ways to boost your home's curb appeal. It is unnecessary to paint the entire exterior, instead focus on the trim, doors, and window shutters.

Painting is inexpensive. A gallon of paint typically costs about $20 to $30 dollars. Before getting too excited, make sure to plan a color scheme. Keep in mind the style of your home, make sure to accentuate it, rather than attempt to change it.

Give your door some TLC

You don't have to break the bank to give your door a make over. You can paint the door a fun color, and better yet you can add some molding. Molding will provide a decorative touch to your door. An inviting door does a great job welcoming visitors into your home.

Want to take it a step further? You can add metal numbers to your door. These numbers only cost around $5 per number. A wreath or seasonal decorations create an even more inviting visual for your home.

Step up your house numbers

If you don't love the idea of house numbers on your newly, remodeled door, there are other great options.

First, you could paint a planter with your house numbers and place it in front of your door step. Second, you could hang or paint the numbers on your front porch stair risers. Lastly, You could add the numbers to a post planter next to your front porch.

New light fixtures

Updating your exterior light fixtures is crucial to boost your curb appeal. New light fixtures are inexpensive and go a long way. You can buy an outdoor light for about $20 at your local home center. If you want to save money, you can even spray paint them for a fresh finish.

Be picky with your outdoor furniture

Don't go overboard with your outdoor furniture and decorations. Make an effort to limit and keep your porch simple. It is important to leave some room for buyers to imagine their own personal style in the space.

Outdoor furniture and decor provides an exciting view and helps buyers to imagine how to use the space. Bright pops of color and pieces with character create a more visually stimulating visual. Just remember not to over do it.

Quick, easy changes

If these ideas got you excited to boost your curb appeal, try a few more. These ideas are quick and have instant effects.

Replace your mailbox. If you don't want to drop $100, spray paint your current mail box for a fresh glow. Plant a new tree or build a bench around a tree you already have! Add some color with some fresh flowers! Lastly, hide any eyesores. Hide your garbage cans and hose!

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