METCALF MOVING BLOG
Inexpensive and Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is a great way to catch a potential buyer’s eye. Fortunately, homeowners who are getting ready to put their homes on the market can increase the curb appeal of their property without breaking the bank or spending countless hours. Of course, preparing to move is a stressful time, but here are six inexpensive and easy ways to dress up a home’s exterior.
1. Paint the Front Door
Tired paint quickly brings down the appearance of a home, especially from a house’s point of entry. However, painting the front door can transform the look of a home and make it welcoming. All it costs is a gallon of paint and a couple of hours at most. Choose a bold color that complements the home’s exterior paint or siding, and be sure to correctly prep the door before giving it a new coat of paint.
2. Manicure the Lawn and Yard
Homeowners never know when potential buyers may drive by their property, so it’s a good idea to keep it consistently looking nice. A manicured lawn gives the impression that an owner takes pride and good care of their home. Regularly mowing, pulling weeds from flower beds (adding a little color also bumps up curb appeal), mulching flower beds, removing branches and other debris in the yard, and edging the lawn helps the yard “pop.” This can be time-consuming, but dedicating a little time each day helps make the job easier.
3. Upgrade the Mailbox
Many people rarely give their mailboxes a thought, even though they may be decades old. Over time, metal boxes become rusted, and plastic ones fade. Investing in a new mailbox adds curb appeal instantly; a basic mailbox costs between $20 and $50 and only takes about one to two hours to install.
4. Tidy the Driveway and House Exterior
Eliminating clutter beautifies a home’s exterior significantly — tuck trash and recycling containers behind the house, bush, or small fence. Remove items scattered around the driveway and yard, including lawn tools and toys. Seal cracks in the driveway, or have a professional seal the entire driveway. This can usually be done for $80 – $100, depending on the local market.
Brush off cobwebs and bugs from around your front door and front stoop. You’d be surprised how much more welcoming it is when the little critters are removed.
5. Add New House Numbers
Houses with old, faded, or missing house numbers on them look unkempt. Add new numbers to give a decorative touch and practical purpose since buyers will actively seek home numbers to find the right one. House numbers are inexpensive, or order a customized plaque (roughly $50) to give a little upgrade. Alternately, go the DIY route where all it costs is for materials and a couple of hours.
6. Replace (or Paint) Exterior Light Fixture
Light fixtures are another area many homeowners don’t actively think about. However, a new light fixture can also add “pop” to a home’s entryway. This can be a DIY project if you have the proper safety knowledge and electrical skills — if not, hire an electrician. If replacing is not preferred, or an electrician will be too costly, consider painting the fixture a simple, bold black.
Curb Appeal Advantage
First impressions matter, but exterior home improvements don’t need to drain your wallet to catch a buyer’s eye.
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