How to Boost your Home’s Curb-Appeal on a Tiny Budget

Not only does the exterior add value to your home, but it’s also the first picture potential home buyers see when you list your home for sale. I wanted to share with you few ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home with some elbow grease, and without spending a lot of money.

Clean Up:   Sometimes it’s obvious that you need to dedicate a weekend to cleaning up the exterior of your home.

  • Trim bushes
  • Plant Flowers
  • Weed
  • Mow the Lawn
  • Rake leaves
  • Sweep sidewalks

But, to do the “deep cleaning,” you may want to rent a power washer that can clean the sidewalks and the siding of the home to remove the dirt and dust.

Windows:   Next, focus on the windows. Clean them inside and out. You don’t have to buy expensive glass cleaner liquid, just use a mix of diluted detergent and vinegar in warm water. (Google to find several low-cost window cleaning solutions that you can make at home.) Instead of paper towels, use newspapers to dry the windows.

Paint:    Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, focus on the trim, shutters and doors. Focus on accent colors that will make your windows and doors “pop.”

Front Door:    No need to replace it (unless you really hate it). You may want to repaint it. If it’s a wooden door, you may want to consider stripping off the old finish, staining it with a wood stain color and sealing it with a clear finish.

  • Consider adding molding around the door frame to make the front door seem bigger.
  • Replace your house numbers to make them more noticeable—which may cost you about $5 per number.
  • Add a wreath or hang seasonal decorations on or near your door to give it that homey feeling.

Update Outside Light Fixtures:    You could clean the glass and remove the bugs that accumulate there. But another option is to replace the light fixtures—especially if the metal is pitted and dull.

You can usually find sconces for around $20 each at home centers or online. However, make sure that the new fixtures have the same mounting system or you’ll spend $$ hiring an electrician.

If you don’t want to replace them, buy some spray paint and paint them black, aluminum, gold or an accent color. A can of spray paint is about $10.

Patio Furniture:    If you have a front porch and want to use some patio furniture, it’s best to minimize the amount you place there. Too much furniture makes it look crowded. You may want to replace faded cushions or pillows with colorful ones that accent your house.

Some additional updates….

While these suggestions may cost you a little more money, here are some other updates to consider:

  • Install a new mailbox or paint your existing one
  • Plant a tree or ornamental bush
  • Strategically place flower boxes or potted flowers on your porch or around your home
  • Hide your trash bins behind a small fence or build a garbage can shed • Hide your hose in a pot or storage bench
  • Remove “yard art” that does not complement your home (think pink flamingos or wind socks)
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