There are plenty of low-cost, easy home renovations you can make to boost the curb appeal of your property. Adding curb appeal to your home not only makes it easier to sell it fast but also gives it a pleasant, finished appearance that you can be proud of.
Consider what your house now looks like and what will go best with it when deciding which upgrades to make.
How Can I Make My House Look Better?
Install Outdoor Lighting
Low-voltage landscape lighting enhances the appearance of your property while also offering protection and safety. Fixtures can brighten a walking path or give accent lighting to trees or the house.
Consider using a mix of fixtures and lighting types for the best landscape lighting. Install solar fixtures if you can’t use lights that require wiring.
Paint the Front Door
The entrance of your home is the main focus of its curb appeal. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint or install a unique wood door to make a statement.
Use metal polish on the door fixtures and clean any dusty places around the knob. Choose a flag, swag, or wreath that shows your unique taste and complements the inside of your home.
Add Decorations Outdoor
Adding weather-resistant artwork to your yard can provide a splash of personality and curb appeal. Choose pieces that blend well with your home’s natural color scheme and exterior features. Outdoor art options include sculptures, metal cutouts, and wind chimes.
Water sculptures not only serve as yard art, but their soothing sounds also help to calm you down on hot days. Place fountains on level ground to provide the best hearing and sighting opportunities.
Enhance Your Walkway
Tile or paint a design that contrasts with the front step to create a lasting welcome mat. You won’t have to worry about upgrading the rug when it wears out, and your resourcefulness will impress your guests.
If you prefer to tile, make sure you choose a tile that is suitable for outdoor use. If you’re planning to lay the tile on polished concrete, you’ll need to grind it down first so the thin-set cement will adhere.
Upgrade Your Mailbox
A 90s style or a weary old mailbox that looks like everyone else’s on the block can be readily upgraded to a new and sleek version that may not be a crucial aspect of curb appeal but will still add to a fresh look for the front of your on-sale property.
Clean and Replace Old Gutters
Gutters worn and clogged will not impress potential buyers, so clean them thoroughly and power washes the outside to remove years of grime and debris. Consider a full replacement if they’re looking sad and droopy, as this would significantly sharpen up the lines of your soon-to-be-sold property.
If your home has an older gutter system, likely, it’s also in need of repair, as evidenced by peeling paint, rust spots, and other issues that give the impression of neglect. Replace outdated gutters with newer, vinyl gutter systems that require no painting and can be installed with a few tools.
Create a Small Garden
Box gardens quickly and affordably give a welcoming ambiance and vibrant curb appeal to any home exterior. Garden centers sell ready-made containers, or you can make your own with your favorite plants.
Wood, ceramic, and plastic are all common materials for pots. A staggered, asymmetrical layout works best for most landscapes to create a dynamic setting.
Maintain Your Lawn
Most homeowners either enjoy or despise lawn maintenance, but if you’re planning to sell your home, you’ll need to stay on top of it like never before. To prospective homeowners on the fence, a perfectly maintained lawn with well-kept shrubs and bushes says, “buy me!”
Upgrade Your House Number
Adding a house number to the external curb appeal of your home can add beauty and interest. Your home may not be conveying the aesthetic you believe it is if it is out of date or dingy. Traditional homes benefit from oil-bronze finishes, while more contemporary homes benefit from brushed nickel.
Clean Your Roof
If your roof is old and in need of replacement, you should replace it before selling, but this can be a costly upgrade. If it’s still in good form and has a few years left, a thorough cleaning might bring it back to life by removing algae and stains from the tree.
Pressure washing eliminates the dirt and grime from your roof, allowing it to shine. A clean roof will show prospective buyers that you are on top of home maintenance concerns.