Whether you are planning on selling your home, or are staying put and just want to spruce up the exterior, you have plenty of options available to you that don’t involve breaking the bank. The outside of your home is the first thing people see, and you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression as they say. Here are just a few low-cost ways to boost curb appeal.
If you don’t exactly have a green thumb or the funds to really overhaul your yard, a fresh layer of dark mulch can really alter the look, and make it look freshly landscaped. Many city and county agencies often give away mulch for free, so check on this before buying it. As an added bonus, it helps keep soil moist and reduces runoff.
The Door Makes a Difference
The door is one of the most noticeable aspects of your home’s exterior and if yours is a bit outdated or worn, it is a good idea to rectify this. Consider slapping on a fresh coat of paint, or if it is really beat-up looking, buying a new door is a good idea. If your door is in relatively good shape, consider at least changing the handle and lock set for something more stylish and modern.
A Good Washing Can Do Wonders
Over the years, countless layers of dirt and grime have built up on your siding, porch, driveway, sidewalk and other exterior elements. Because it has been gradual, you probably have not noticed the extent of it, and don’t realize how dirty everything is. A good power washing can make a dramatic difference.
Don’t Forget about Your Fence
You may be so used to your fence you don’t even notice it anymore, but anyone seeing your home for the first time will immediately notice—there is likely not larger constructed element in your yard than this. To a fresh set of eyes, stains and discolorations will stick out like sore thumbs. A semi-transparent stain can give it a fresh look. Consider using this same stain on other wood elements, such as benches, decks and sheds, to create a more cohesive look.
Give Your Landscape a Makeover
There is a lot you can do to beautify your yard without spending a lot of money. Trim any overgrowth, and get rid of any dead plant matter. Plant some colourful flowers. Many real estate agents recommend avoiding ‘hot’ colors like reds and yellows, and going for more soothing, cooler colors like purple and blue.
Add Some Color to Your Home
If repainting your whole house is not in the budget or unnecessary because your current paint job is still holding out pretty well, consider adding some accents to make your home pop a bit. Choose two or three colors that go well together, and use them on areas like the door, window casements, shutters or other exterior elements.
These are just a few budget ways to get the outside of your home in tip-top shape. Just commit to doing at least one thing, and that will create a nice momentum.