The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, December 10, 2018

Increase Curb Appeal for Cheap

The exterior of your home gives off the first impression to friends, neighbors, and potential buyers. Especially important when selling your home, the outside of your house should be inviting and welcoming to anyone that walks by. Buyers searching for a new home will likely judge the exterior of your house in photos, meaning it could make or break you during the selling process. However, cleaning up your curb appeal doesn’t have to cost you much. Check out our quick tricks to transform your home’s exterior to maximum potential for minimum cash.

Clean like Crazy

It might seem like the most obvious, but cleaning up your yard, bushes, and windows is one of the easiest and most profound ways to get your home looking sharp from the sidewalk. Dedicate a day over the weekend to do a deep cleaning of your exterior. Trim the bushes, mow the lawn, and sweep the leaves to get your beautiful landscape looking lush. Use your garden hose to spray down your driveway, sidewalk, and fence. For maximum shine, wash your windows to get them glimmering and giving off the best impression both inside and outside. Since you typically have the most common cleaning supplies, this task will be cheap to start and have lasting effects once you finish.

Add Shutters and Increase Size

A simple and inexpensive way to increase the size of your house is to accentuate your windows by adding shudders. You’d be surprised how much shudders can liven up the outside of your house. They make your windows look larger and add visual interest by adding depth against the bland exterior. Shutters are relatively cheap and easy to find within your budget. Pick a color for your shudders than contrasts the tone of your siding, paint, or brick. Adding a splash of color with your shudders is a great way to make your home look bigger and adds a pop from the first glance.

Dare to Paint Your Door  

Even if you don’t love your front door, that doesn’t mean you have to throw tons of money into getting a new one. Be bold and choose a new color to paint your front door with. Pick a color that contrasts the rest of your house to make a statement. Dark rich tones will add a sense of elegance while a brighter color could be helpful to add attention and catch the eye. A bucket of paint is cheap, all you have to do is pick the color. You can also think outside the box and add interest with new molding. New molding is a great way to add a decorative frame to your door and make it a welcoming grand entrance for everyone that knocks.

There are lots of ways to increase your home’s curb appeal without breaking the bank. Most tricks to clean up your exterior require more effort than money. Spend some time making a few improvements to your exterior and see the difference first hand. You’ll be thankful when it comes time to sell and the front of your house already looks picture perfect.

 


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