First impressions are hard to shake, which is why curb appeal is such a key element to control when selling a home. Unfortunately, many of the major improvements to curb appeal are also major expenses. Here are a few quick-and-easy tricks to improve a home’s exterior without a big investment.
Clean it — No need to spring for new siding if a good power-washing will make it look new. Driveways and sidewalks also build up grunge over time that a good cleaning can erase. And don’t forget to clean the inside and outside of the windows!
Hide the utilitarian — There’s plenty on the outside of a house that serves a function but doesn’t look pretty. Hiding trash and recycling bins behind a fence, concealing a garden hose, and strategically landscaping or decorating to conceal vents or plumbing can help a house look neater.
Invest in the details — An old porch light, outdated house numbers, or an unattractive mailbox can drag down an otherwise beautiful house. By the same token, replacing those things can elevate the whole look.
Try some trim — Painting the trim around doors and windows or even adding some colorful shutters can completely makeover a house’s face.
Add flower pots or boxes — Landscaping can be expensive, but you can bring some of that same color and energy in a snap with flower pots or flower boxes.
With a quick trip to the hardware store and a free weekend, these small-seeming changes can make a big difference in what first impression potential homebuyers take away.