They say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but should you judge a house by its curb appeal? Much like a book, your home's outside can give an impression on what's inside.
Whether you are selling or preparing your home for rent small changes can lead to a greater curb appeal. Here are ten tips on how to increase your home's curb appeal on a budget.
1. Take care of your front lawn
Taking care of your lawn is much like your hair. To look presentable, in most situations you want your hair styled. You want the same for your lawn. When you mow the grass, kill the weeds and rake the leaves it will also lead to a healthier, thicker lawn. Add some water and you will reduce the brown spots. This will show potential buyers and renters that your home is generally well cared for.
2. Trim trees and bushes
Thinking green and increasing your home's curb appeal on a budget brings up something for the green thumbs. If you cannot see your home from the curb then what's the point of adding curb appeal?
More often than not, a basic pair of pruning shears can cut down overgrown trees and shrubs hiding your home. Trim runaway plants and shrubs to create a neat and orderly look and feel. A pair of pruning shears only costs a few dollars so consider it a tree-t on the pocket book.
3. Clean the exterior
It may not seem like much but dirt and grime build up fast on the siding, especially in newer areas where there is construction. Using your garden hose, turn it to the strongest setting and blast the dirt and grim way. For situations with lots of dust, a light bristle brush or a power washer can add an extra punch when it comes to rinsing off the dust. Just don't apply too much pressure because you can blast through the siding. Once you're done your home's colours will be brighter.
4. Paint the front door
This little step can make a dramatic change for the better. Adding some colour to make your door pop is a sure-fire way to increase your curb appeal on a budget. Some colour coordination is needed here. You will want to pick a colour that contrasts well with your house. In this case you'd want to opt for a bold colour that will help accentuate the other colours. Optionally you can use the Front Door Paint app which will let you test out alternative colour options or, you can go to a local paint store and ask a store associate. They are well trained and have seen many ideas passed by them.
5. Enhance the door
Since we're on the topic of doors let's open up more options by adding more décor. If you don't want to paint, consider adding a wreath or planters. If you're feeling extra creative you can pick up an old set of planters from a thrift store or garage sale and a can of spray paint. You can bring new life to something old to create a memorable and welcoming front entrance.
6. Updating the lighting
We don't often think about the lighting but a quick swap from an outdated or builder grade fixture can instantly brighten your home. If you're doing this yourself make sure the circuit breaker is off with no chance of accidental energization. Prove zero energy with a testing meter to reduce the risk of accidental shock however here at Bermont Realty we always suggest to work with a qualified electrician.
Feeling thrifty? Grab a can of spray paint and add a new colour for a fraction of the cost. From colour choices to new fixtures you will have watts to think about.
7. Clean the Windows
This tip will leave you seeing clearly. When you clean both the outside and inside panes you will add a sparkle to your home. Clean the outside with a garden hose and then wipe both the inside and outside down with a micro-fibre cloth. This will leave a streak free shine.
For hard to reach places you may need a ladder or a squeegee on an extendable pole. Safety first, always have a friend or family member nearby to steady the ladder.
8. Upgrade the numbers on your house
Removing your old house numbers is a quick way to increase the appeal of your home to the modern age. You can add more character by replacing them with something that aligns better with your home's architecture. Choose a distinctive font that's not overly bold but will grab the eye.
You don't have to have a lot of hands on experience.. Replacing the numbers is an easy task that can be completed in a relatively short time.
9. Create Symmetry
Creating symmetrical patterns adds a focal point that is pleasing to the eyes and will immediately increase your home's curb appeal on a budget. One can easily achieve this look by adding the same planter or wall lanterns on each side of the door. Don't have room on the front porch? Consider doing the same on your garage door.
10. Clean your gutters
Gutters that are overflowing with sticks and leaves makes for a very unorderly, unclean look. Clearing out and cleaning gutters can make them like new. A clean gutter will drain water away from the home to prevent flooding.
The Take away
In a day you can transform your home by doing general maintenance or light touch ups that will boost your home's curb appeal on a budget. Most homes will have many beautiful elements to them and a quick touch up is all you need. By putting in a little effort you'll be amazed at the results and you may even fetch a higher asking price. If you are looking to sell or rent a home contact one of our agents today. Oh yeah - Puns intended.