10 Simple Tricks to Increase Curb Appeal on a Budget

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.


Just a Short Drive Away: Things to Do in Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. It's home to 1.3 million people. The Edmontonians live in a city with year-round interest, North America's largest mall and access to wonderful natural beauty.

Moving to St. Albert means you get the peace of living in a suburb, without being far from a world-class city. Learn about different things to do in Edmonton.

Things to Do in Edmonton

Barely a week goes by without a festival in Edmonton. Many of these events are annual celebrations with long traditions.

As well as the special events there are attractions that are available all year round. Edmonton has museums and attractions for all tastes. Add to that a diverse food and drink offer to please the most demanding of tastes.

Living in St. Albert means you can have the best of the small city of St. Albert and the big city that is Edmonton. Let's start the adventure.

Indigenous Experiences

The indigenous people of the Edmonton area include the Métis, Blackfoot, Salteaux, Nekota Sioux and Cree. This rich culture is celebrated in Edmonton with several festivals and permanent exhibitions.

The Edmonton Indigenous Peoples Festival is held every year. It's led by the Canadian Native Friendship Centre of Edmonton. These events are also part of the National Indigenous Peoples Day and feature entertainment, an artisan marketplace and opportunities to taste indigenous food.


If you love to visit museums there's plenty for you in Edmonton. The Alberta Aviation Museum features a display of historic aircraft and information about them. Little ones can be pushed around the exhibits in strollers made to look like small planes.

The Alberta Railway Museum preserves an important aspect of Canadian heritage. The contribution of railway engineering to the development of Canada and Edmonton is displayed here with something for old and young alike.

A museum with a very niche interest is the quirky Neon Sign Museum. It's a unique insight into a time when neon was the innovative way of attracting the attention of customers to stores, bars, and restaurants. It's nostalgic for those that remember these former downtown features and educational for the young.

Natural Beauty

Mill Creek Ravine is a popular attraction with trails and plenty of flora and fauna to see. Take a walk and enjoy peace and quiet while in the city. The trails are suitable for exploring at all times of the year and you can even ride a bike here.

William Hawrelak Park is a venue for several festivals but it's great to visit anytime too. Take a paddleboat for a ride, take a picnic or simply explore the trails. In winter there is a skating pond for the more energetic visitor.

If your preference is indoor natural beauty take a visit to Muttart Conservatory. The botanical garden isn't just a visitor attraction. It's also a centre for scientific research.

On a bigger scale, the Elk Island National Park on Highway 16 East is place for encounters with truly wild Canadian fauna. Bison, elk, moose, and beaver can be found here. There is also a wide range of birds including herons, owls, and geese.


The largest mall in North America is here in Edmonton. The West Edmonton Mall is huge with over 800 stores. It also has entertainment, restaurants and fun for the whole family.

For a retail experience that's a little smaller but still very special, visit Old Strathcona Farmers' Market. It's an indoor farmers market providing all-year-round fresh produce direct from the farm to you. It includes handmade crafts, skincare products, plants and you can have a tasty meal there too.

If your preference is outdoor shopping rather than malls, then 4th Street Promenade may be for you. Shops and restaurants share this more traditional shopping area. See it at Christmas time when the lights are twinkling everywhere and there's plenty of Christmas spirit.

Food and Drink

Craft breweries have sprung up all over the world in recent years. Edmontonians have their fair share.

Town Square Brewing Co. is an award-winning tap house. This is a venue for friends to meet or a family gathering.

Sea Change Brewing Co. combines supplying craft beer with being a venue on the Edmonton music scene. A great night out.

Take a trip downtown to the H.V. Shaw Building. Here you'll find Yellowhead Brewery. It's a historic location and a tried and tested craft brewery with 10-years’ experience of brewing.

Your choice of coffee shop may be as important to you as a restaurant is to a gastronome. In Old Strathcona, try Block 1912 for fine coffee and fruit pies.

Café Leva serves meals along with their very special coffee. Coffee Bureau serves coffee and tea with fresh cookies and croissants.

If food is your thing then take a food tour. The walking food tour takes in Edmonton's food highlights as well as introducing you to the people who make it. Chefs, business owners, and artisans share their stories to bring to life the food of Edmonton and its culture.

Dining in Edmonton is an eclectic mix of styles. Uccellini is a popular Italian restaurant with a reputation for service and a special tasting menu. Baijiu is a small intimate characterful restaurant with an Asian vibe. 

Music and Dance

Dance and music are always part of great nightlife and Edmonton has plenty to offer. The Funky Buddha, The Buckingham and The Common might make it into your list of favourite places to strut your stuff. If you need a little Dutch courage, the tequila cellar at El Cortez's might help.

Live music is a regular feature of The Station and the Starlite Room. Both feature local, national and international musical talent.

Blues music fans will love Blues on Whyte. There's a dance floor and the live music is on seven days a week.

Make a Plan

There are so many things to do in Edmonton you need to plan. Check the festival calendar and clear your diary. Make a date with friends and family and take some time out to get to know Edmonton.

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