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How to Create Jaw-Dropping Curb Appeal on a Budget


Jim Geymont on 03 Apr 2019

If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, you have probably been giving attention to ensuring your home’s interior is the best it can be. But what about curb appeal? Prospective buyers will begin forming an opinion about your house before they even go through the front door. But paying for professional landscaping can be expensive.

Giving attention to curb appeal does not have to mean breaking the bank or hiring a team of professionals. Even the humblest of outdoor spaces can benefit greatly from a bit of attention, even when you are on a budget. Here are 10 ways to create jaw-dropping curb appeal without shelling out a lot of cash:

1. Spruce up that front door.

A fresh coat of paint on the front door will do wonders when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Be sure to begin with a completely clean door. Choose a color that gives your home character without looking out of place. There are even apps that let you “try on” different shades to find just the right hue. If painting is not in the cards, at least give the door a good scrubbing.

2. Mulch, mulch and more mulch.

Adding fresh mulch to beds and areas surrounding trees and shrubbery does amazing things for your home’s appeal. Choose a natural mulch color that complements your home’s exterior.

3. Manicure that lawn.

Get out the mower and give the lawn a fresh trim. Get rid of any weeds. Use an edger for a professional look.

4. Give it a bath.

Whether your home has siding, brick or stone, a fresh wash using a power washer will do wonders to spruce up your home’s exterior. Be sure to use the proper pressure for your home’s exterior so as not to damage the surface.

5. Brighten up those beds.

Remove old plantings and brighten up flower beds with in-season pops of color. Decide on a color scheme and use it throughout your beds, varying the heights of plants for best effect.

6. Give shrubbery a trim.

Bushes can quickly grow out of control. Give bushes and shrubs a trim to get them into show-ready shape. Don’t forget to snip off small, low-growing branches on trees.

7. Make windows sparkle.

Let the sunshine in and make your curb appeal sparkle by giving all windows a thorough cleaning. Be sure to clean dirt and webs from window frames as well.

8. Tidy up your driveway.

Spray debris off your driveway and either fill or seal cracks. Be sure you’ve used your edger on each side and remove any weeds peeking through cracks in the surface or along edges.

9. Give house numbers an update.

It may seem like a small item, but giving your house numbers a makeover with spray paint or completely replacing them can help give the impression of a well-cared-for and updated home.

10. Stow garden hose and trash bins out of sight.

Trash bins should be removed from the driveway and placed in the garage or beside the house, preferably behind a screen.

In the end, you will be so impressed by your hard work, you will want to park your vehicle in the garage or up the street, just so prospective buyers can take in the full effect when they drive up.