We’re told from a young age to never judge a book by its cover, but what about a home? Even if you have the most elegant and best staged home on the inside, a haphazard exterior can harm your chances for a sale. Here are five quick ways to boost your curb appeal without breaking the bank.
1) Spruce Up Your Front Door
The door is the gateway to the home and can send a powerful message to guests. Doors should be free from physical blemishes like cracks and fading, and all fixtures should be clean. If your front door isn’t up to snuff, but you don’t want to replace it, then consider re-staining or re-painting it. If the door is in good shape but somewhat blasé, add a decorative knocker or wreath.
2) Install Landscape Lighting
Landscape lighting is both aesthetically pleasing and a good safety feature. Line your walkways, hang lanterns, or create subtle spotlights on your garden or trees. Best of all, because we’re in Southern California, you can be environmentally and economically friendly by using solar powered lighting.
3) Add Outdoor Art
Art doesn’t have to be confined to the inside of the home. Birdbaths, wind chimes, sculptures, and more can give your exterior a refined and tasteful look. Because your art pieces will be exposed to the elements, make sure they’re made of weather-resistant materials.
4) Utilize Planters and Container Plants
Quicker and cheaper than a landscaping overhaul, decorative plants can add a burst of color and appealing textures to your home’s exterior. Many places sell pre-designed planters, but you can also make a fun afternoon out of assembling your own.
5) Hide Your Eyesores
Almost every house an eyesore, but you can get creative in hiding them. For instance, install a lattice fence around your exterior air conditioning unit, paint your energy meter to match the house, or buy a container for the outdoor hose. Also, when it’s trash day, don’t leave your trash and recycle bins on the curb any longer than you have to.
Each of these strategies can be done quickly and affordably, and each can provide a great return on investment for your home sale.
Your turn — What are your go-to tips for increasing a property’s curb appeal? Share them with us know in the comments.