Curb Appeal On A Budget: Tips For Selling Your Home

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 2:59pm.

curb appeal tips for selling your homeSelling your home can be a stressful endeavor, but there are certain things you can do to improve the value of your home and set yourself up for a quick sale. When prospective buyers arrive at your house, the first thing they see is the exterior. You'll want to ensure that your home looks clean, inviting and uncluttered. Homes with high curb appeal are able to command higher prices and often take less time to sell.

As the famous quote goes, "you'll never get a second chance to make a first impression", so make sure your home puts its best face forward with these curb appeal (on a budget) tips.

1) Wash The Windows

Having clean windows can add a certain sparkle to your home. Remember that you need to wash both the interior, and the exterior, or your windows won't look clean at all. Start by using the hose on the exterior windows to make sure that you are removing excess dirt, and finish by using a sponge and streak-free window cleaner. Pair a ladder and a long-armed brush to reach those higher windows.

2) Paint The Front Door

Costing approximately $25/gallon for exterior paint, one of the most budget-friendly projects you can undertake would be to paint your front door and the door trim. Choose a bright color to ensure some contrast between the front door and exterior, but ensure that you are choosing an elegant hue that harmonizes with your home's colors. Red is a bold and inviting color that comes in a variety of shades and is perfect for reviving our house and adding curb appeal.

3) Plant Flowers

Purchase annuals that are already in bloom and plant them in the bare areas of your front planting beds. Before you start planting, lay down a fresh bag of mulch which gives the garden a vibrant feeling and replaces the dry, tired dirt with a bright and rich protective covering. Most annual plants are in always in bloom, except for the coldest winter days, so they are a long-lasting choice to improve the exterior of your home.

4) Add Lighting

Give your home that immaculate, staged look by lighting up your walkway with solar light fixtures. These are the perfect edition for the budget-saavy because they are both affordable and easy to install. They are the perfect edition to the path leading up to your home. They can be used to highlight your front exterior's best features - like the newly planted flower beds.

5) Replace The Hardware

There are various accessories around your front door that you can replace to update your front facade. From the house numbers, to the light fixtures, to the doorknob, replacing the old, tired hardware with new, shiny alternatives can make your house look updated and avoid the out-of-date, dingy vibe that tarnished brash can give. Keep in mind that all aspects should work together - so, choosing black house numbers? Then likewise, you should choose a black doorknob, lockset and light fixture.

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6) Manicure The Lawn

There is no doubt that a well-manicured lawn can make or break the first impression of your home. It doesn't cost much beyond a day's investment in some unpleasant work - but it can make the difference between selling your home and turning buyers off instantly. Mow the lawn, trim the over-grown bushes and surround trees and plant beds with a rich mulch. Make sure to remember to pull the weeds - your newly planted flowers will thank you!

7) Update The Mailbox

Whether you have a curbside mailbox at the bottom of your driveway, or you have one mounted near your front door, replacing the mailbox is an affordable upgrade you can give your home. Prices can range from $10 for a wall-mounted one to $100 for an elaborate curbside box, and the project will likely take you less than an hour to complete. Remember to check your neighborhood codes or homeowners association to find out if you need to have a specific type of mailbox. 

8) Clean Up After Pets

Seeing torn up flower beds, or urine damage on otherwise thriving grass, can immediately make potential buyers wonder what kind of damage Fido has done inside the house. There are various low-cost products that you can purchase for repairing bare spots in your lawn to hide the fact that Fido was even there. Don't forget to clean up the "presents" your beloved pet leaves on the path and driveway - stepping on one of these can leave a buyer with a poor impression of your home.

9) Add Some Color

You've already planted colorful flowers and painted your front door a vibrant shade, but there are other ways to add a pop of color to your exterior. You can purchase a colorful welcome mat or bright porch chairs or pretty potted plants to add curb appeal. You can make your home seem more vibrant and inviting by inserting color to your porch or front facade, and give your home an instant face lift. 

10) Create Symmetry

Science has proven that symmetry is pleasing to the human eye. It will be incredibly easy for you to create symmetry when improving your home exterior - just follow the simple rule of buying two of everything: two potted plants, two porch chairs and two porch lights. Though take the rule with a grain of salt, you won't need two mail boxes or two welcome mats!


Contact Tarvin Realtors today for more expert tips on selling your home fast! We've been selling homes in Ridgewood and Bergen County, NJ for over 40 years and know the most proven methods to selling homes quickly and for the best price.

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