7 Affordable Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

Posted by Shawn Clayton on Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 10:52am.

7 Ways to Boost Curb AppealHomeowners want to present their homes in the best possible light to prospective buyers. However, with a myriad of home styles and even more possibilities to make that home more attractive, it may be difficult to select the most practical, low-cost ways to spruce up a property. There are those homeowners that can afford to splurge. However, others want to get the most value possible from relatively affordable expenditures. What can homeowners with a small budget do to improve the appeal of their luxury or oceanfront home?

Use these suggestions when it comes time to boost curb appeal on the cheap.

Easy Changes to a Home

Get a home ready to sell by first addressing these common issues with affordable solutions. Tackle these problems before listing a home.

Discolored Foundation

No one cares for an unsightly foundation. Small cracks in the foundation as well as accumulated grime can be off-putting. Address any insignificant cracks or chipping and then give it luxe appeal with the addition of a faux stone panel. This is one easy way to eliminate a potential eyesore.

Distracting Wires or Piping

Paint can make for excellent camouflage for outdoor wires, pipes and items like the electrical box. Give a home a seamless appearance with a coat of paint. Use paint the color of the house to help outstanding elements blend in with a home's appearance.

Old Door

Over time a door can suffer dings, scratches and dents. This entrance is one of the parts of the home that potential buyers will first approach and it is well worth the energy to freshen it up. A door can be replaced, which can help resolve the issue. However, for those on a budget, a bit of molding surrounding the entry point and a new coat of paint can work wonders.

Drab Exterior

The exterior should be inviting to guests and it is not hard to brighten it up. A little landscaping and some seasonal plants can add needed interest. Weed and remove unhealthy plants. Add a few pots of bright and hardy flowers and add some fresh mulch to flower gardens. Consider the ease of window boxes to easily bring more color near the windows which may be quickly changed out as necessary.

Small Windows

Those homeowners selling a home with smaller windows may not have the money to invest to replace them for larger versions. One easy way to make such windows look larger is with the addition of shutters. Shutters in a contrasting color can help add more interest to a home's exterior wall.

Boring Walkways

Older patios and concrete pathways can begin to look their age. Give them a makeover by using a concrete stain and some painter's tape. This can make important paths and gathering spots look new.

Untended or Unhealthy Lawn

Taking the time to treat and maintain the home's lawn can work wonders. In addition to mowing a lawn and eliminating weeds, consider edging a lawn for added polish. Those whose lawns may be discolored and are short on time may want to use a green lawn spray paint that can be applied by a homeowner or a professional.

Quick Fixes before Listing

There are many ways homeowners can choose to improve their Mantoloking home's appearance. Speak with an agent to determine what specific areas to consider working on prior to bringing a property to the market. Homeowners on a budget should consider the ROI of any upgrade or repair before making more expensive changes.

Shawn Clayton, Owner/Broker, REALTORĀ®

Jersey Shores Luxury Home Expert

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