We all know how important first impressions are. You only get one chance to make a stellar great impression, and the same holds true for your home.
Studies show that a majority of buyers will not get out their car if they do not find your home’s curb appeal visually attractive–that is, if they visit your property at all. With more and more people shopping for homes online, potential buyers could be turned off from viewing your property, just based on the listing photo alone!
Addressing your home’s curb appeal is a critical component in marketing and selling your home.
If you are ready to put your home on the market, make sure you ask yourself first, “Does my home have curb appeal?”
How To Access Your Home’s Curb Appeal
In order to improve the look of your home from the street, you must first identify any trouble areas.
- Go outside and stand across the street from your home. Get a full view and note any areas that need repair. Are your outdoor lights burned out? Could your siding use a good cleaning? Is anything broken?
- Walk around your home and note any landscaping needs such as leaf removal, edging, plants and mulch.
- Look for any loose items of trash around your home. Loose hoses, sprinklers, runaway trash cans, children’s toys. Tidy them all up and keep the toys inside in the garage, out of plain view.
How To Enhance The Look of Your Home
Once you’ve assessed what needs to be done to your home to clean it up and enhance the look, it’s time to get to work!
- Add colorful plants to planters or window boxes
- Installing an updated front door if yours is no longer in style. Just like teeth can transform a person’s entire image, front doors can change the whole look of a home.
- Simple things like placing a new welcome mat or putting some lights on the edges of your front walkway will add some elegance and functionality to your home’s appearance.
How To Clean Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal On A Budget
My husband and I are only a few weeks away from placing our home on the market. While the inside of our home is fully renovated and updated with higher-end finishes, the outside of our home appears small and dated, and doesn’t truly reflect the elegance that hides inside.
We knew this could be a problem, but didn’t want to blow our budget on expensive fixes. So we turned to simple, but bold changes to really make a statement.
Our first step was creating a front lawn experience out of the very small space that we had to work with. Our entire front lawn is roughly only 20 ft x 5 ft!
We did have a small, landscaped garden already in place along with empty window boxes and faded mulch from last season, but it was looking very drab and tired, so we knew we had to spruce it up to make a statement.
We don’t have too much DIY experience outdoors, so we knew we wanted to pick some simple changes that didn’t take too much time or talent.
- Window box planter liners (We first tried a specialty garden store, and they wanted $15 for one 24 inch coconut fiber liner. We then checked Home Depot and got very similar liners for only $3.98!)
- Top Soil- One bag of Miracle Gro Garden Soil $2.00 at Home Depot
- Mulch – 3 bags of EarthGro Mulch at Home Depot ($3.33 each) We used brown. But black and red work great too.
- Vibrant Annuals – $12.99 for a flat of annuals, assorted colors. (Impatiens and Pansies work great for shallow planters)
We purchased these at a local garden store, but Home Depot has a good variety of annuals as well.
- Garden Ornaments & Flag- Purchased at The Christmas Tree Shop. Also, if you would like to get the 24 inch wire box planters shown in my photos, I purchased them at The Christmas Tree Shop as well. They were only $8.99 each with the liners included!
TOTAL MONEY SPENT: $42.94
The outcome? I think things came out pretty nice! What do you think?
The coconut fiber liners were extremely easy to fill with pretty annuals. I do not have a green thumb at all, and still got through this project with a breeze. I filled the liner bottom with about 3 inches of pot soil and dug holes for each annual pack and then packed the soil around them and on top of them in the planter.
Beginner Tip: I recommend placing the liners inside the planters before filling them for safe and easy transport.
Bright colors always attract the eye. We used vibrant oranges, yellows, purples and magentas.
Small, fun garden ornaments always add a little creativity and personality to your space.
Window box planters are a great way to add charm and personality to your home’s appearance. There are siding inserts that you could use to hang them on your siding or over your windows without damaging the exterior, depending on the type of siding on your home.
If the inserts do not work, drilling a two small holes for mounts and bolts to hang them will work. There is a helpful tutorial on how to hang boxes on vinyl siding here.
So if you are putting your home up for sale, don’t forget to make a stellar first impression. Make sure the exterior is as charming and inviting as possible to increase the changes that you will get your full asking price! Quick and cheap fixes can go a long way and have all the right buyers knocking on your door!
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