$500 Curb Appeal: Boosting Your Home’s Value on a Budget

by Alex ThatcherAugust 27, 2018

Bring in the Home Buyers With Snazzy Curb Appeal on a Budget

Your home’s exterior is the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to view your property. You don’t have to give the place a whole new (and expensive) coat of paint to get it gussied up for your open house, but you should definitely think about doing some little things to give it that extra something — potential buyers will definitely notice the difference.

First impressions matter when it comes to attracting viewers to come check out your home. In this modern age of real estate blogs and websites, it’s important to capture high quality photos of both the inside and outside of your home, because that’s what potential buyers will see – even before they enter your home. Here are some budget-friendly steps you can take for your home’s exterior to boost your curb appeal and get those buyers inside.

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Glam Up the Front Door

You’ll want to start by making your front door pop with a fresh coat of paint. Choose a color that will stand out but still coordinate with the existing color scheme of your home. Turquoise, purple, black, and yellow are all popular front door colors right now, according to Country Living. A gallon of paint can range from $20-$40, so this should be a budget-friendly solution than can totally transform the front of your house.

Add a touch of personality with a wreath or festive door hanging. Invest in a new welcome mat that feels cheery, bright, and exciting. If you have a door knocker on your door, make sure it’s polished up and feels tight on its hinges. These details may seem small, but they’ll make a big difference without breaking the bank.

Upgrade the Accessories

If you don’t already have a door knocker, take a trip to your nearest hardware store to scope out one that will make your front door really shine. While you’re at it, don’t forget about your doorknob, too. A new door knob with lock installation usually costs around $60 but can make your front door create a more significant first impression.

Updated house numbers will also show potential buyers that you’ve gone the extra mile to present your home in its best light. Pick out a new, understated mailbox that will stand out right on the curb so that potential buyers will notice the property. When jazzing up your home on a budget, the details will set your home apart from others at the same price point. These upgraded accessories for the front of your house could cost $100 or less with a smart budget.

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Harness Your Green Thumb

Nothing spruces up the front of a home quite like a few window boxes, potted plants, or hanging plants. Groomed flower beds, devoid of weeds and yard debris, will show potential buyers that you take great care of your home. A well-maintained garden will let potential buyers know that you have paid attention to things, both inside and out. A bag of mulch costs roughly $20 per yard, while a flat of annuals could cost you around $30. This is an investment that will make your home start to glow.

If you have a hedge in your front yard, make sure it’s trimmed evenly. Mow your lawn and clear the yard of sticks, leaves, and other blowdown. These small fixes cost next to nothing if you decide to do them yourself. Spend just a little time each week working on small improvements that don’t cost anything—you’ll notice the difference and so will your potential buyers.

If you don’t have a hedge, consider adding in a few shrubs to frame your front door or to line the walkway to your house. A nice-sized basic shrub goes for around $50 each, and one on either side of the front door will add some healthy green to the color scheme of your home.

Let There Be Light

If you live in a neighborhood that doesn’t have much light from street lamps, your potential buyers may notice this and be weary about moving into a dark neighborhood. Quell their fears by installing some solar-powered lights along the driveway or walkway to your house. You can pick up a pack of six solar paneled outdoor lights at Home Depot for $14.88.

If you have a front porch, use a spotlight to illuminate the front door at night. A new light sconce for the front door goes for anywhere between $40 and $80 dollars, depending on the type of lightbulb you use. Nighttime curb appeal may seem like a last priority for you, but potential buyers often do a nighttime drive by, so ensuring that your house looks bright and cheery even at night will make your house stand out among darker homes in the neighborhood.

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Make It Sparkle

To finish off your budget of $500, get your home’s exterior squeaky clean. A professional pressure washer costs between $60 and $100 an hour, so consider getting the front of your house and driveway polished up before your open house.

With a tidy yard, new accessories, and some attractive new landscaping, buyers will be dazzled by your home and excited to find out what awaits them inside. Make a strong, memorable first impression that the buyer will be dazzled by, with these easy, budget-friendly steps to up your curb appeal.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.