Budget-Minded Home Improvements to Increase Curb Appeal

5 Budget Friendly Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

Whether you are getting your home ready to sell or just doing some seasonal upgrades, there are plenty of budget-minded projects that can up your home’s curb appeal. The exterior of your home is the first thing that people see and can set the tone when it comes to the overall perception of your home. Here are five budget-minded home improvements that will upgrade the look of the exterior of your home.

Update Trim, Frames, and Doors

If you don’t have it in your budget to do major exterior painting, there are some quick updates you can do to freshen up your home’s overall look. A new bold color on the trim of your home can give a shabby paint job an overall boost. Don’t forget to update front doors, garage doors, and frames as well. This can bring together a bold color accent choice and help your home look as if it has gotten an entire paint overhaul.

Quick Fence Updates

While you might not have the budget to redo your entire fence, there are a few quick upgrades that might fix an outdated look. If the fencing that leads to your backyard is lower than you would like, attach latticework to the top for added privacy. If your front yard is surrounded by a chain-link fence, you can always plant vines or bamboo nearby to hide fencing and add more greenery to your front yard.

Landscaping Tricks

If your front yard has seen better days, you might not have the motivation to get your lawn in shape or do a huge landscaping overhaul. There are a few tricks that can improve the landscaping of your front yard quickly and inexpensively. If you can line your walkway and front door entryway with potted plants, this can bring in greenery in no time. If your yard is bald or has dying grass, covering this with mulch can make your front yard look updated without much money or fuss.

Seal Driveway and Walkways

Cracked driveways and walkways can lead to more problems down the line such as weeds peeking through and giving the front of your home an unkempt appearance. This can also cause further deterioration and cracking in the rainy season. If you can seal cracks in your cement and asphalt as these appear, you can maintain a uniform look with this quick repair. You may eventually need to repave your exterior driveways and sidewalks, but a great interim fix can involve simply sealing off problem areas.

Power Wash

Your home might not need a paint job, but this might benefit from an overall power washing. If you live in an area that has been in a drought or an urban area, dirt and grime are more likely to accumulate. A periodic power washing of the exterior of your home can make your paint job and windows look new and up your curb appeal.

Maintaining the exterior of your home doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. With a few quick DIY weekend projects, you can drastically update the look of your home and increase your curb appeal. Sometimes smaller projects can have the most impact if you pick these wisely and take into account specific features of your home.

For other real estate tips or if you have questions about buying or selling a home, please visit Real Estate Muses or email Melissa Muse Wiggans.

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