Does curb appeal really add value to a property, especially when the home is in somewhat rough condition? It can. But even if it doesn’t do so directly, improving the front area (landscape, etc.) of your house is a relatively cheap and effective way to ramp up interest from inquisitive parties, including that of quick home purchase services such as ours (although we’ll pretty much take anything off of your hands). While we touched on curb appeal in our recent article on how to sell your run down house, we are providing a more in depth look on how to enhance the “front end” aesthetics.
6 Cheap and Easy Ways to Improve the Curb Appeal of Your Home and Increase Interest
1. Landscaping 101
You don’t need to bring in an expensive landscaper, unless you have one in your rolodex that owes you a big (i.e. FREE) favor. Instead, taking care of the bare minimum basis will go a long way towards enhancing curb appeal:
- Mow, rake, and water the lawn as the season allows.
- Pull weeds.
- Trim tree branches, not only so that they look better, but so they are kept from reaching the roof and gutters, a sign that says little care has been taken to protect the home exterior. A rule of thumb, is to trim branches 8-feet away from the home.
- Trim bushes.
- Maintain the garden (where applicable).
2. Keep the Concrete Clean
- Keep the sidewalk, pathway, stairs, and driveway swept.
- Wash oil and grease stains from the driveway. While a pressure washer (if you have access) is ideal, industrial cleaner with a scrubber and garden hose at full pressure will do the trick.
3. Paint the Door and/or Trim
Painting the entire home exterior can be costly. Painting the door and trim (door trim, window trim, and even the mailbox) however, will neither require much paint or effort. Even when the home exterior is old, freshly painted trim can make the otherwise worn finishing seem purposeful, creating a country/cottage home aesthetic that can be very appealing.
4. Clean Gutters, Downspouts, and Shingles
The roof is one of the most visible components of curb appeal. Step back and look up. Are twigs and leaves sticking out of your gutters? Is the downspout crooked? Are shingles growing moss? While it can be costly to repair fractured gutters/downspouts and broken shingles, cleaning them is easy enough and comes with little to no financial investment.
Climb up on a sturdy ladder (careful, now) and remove all debris from the gutters, and run a wet sponge soaked in a water/cleaner solution along them to wipe away stains. If you notice that your gutters are sagging, you may simply need to tighten the screws at their joints or along the fascia board to make them run parallel to your eaves once again. Loose shingles can also be hammered back in, while moss growth can be manually removed with a low cost moss cleaning solution and prevented from returning via the application of copper or zinc strips, all of which can be purchased from your local home and garden retailer.
5. Fix the Fence
Loose fence posts and pickets can make a home look way worse off than it really is. Grab your hammer and nails and walk along the run of your fence to make sure no post, picket, or panel is detached from its intended place. Natural wood fences can be re-stained for cheap, while painted fences can also be repainted without taking on much expense.
6. Finding Symmetry
If you have outdoor planters, or any decorative accents around the exterior, place them evenly so that they add symmetry to your home front. For example, if you have two like-sized planters, place one on the left of your steps, and another on the right, trimming the flora so that it’s almost identical in size/shape as the other. This will bookend the entryway and go a long way in enhancing the look and feel of your home for all who approach.
All of the above will certainly improve the curb appeal of (and interest in) your property. That being said, some of you may not be in any condition to take on the necessary labor, or may simply not have the time to do so. Fret not, because all is not lost. 5 Day Cash Offer can see the proverbial forest for the trees, and will be more than happy to make a real offer on your home no matter the condition of the property. Contact us today to learn more.