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5 Ways To Inexpensively Increase Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is a variable that is hard to quantify, but it refers to how attractive your house is to potential buyers, and improving curb appeal can have a real impact on the list price that your house goes up at. In order to increase the value of your home, there are a number of small repairs and maintenance tasks that you can complete to boost your home's curb appeal. Most of this work can be done yourself with supplies from gardening and hardware stores and just a little bit of elbow grease.

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint may be the simplest yet most effective way to completely update the appearance of your interior walls and ceiling, or exterior installations like your doors and window frames. A new coat of paint will hide minor damage and scuffs and will give your home the appearance of being well maintained.

Window Shutters

If you don't already have them, you may want to consider adding in shutters around your windows. Not only do shutters provide an additional splash of color against the siding of your home, but they can also increase the perceived size of your windows.

Update the Garage Door

Your garage door is another huge part of your home's external appearance, and so updating it is of paramount importance. While installing a brand new garage door can be pricey, you can simply give your existing door a fresh coat of paint, and install decorative handles or other elements. (Available at most hardware stores, these can simply be screwed into the surface of your door to add a visual dimension to the door).

Garden Maintenance

Cleaning up your yard and flowerbeds is another fairly simple way to update the appearance of a residential property for sale. This means removing any weeds and physical debris from your lawn, keeping the grass cut short, and ensuring that there are brightly blooming flowers in your flowerbeds. It's also important to trim back trees and bushes so that they do not block the view of your house from the street, and aren't so close to the point where they may pose a threat to your home in the event of a storm.

Yard Decorations

Beyond keeping your yard well maintained and clean, you may want to add certain decorative elements to your porch or garden to attract additional attention. Patio furniture, like rocking chairs or a glass table, can tie together the design of your porch, whereas birdbaths, bird feeders, and windchimes can all add a splash of character to a blooming garden.