Selling your home? 10 ways to increase your curb appeal w/ $50 or less

Written by Gene Caballero on April 01, 2017

Worried that it may cost too much to get your house ready to sell? Don’t think you have the time or resources to perform the chores needed to get top dollar for your home? These tasks may not be as difficult to handle or as expensive as you may think. With a little elbow grease and a few trips to your local hardware store, you can quickly and affordably increase your home’s curb appeal. Knocking out a few of the items below can ensure that your property is looking its best when it comes time to sell.

Paint the front door—Painting the front door will instantly draw attention to your home and make the front of your house look neat and well kept. Performing the task carefully will take between 1-2 hours but will pay off when it comes to grabbing potential homeowners’ attention.

Average Cost-$30 for a gallon of high gloss paint

Pressure wash the house—Pressure washing the house can clean off mold, grime, and dust that has been accumulating on your home. Cleaning the exterior may take a few hours but will leave your home looking nice and clean to any future homeowners.

Average Cost-$38 per day to rent an electric pressure washer

Hire a pro to mow the lawn—While it’s on the market, hiring a professional to mow your lawn can certainly improve the look of the property. Doesn't matter if you are looking for lawn mowing in Ocoee, Florida, or need grass cutting in Sugar Land, Texas, finding a lawn pro takes seconds on an website like GreenPal’s and those pros will provide clean edges, straight lines, and won’t leave excess grass on any hard surfaces.

Average Cost-$45 per half acre

Trim the hedges—Trimming the hedges can leave your property looking symmetrical and tidy. If you don’t have a hedge trimmer, these are fairly inexpensive to purchase. This task can only take a few hours to perform and will certainly clean up any home’s appearance.

Average Cost-$50 for an electrical hedge trimmer

Light up the landscaping/walkway—Adding a little lighting around the front steps or up a walkway can make any property look more desirable. Solar LED path lights take minutes to install and can help accentuate any plants, flowers, landscape design, or interesting hardscapes like fountains or bird baths.

Average Cost-$10 per light

Upgrade the mailbox—Upgrading or replacing your mailbox will certainly make your house stand out more. Whether it’s just a fresh new coat of paint (matching the color of the door) or replacing the entire mailbox, both chores require only a few hours of work.

Average Cost-Starting at $20 for a basic mailbox

Install new house numbers—Installing new house numbers can also help spruce up your abode. New numbers are very easy to install and should only take less than an hour to accomplish.

Average Cost-$2 per number or $30-$50 for a custom plaque

Hide A/C Unit—Hiding your A/C unit can easily be done by planting shrubs or bushes around it. A few Wintergreen Boxwoods as a shield can easily hide that big aluminum box. Planting these bushes shouldn’t take longer than a few hours of work.

Average Cost-$14 per bush

Mulch around trees—Mulching around trees is both beneficial for your curb appeal and for the health of your trees; it insulates the soil around them and helps retain water for needed growth. Depending on the number of tress on your property, this compost is very cost effective and can be easily spread around trees in less than a day.

Average Cost-$2 per 2 cubic foot bag

Camouflage the electric call boxes—Painting your electrical boxes on the side of your home can camouflage those eye sores. Simply using the same color that your house is painted will make these items seem almost non-existent. Very little paint would need to be used to make those disappear and take less than an hour to cover up.

Average Cost-$20 per quart

By tackling a few of these easy-to-do duties, you can instantly refresh or improve the exterior look of your home. With a little sweat equity, a few materials, and a Saturday afternoon, you can get your home looking great for any potential buyers. 

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