If you’re preparing your property for selling, and want to sell at top dollar, you’ve likely heard about the importance of curb appeal. Focusing on your home’s curb appeal makes sense; it’s the first impression for potential homeowners and can quickly win over a prospective buyer before they’ve even set foot in your home. Even when you know the importance of curb appeal, there’s one problem – fixing stuff costs money.

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Most home sellers don’t have the time and energy to re-sod their front lawn, or paint their exterior, or replace their roof, and that’s okay. You don’t have to break the bank to increase your curb appeal. Let’s learn 6 tips on how to increase curb appeal on a budget so you can get the look without the expense.

Paint the House Yourself

If you don’t have a large exterior, paint the house yourself. It can cost hundreds of dollars to hire a professional even for small projects. However, if you’re confident in your ability and know what type of paint to purchase, why not paint yourself? Repainting your home can take years off its appearance and should only cost the sweat equity of a couple of days of work.

Paint Your Front Door and Garage Door

If you’re on a budget for both time and energy, the chances are good that you can’t repaint your home’s entire exterior. Repainting your home’s exterior is not mandatory for selling your home, but you should always give your garage door and front door a fresh coat of paint. Most homeowners can paint their entryways in only a couple hours, but the benefits to your curb appeal are huge. Try painting your front door a fun color so it’ll ‘pop’ to prospective buyers.

Sealcoat Driveway

It can cost thousands to repave your driveway, but it only costs a fraction to sealcoat. Sealcoating, or pavement resealing, is the process of applying a protective coating to asphalt-based pavements for further protection against the elements. Sealcoating cannot fix cracks or potholes but can make your driveway look shiny, new, and appealing to prospective buyers.

Plant Some Flowers

There’s just something about fresh, colorful flowers that say, “Welcome Home.’ You don’t have to dig in and plant an entire bed of flowers, but try placing a few pots near your front door with fresh flowers. Even fake flowers can do wonders for your curb appeal.

Trim Plants

You don’t need to redo your entire landscaping, but there are some simple things you can do to increase your yard’s appeal. Take a pair of pruners and a trash bag and prune back anything that gives your home an unfavorable ‘abandoned house’ vibe. Don’t forget to prune anything that’s growing over sidewalks, driveways, or other walkable areas. Give the lawn a fresh cut to bring everything together.

Clean Your Windows

Cleaning your windows is cheap and easy but can shave years off your home’s look. Take care of any cobwebs before applying window cleaner for fresh, clear windows. Consider repainting window trim if it’s cracking or fading.

Sell Your Home with Curb Appeal

Selling your home is no one’s favorite activity, especially when it comes to added costs to increase your curb appeal. Use these tips above to improve your home’s curb appeal without losing too much from your bottom line. Not sure where to start? Contact The Meissner Group and we can help find the right projects for your home to improve curb appeal without breaking the bank.