6 Inexpensive, Easy Fixes to Better Curb Appeal

Home Stager with Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC

6 Inexpensive, Easy Fixes to Better Curb Appeal

1. A home's front door should be the focal point that draws buyers in. Paint it in a brighter shade that contrasts, yet compliments your home's façade. This is a cost effective way to make a big impact on your home's exterior. Complete the look with a new welcome mat - when selling the details matter.       

2. Keep your yard maintained while on the market: Make sure the grass is mowed, bushes are trimmed, and blow the driveway free of leaves and debris. For a added touch, edge the lawn for that manicured look.

3. No garden - no problem! Buy inexpensive terracotta pots (Home Depot is a great source) and fill them with low maintenance, colorful, bright annuals such as geraniums, impatiens and petunias. Most people agree that flowers always enhance a yard, deck or porch by adding color and visual interest. 

4. Add fresh mulch to clean up, define, add texture and contrast to shady areas where grass won't grow or underneath bushes and in gardens. It's an inexpensive fix that gives you a bang for your buck. (Home Depot sells mulch for $2.50 a bag!)

5. Rent a power washer and brighten up and clean your home's façade.  You clean the inside of your home so don't neglect the outside! Rather than paint, (a big expense) brighten up your home's exterior by renting a power washer for under a $100. It's cheap and easy to do.

6. Replace an old, outdated mailbox - they are one of the first things a buyer sees when they arrive at your home. If yours is an eyesore it's a good investment to replace it with a new, updated one.  Make sure your house number is visible and consider purchasing a house plaque with your address number.

By implementing these simple fixes you'll enhance the overall appearance of your property and send buyers the message that this is a well cared for home, making a greata first impression!

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Comments (117)

Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Good Point Jason - power washers are very strong and the last thing you want to do is blow the paint off your house!

Valerie - I'm also a gardener and love how my garden and yard looks once I've mulched! Good tip on the power washer - watch the pressure for sure!

Cory - Thank you and I hope so too!

Bob - lol, when do I start?

Tni - I agree, the door really makes a big difference and it so easy and quick to do.

Bill - Good point - torn screens are a big eye sore!

Tammie - Congratulations and I hope it a great party - I know your home will look great!

Carolyn  - another great idea, but don't forget to put hay over the seed or the birds will eat it and the seed will blow away.

Marte - I have 3 Home Depots in my area and have never had a bad experience, but I'm sure it varies store to store. How about Lowes - they're pretty good too.



May 16, 2011 12:16 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

David - Thanks for adding the link and we have one too - we get so much use out of it, it pays for itself.

Lisa and Robert - Thank you and who wants to bother looking beyond an unkempt home - buyer just pass you by and move on to the next home.

Adam - Power washers are great on stucco and everyone should clean the outside of their house a least once a year!

Tammy - lol, good for you! We must be having the same weather today - rain and thunderstorms!

Daniel - Agreed and ones people can see!

Dimitri - lol - you've got one smart wife!

Kathy - That's the best part, clients are more likely to tackle these jobs because they are so inexpensive and give them a bang for their buck!

Nancy - you would think that everyone would get that, but that's not the case......unfortuantly!


May 16, 2011 12:26 PM
Joey Fenwick
Self-Employed, 1st Time & move up buyers,FHA, VA conventiona - Phoenix, AZ
Fenwick Team FHA, VA & Jumbo Loans, Phoenix, Scott

Doesn't hurt to brighten up the house numbers on your curb either. A little white paint and then stencil on the numbers and paint with black


May 16, 2011 12:42 PM
Diane Beck
Vibrant Interiors - Pittsburgh, PA
Greater Pittsburgh's Award Winning Home Stager

Simple Yet soooo effective!

May 16, 2011 01:11 PM
Kate Akerly
Kaminsky Group - Manhattan Beach, CA
Manhattan Beach Residential Sales

I wish I could get a condo or co-op assocation to do these things on behalf of owners in the city!

May 16, 2011 03:35 PM
Mike Mayer
Mike Mayer, Broker/Owner - i List For Less Realty, LLC - Lafayette, LA

Excellent tips Kristine. These ideas are key. Remember, the seller has only one chance to make a good first impression to prospective buyers.

May 16, 2011 08:32 PM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You are so talented. All are easy to do, don't cost too much and are quick fixes.  Thanks for sharing your great tips.

May 17, 2011 06:47 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Jeanne - Great suggestion and so easy to do!

Diane - so true!

Mike - Agreed and that first impression starts with curb appeal!

Evelyn - Thank you and I'm always happy to share my tips - we all learn from each other on AR!

May 17, 2011 07:23 AM
Rhonda Abbott
Howard Hanna - Wadsworth, OH
Wadsworth & Greater Akron, OH

Super list!  The best part of those pretty terra cotta pots is that YOU CAN TAKE THEM WITH YOU!  Win, win!!!

May 17, 2011 03:45 PM
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Kristine - I like these 6 easy things to do.  Thank you for sharing with us.

May 17, 2011 04:48 PM
Sylvie Stuart
Realty One Group Mountain Desert 928-600-2765 - Flagstaff, AZ
Home Buying, Home Selling and Investment - Flagsta

Great affordable tips that make a big impact!

May 18, 2011 05:28 AM
Brent Kluge
Senior Vice President, Secured Funding Corporation - Rockville, MD
I do mortgages REALLY well and I WON'T RIP YOU OFF

Wow... what a fantastic post.  Well done!  I am going to reblog if you don't mind.  Love the pointers. ;)



May 18, 2011 08:29 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

This is a really great post. One thing that can work to is to just paint the trim. It makes the entire house look like it has been painted.

May 19, 2011 09:01 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Great ideas here. How about washing the windows too?

May 23, 2011 02:50 AM
Stacia McCallum
Illustrated Properties - Jupiter, FL
Palm Beach County Real Estate

Kristine... excellent information! How about one that tells sellers to pick up all the toys and trash in the yard before showing the property? LOL yes, I've had this! I am going to reblog this!

Stacia McCallum

Jupiter, FL Real Estate | Palm Beach County Realtor


May 23, 2011 04:08 AM
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Great tips to create an appealing curb. It makes the home more lively and inviting.

May 23, 2011 09:18 AM
Marsha Cash
RE/MAX Advantage - Stockbridge, GA

The most simple things that must not be overlooked.

May 26, 2011 09:48 AM
Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

Excellent material.  Thanks!  Re-blogging for my clients to see!

Jun 04, 2011 02:30 AM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Rhonda - to true and they are inexpensive and look better as they age!

Robert - you are very welcome!

Sylvie - exactly!

Brent- thank you and of course you can reblog - I'm honored!

Gene- Painted trim makes a huge difference in how a home sells! If nothing else - paint - biggest ROI!

Lyn - another great tip!

Stacia- Thank you and there nothing better than giving clients a list of low cost, inexpensive fixes that make a huge difference on how the home shows!

Loreena - so true! The first thing we look at is curb appeal - not something a buyer should ever neglect!

Marsha - so true!

Jeanne - Thank you - very much appreciated!


Jun 04, 2011 02:54 AM
Matt Robinson
Professional Investors Guild - Pensacola, FL

Wow, I feel so smart.  I'm rehabbing a house now, and we did almost everything you said.  Painted the door red, new door handle and matching door bell, fresh mulch in front and back yard...we also pressure washed soffit & fascia, and painted the rusty light covers (gorgeous exterior lighting in soffit around whole house).  It looks great!

Nov 23, 2011 04:58 AM

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