Easy Curb Appeal Upgrades You Can Do On a Weekend

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A home owner does not have to do a reconstruction project to help the sale of their home.

There are some easy and inexpensive steps one can take that will add appeal to the home thus a quicker sale with a better sale price.

This list of upgrades will add to your successful home sale.

Original content by Nancy Moeller BRE 01727426

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Sometimes the idea of getting your home ready to sell can seem daunting, and you might be tempted to sell it “as is” instead. Adding a little curb appeal, however, will help your home sell faster and for more money. There are many improvements that add that visible first impression value without taking weeks of labor, or breaking the bank.

We can discuss specific ideas with you when we inspect your home, but here are some ideas to freshen up your home’s exterior that you can complete on your own for less than a hundred dollars, on a weekend:

Start With the Front Door

Whatever your tradition, a bright, freshly painted front door gives a sense of welcome and vitality to your home. So, make sure your front door is clear of grime and clutter, and give it a fresh coat of a deeply hued paint that blends or contrasts with the rest of the exterior. If you have time, refresh the paint on the shutters as well. Even vinyl doors and shutters accept the correct paint, so check with your local DIY store for advice on the best paint for your door and shutters. Be sure to clean the paint off the doorknobs, knockers and hinges.

House Numbers

Buyers often drive through neighborhoods that interest them, looking for the perfect opportunity. New, bright, clearly readable house numbers can put your home on the map. So, brighten up that brass, repaint the numerals, or replace them with decorative ones available at most hardware stores.

Planters and Flowers

Seasonal flowers in window boxes, pots, container gardens or hanging baskets make an eye-catching addition to any house. Make sure the pots, planters and baskets are in keeping with the house’s architectural elements. Keep an eye on the blooms, and remove any that are past their prime. To simplify upkeep, install a simple drip or micro-irrigation system (available at most DIY stores). According to the EPA,micro-irrigation systems save water and are more efficient than sprinklers.

Exterior Lighting

Clean up or replace an old porch light. Make sure the bulbs in the fixture cast an attractive glow over your entryway. Enhance your evening curb appeal with easy to set up solar LED landscape lighting along the walkway or driveway, or to highlight a particularly beautiful plant or garden statue. Solar LED lights are easy to install, have no wires, don’t use any electricity from the power grid, rarely require maintenance and come in dozens of styles and colors. Properly placed landscape lighting adds dramatic interest to your home.

Clean Up Your Landscaping

Spend the weekend removing dead plants and shrubbery, trimming bushes and trees, mowing and trimming the lawn and removing weeds. A cared-for lawn has automatic attraction for prospective buyers. It gives them the impression that your home is well cared-for and well loved. It might make them want to love it too.
Call us and we’ll help you get started making your home a buyer’s dream.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any and all real estate questions. We can be found at the Moeller Team Website or on Facebook

Comments (61)

John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Pat, improving the landscaping does not have to be expensive to produce positive results.

Apr 05, 2014 08:40 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi John, With Spring here I can now fill my planters for the front porch.  Stopped by via Debbie Reynolds blog to welcome you to the RAIN!

Apr 05, 2014 01:23 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Rebecca, thanks for stopping by.  You are right it is Spring and a good time to spruce up.

Apr 05, 2014 01:31 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a great selection for a re-blog. Many of us need to do some spring work around our homes.

Apr 06, 2014 12:24 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Roy, thanks for commenting. Spring work around the house is good for the soul and can help a home sale.

Apr 06, 2014 12:33 AM
John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

John  At our B & B we spend many, many hours doing landscaping; flowers, lighting, music...our place looks like Times Square but we tell our guests we will turn off the lighting before we go to bed.  These are great and easy ideas for a homeowner to create curb appeal.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 06, 2014 12:52 AM
Jack Tenold
Jack Tenold LLC - Spokane, WA
Specializing in Reverse Mortgages

Whether getting ready to sell or just getting ready for spring and summer, homeowners who take pride in their homes and gardens are appreciated by their neighbors.  Collectively, well maintained properties enhance everyone's property.

Apr 06, 2014 12:58 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Jack, thanks for the great comments. You are right, Collectively, well maintained properties enhance everyone's property.

Apr 06, 2014 02:18 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

John, you know the benefits of well maintained landscaping and lighting. It makes a big difference to the consumer.

Apr 06, 2014 02:20 AM
Gordon Wood
Canyon Ridge Realty LLC - Scottsdale, AZ
480.226.2842

First impressions make a big difference. Thnaks for the read.

 

Apr 06, 2014 06:36 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Gordon. Yes indeed we must give the best first impression. If we don't it could be costly.

Apr 06, 2014 07:27 AM
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ
#ChandlerRealEstateAgent

I have heard that yellow and white flowers are the best for enhancing curb appeal!

Apr 06, 2014 02:31 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Liz, thanks for a great tip on yellow and white flowers for curb appeal.

Apr 06, 2014 08:59 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I learned a lot from reading the post and the comments. 

Apr 06, 2014 09:04 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Gita, thanks for your comment. Learning and sharing is good.

Apr 06, 2014 09:45 PM
American Brokers Realty Group
American Brokers Realty Group, Inc - Cape Coral, FL

None of us should ever go without realizing the human network that we're all part of.

Apr 06, 2014 10:21 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

American Brokers. We must build the network and be willing to share.

Apr 06, 2014 10:31 PM
Gordon Wood
Canyon Ridge Realty LLC - Scottsdale, AZ
480.226.2842

ThanksJohn

You hit the nail on the head with this topic. Thanks for the read. 

 

Apr 07, 2014 12:42 AM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks Gordon. I am glad you got something out of the read.

Apr 07, 2014 02:11 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Nancy's  tips for increasing the curb appeal can really make a house stand out.

Apr 30, 2015 12:55 PM