Every homeowner’s primary interest, after making sure they’re safe and comfortable in their own homes, is trying to increase equity as much as possible. Selling a house should always bring in more than was spent on it, otherwise it’s just a bleeding hole of investments. Luckily, curb appeal is one of the easiest and least expensive ways a homeowner can do this, but not every homeowner knows about these three secrets.
Spend No Money
The following curb appeal tips require no money to increase curb appeal, with many homeowners mistakenly believing a big influx of cash is needed instead.
Edge the Driveway:All homeowners have to do is create a distinct border between the driveway and lawn to create a crisp, elegant, tidy and well-maintained look. And with just about every homeowner possessing a small shovel or spade edging the driveway is perhaps the easiest way to instantly add curb appeal to the home.
Pull out Weeds: Nothing screams shabby more than a lawn and sidewalk full of weeds poking their heads out everywhere, and yanking them out fixes all that. Rarely does a homeowner like pulling weeds, but that’s usually because they don’t know the right techniques. For the easiest time, start when the heat of the day is at its peak and pour boiling hot water over the weeds. This loosens them up and makes them come out with a simple tug.
Spend Under $100
Unfortunately, not every curb appeal project can be free, but there are ways to brighten up the outside without digging deep into the wallet.
Paint up Rough Edges: A can of paint is not expensive at all, and touching up your front door, shutters and trim makes it look bright and looked after. Plus, the right color is easily seen from the street and turns heads from afar.
Mow the Lawn: The only reason this tip didn’t fall into the “free” category is because the initial outlay of a lawnmower isn’t free, and it requires paying for either gas or electricity on a regular basis. Don’t cut the lawn too short when it’s dry, and try to keep straight lines.
Spend a Little, Learn a Lot
These tips don’t cost a lot of money, but they do require reading and careful planning to make the curb appeal look nice. They’re techniques that may not necessarily come easily to the average person, as they require learning about topics that are generally unfamiliar—but not at all out of reach.
Flowers and Plants: Planting nice flowers is incredibly easy once you get the hang of it and learn the rules, with two general rules of thumb to follow. Space perennials as though they’ve already reached maturity (even if it looks empty or patchy right now), and clump together annuals to fill space. Another thing to keep in mind is to pick plants that go well with your sun and soil-water needs, otherwise they’ll die before you can get them off the ground. Bonus tip: hanging plants on the front veranda always look nice, especially when they match each other at either end.
Focus on Symmetry: Whether you put in solar lights on the lawn or driveway, hang flower pots, install new garage doors, replace old hardware, change the mailbox, or cover up dead spots, symmetry is key. This doesn’t mean that both halves of your front lawn have to be carbon copies of each other, but that they should should look even and tidy. Hint: clustering things in odd numbers works better than even numbers.
These three secret tips on how to approach curb appeal projects isn’t well known to homeowners and they don’t require a lot of time or money, but they’re vastly underutilized. Don’t be like the majority of clueless homeowners and boost your curb appeal right away.