6 Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Curb Appeal
You want to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to selling your Oklahoma City home. Putting your home on the market can help you reevaluate the areas of your home that need a little pick-me-up. Since potential homebuyers can view pictures of houses online, it's even more critical to make sure your home stands out from the crowd. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of cash to get a good return on your investment when it comes to attracting a buyer. Consider these five budget-friendly ways to boost curb appeal.
1. Clear It Away
Putting your home on the market will help you see it in a new light. Take a good long look at the yard and overlooked areas to see what needs attention. Clean up any old leaf piles or sticks that never quite got to the curb. Pull weeds and sweep away any built-up dirt in the corners of the patio. Cleaning up the yard is free and only requires a little bit of elbow grease to get the job done.
2. Power-Wash Hardscapes
You'll learn just how dirty your patio and sidewalks are after a quick power-washing. Power-washing is a great way to blast away dark dirt that can weigh down the look of your home. You can rent a power-washer for the day at your local improvement store. You can also use the machine on siding and your front door to upgrade the exterior.
3. Feed the Lawn
Make sure your lawn is not only healthy and strong but also energized. Apply a quick-release fertilizer to the lawn that will help green up the grass in only a few short days. You can pick up a bottle of fertilizer at a local retailer and then spray it onto the lawn for quick-acting results. Make sure to follow the directions carefully. Adding too much fertilizer to one spot can burn the grass and create water-polluting runoff.
4. Light It Up
Take a close look at your outside lamps and replace any that are worn or mismatched. Clean off all the cobwebs and dirt. You can make the walkway stand out by adding some solar-powered lights along the path.
5. Get Out the Paint
It’s likely that your front door, window frames, and other areas of your home exterior need a little bit of TLC. Bust out the leftover paint and go around your house to address these issues. If you have enough paint, give the front door a new paint job that will create a fresh entryway for potential buyers. Consider adding a stylish door knocker. Pay attention to other areas of the yard, like fences and gates that may need some touch-ups as well.
6. Plant Native Flowers
Nothing is more welcoming about a home than a few touches of bright living color. Add a few containers near the entryway filled with OKC native flowers such as phlox and coneflower. These beauties will not only convey that you care about your home but will pop out during showings. Additionally, native plants tend to require significantly less maintenance. Line a walkway or plant around a large shade tree for an added touch. Picking up a few trays of flowers at the local garden center doesn’t cost a lot and is an easy project to get done before you take your first pictures.
You don't have to break the bank sprucing up your home. Drawing potential buyers to your front doorstep is vital to selling your home quickly and for the best price. Consider these five budget-friendly ways to boost curb appeal when selling your home.
About the Author
Meredith Hale is a gardening and landscape writer, and design addict. She has coordinated the design on many house flipping projects, admitting that her favorite part is creating inspired outdoor spaces.