Easy Ways to Instantly Increase the Curb Appeal, and Value of Your Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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It’s important not to underestimate how much the curb appeal of a property impacts not only its saleability, but also the value it’s likely to achieve.

Even small tweaks that cost very little can increase the asking price of a typical home by thousands of dollars, so let’s go over a few inexpensive options that you should try yourself.

Overhaul the lawn

If you’ve got any area of grass in front of your property, it needs to be kept in tip top condition so that it isn’t an eyesore.

Something as simple as mowing the lawn will work wonders to smarten up the exterior. And if you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work, carrying out more extensive landscaping is worthwhile.

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Adding flowers to neglected borders, planting trees and clearing weeds from pathways and driveways will bring back the sheen to a front yard in a jiffy.

And if you’re thinking of starting your own real estate brokerage, this is the type of advice you can give to your clients who want to sell their homes quickly without breaking the bank.

Replace the front door

An old, tired and dated-looking front door can give the wrong impression about the interior of a home before prospective buyers have even set foot inside it.

Replacing it with a newer model doesn’t have to cost a lot, and will breathe life back into the facade. Of course if your existing door is still sturdy, you can revamp it with a lick of paint.

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Wooden doors are easiest to restore with a paint job, but even UPVC doors can be freshened up in this way as well.

Install window boxes

Some properties don’t have outdoor areas to jazz up, in which case you need to focus on the look of the windows.

You can add some greenery by installing window boxes, and they’ll add a splash of color without requiring any kind of paintbrush.

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If you’re looking for even more window-based enhancements, shutters can bring some charm to your home for a tiny price tag, comparative to bigger renovation projects.

Power wash grimy surfaces

Buying or renting a power washer is a canny move for any would-be home seller. This device can blast away dirt and debris from all sorts of surfaces, with paths and drives being the best example.

Even things like porches, doors and windows can be cleaned quickly and thoroughly with a power washing device. Just make sure that you aren’t using it on any fragile materials or unsuitable surfaces, as this could lead to damage being done.

Clear guttering and replace damaged trim

With time, gutters accumulate all sorts of mulch and matter, so they need to be cleaned to ensure that they remain functional, and also to prevent them looking less than appealing.

You can do this yourself, or better yet get a professional in to handle this for you, which is the safer option.

If any guttering or exterior trim is loose or broken, paying to get this replaced will cost you a few hundred dollars, but will increase your home’s value by much more, so it’s worth it.

Add lighting to thoroughfares

The driveway and pathway leading to your house might look good in daylight, but will fade into the background once the sun has set.

That’s where lighting makes a difference, and will help if you’re likely to be showing interested parties around during the evening.

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You could go all-out and install lights along these routes which are powered from a mains connection. But with affordable solar-powered outdoor lights easy to procure today, you can get the same effect for a fraction of the price.

Paint the outside of your property

This could be one of the most expensive improvements to make, but one which will also have the biggest impact on the value of your home.

Painting a property that’s looking long in the tooth will instantly transform it into a more vibrant and welcoming abode.

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You can save money here by handling the painting yourself, but again you’ll get better results in less time if you call in the pros.

The bottom line

It’s arguable that having a house that looks good from the street is more important than worrying about making interior improvements when the time to sell arrives. Focus your attention on the areas that are in most need of addressing, and plow your budget into the parts that will have the biggest impact.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.