Best ways to increase curb appeal for under $100 this spring
Even in the hottest seller’s market, Whidbey Island has ever seen it’s obvious that curb appeal is still fetching top dollar. Now more than ever a phenomenal home that is attractively presented can create such a stir that buyers are battling over who will get it. If you are selling soon don’t skimp on the power of curb appeal, the return on a small investment of time, elbow grease, and new plants will never be higher! Here are 6 ways to increase your curb appeal and sell for top dollar. Don’t leave anything on the table in this market!
Perhaps you are not planning to sell… these tips will help you fall in love with your space that much more without breaking the bank. So, keep reading.
LANDSCAPING - A manicured lawn, established trees, shrubs, and plants are all obvious ways to increase your home’s curb appeal but adding some seasonal flowers for a pop of color or replacing anything that’s looking a little scraggly and old is the all-important icing on the cake! *Expert-tip: start small with a few fast-growing trees like Crape Myrtle, Emerald Green, Arborvitae, Prairie Crabapple, Dawn Redwood, Paper Birch, Sargent Cherry, and Leyland Cypress. In addition to being fast-growing these trees need little maintenance, just water them regularly and fertilize them in the spring and fall. Doing so will not only increase your home’s curb appeal but will also, increase your property value, reduce your utility bill, improve air quality, and even reduce your stress.
PAINT THE FRONT DOOR - Give your entrance a huge boost with a fresh new look. A gallon of exterior paint costs roughly $35 – $50 and is an instant way to make your home stand out! It is ok to go bold here just be careful to make sure it accentuates the rest of your home. Before you start, ensure that the door is properly prepped for painting to get the best results that will last for years to come.
PRESSURE WASH - Cleaning out not just the front entrance but a quick wash for the entire house to make it look fresh and well cared for. This includes your driveway, walkways, fences, gutters, siding, garage doors, and patio furniture. Living in the Pacific Northwest means mold, moss, and just general organic growth can cover most surfaces. What may be almost imperceptible to the naked eye will still look freshened up with a good scrub. If you don’t have a pressure washer you can rent one here. Don’t forget to always start on the lowest pressure to prevent damage to your surfaces. *Pro-tip: move from top to bottom and out towards the street.
DEFINE YOUR YARD'S ENTRANCE - If your walkway starts at the street, make it a grand entrance to make your guests feel welcomed and invited. A good way to create this feeling is by decorating your entrance with planters, a fence, pavers, gravel, or solar path lighting.
REPLACE YOUR MAILBOX - If your mailbox is old, dented, or rusty and a little cleaning doesn’t do the trick, purchase a new one some of them are as little as $20! If you are moving the placement, make sure you are following regulations. You can find them here at the United States Post Office website.
HOUSE NUMBERS & LIGHTING - Do something chic with your house number. Make sure the numbers are visible from the street and that they add to the appeal of your home. Get creative, put them on planters by your new grand entrance or add a succulent planter box at your front door and display your number across the front. Let your creativity flow.