New Jersey Real Estate MarketNew Jersey Real Estate Tips September 23, 2014

Add Curb Appeal to Your Home – On a Budget!

A home with good curb appeal draws in interest, and that’s a good thing, especially if you’re planning on putting your home up for sale. If you make the home look great on the outside, people will naturally want to know what’s on the inside. Of course, if you are selling your home, you don’t want to put too much money into boosting its exterior. Fortunately, there are smart, budget-friendly ways to enhance your home’s curb appeal without hurting your pocketbook.

Paint the Door and Replace Hardware

Give your door a makeover by painting it a bold color, such as red or blue. Clean off all dirty spots, and use metal polish on the door handles. If the hardware is dull and dingy, replace it with a new set. Don’t forget to match the hardware to the other metal elements on your home – house numbers, light fixtures – so that everything functions together.

Clean and Install Light Fixtures

Go through and give your home’s exterior lights a good cleaning. Not only with the glass look crystal clear, but also the light will shine brightly in the evenings. If your home is lacking in outdoor lighting, consider installing inexpensive solar lights. The added fixtures are both decorative and functional, and will help your home pop in the day and night.

Add Potted Plants or Container Plants

Instead of digging and planting, add color and personality to your home by incorporating potted or container plants. With fall coming up, you can add a lot of interest to your home by planting colorful mums in pots and arranging pumpkins and gourds on the stoop.

Refresh Planter Beds

The way you take care of your flower beds tells a lot about how you take care of your home. Give your flower beds an update by pulling weeds, pruning growth, planting new flowers and laying down new mulch. Consider adding an edging system using stone or brick – a small area won’t cost much.

Shutters and Trim

If your home already has shutters and trim, give them a fresh coat of paint. If you don’t have window shutters or door trim, think about adding them. Simple molding installed around your front door is an effective and affordable way to make the home’s welcome point inviting and intriguing.

Exterior Facelift

Walk around the home and decide what could use a facelift. Give the exterior windows a good cleaning. Power wash the deck, walkways and siding for a bright and clean appearance. Remove debris or old furniture and repair railings and cracked concrete. If you’re looking for a suitable replacement, consider stone veneer that’s lightweight, affordable and super stunning.