4 Tips to Add Curb Appeal to your Frugal Home

March 11, 2009

Thank goodness I no longer have a home on the market. I can’t imagine how stressful selling a house must be in the current climate. I know that two years ago when we were selling our old house, one of the first tasks we tackled was improving the curb appeal of our home. This included:

  • Mulching the gardens
  • Painting the front door red (it was boring tan)
  • Power-washing the front of the house (it was a white house and showed a lot of dirt; I used this great Windex Outdoor product that you attached to the hose)
  • Clustering pots of brightly colored flowers on the front step; I favored yellow mums in the fall
  • Sweeping the front walk and driveway daily

In case you are trying to sell your home and are looking for ways to improve your house’s curb appeal, I thought that knowing what I did above, plus these 4 front-door tips from Lowe’s (two of which mirror what I did), would be helpful.

1. Fresh Front Door

For about $75 you can transform your front door into a knockout. Choose a paint color to match the architectural style of your home. A great example is to try a rich charcoal gray or even dark ebony on a modern home or a cobalt blue or striking red on a traditional home. Install a coordinating kick plate, dynamic door numbers and a door knocker, too.

2. Add Landscaping

Consider potted plants instead of a full lawn renovation. Strategically place full, green plants like ferns into pots on your stoop or walkway leading up to the door. Ferns are about $10 each and you can find attractive pots for as little as $5. Be sure to coordinate your pots in the same material so the look is cohesive. Flank each side of your door with substantial topiaries at least four feet tall so you can see the tops of them from the street. This is a great option for apartment dwellers and condo owners who might not be allowed to paint the door.

3. Improve Outdoor Lighting

Lights should be functional at night but also look fantastic during the day. Replace standard flush mounted fixtures with lantern-style lighting for a chic addition and accessorize with pathway lighting. You can use CFL light bulbs in fixtures which helps save on energy costs.

4. Furniture Flair

Space permitting, don’t shy away from adding outdoor furniture such as rocking chairs, tables and even lamps. Outdoor pillows in weather-resistant fabric will add extra flair to punch up your front patio furniture. Pick a contrasting color for your furniture to accent the colors of your home. For instance, if you have white columns use dark woods to make them stand out

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  3. Nancy@mailboxchief.com on March 26, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Great ideas! There is no substitute for a buyer’s first impression! Another great thing to add is a new mailbox. They look crisp and fresh and can add to a home’s outside decor or look neat and well-cared for by the street. Mailboxchief.com is a great site to find lots of attractive options at all price points.

  4. Shymom on March 12, 2009 at 8:54 am

    The good thing about the potted plants by the door is that they add color and you get to take them with you when you move.

  5. This Eclectic Life on March 11, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I pity anyone trying to sell in this market. Curb appeal is definitely necessary, and these are all good tips. There is a house nearby that has a dead tree in the yard and doesn’t keep the yard mowed. You would think those would be obvious fixes, eh?

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