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Even if your home is well-maintained inside, an unkempt exterior will make the property much less appealing. Whether you simply take pride in your home or you are putting your house on the market, boost curb appeal to increase your home’s value and make it more attractive. Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve results.

Budget-Friendly Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

With a little planning and a bit of work, you can transform your home’s appearance with minimal expense. Call one of our highly experienced Raleigh Home Inspection professionals and boost your home’s curb appeal with one of these great budget-friendly projects. 

Do a Thorough Clean Up

Cleaning up your front yard doesn’t cost much, but it will make a difference in your home’s appearance. Follow these tips for the best benefits.

  • Tackle clean-up in small bursts so you can dispose of lawn debris and clippings in regular pickups.
  • Trim trees and shrubs so they are evenly spaced, shaped nicely, and not overgrown.
  • Pressure wash walkways, porches, and siding materials to refresh their appearance.
  • Pull or spray weeds and rake dead leaves from garden areas.
  • Toss out clutter, trash, and any broken planters or yard decorations.

Add a Complementary Color

The front entryway is one of the first things a potential buyer will notice about your home, but it is also an area that often gets overlooked. An attractive and vibrant color on the front door will boost your home’s curb appeal and make it feel more welcoming. Find a color that works well with your home’s exterior and spend a warm day repainting the front door.

Add a Water Feature

The sound of water is relaxing and can put homebuyers at ease as they visit your property. Birdbaths and fountains also attract birds and other wildlife to your yard. A water feature doesn’t have to be expensive to make a big impact. You can find pre-made fountains at most home improvement stores or DIY plans to construct your own are only a web search away.

To Boost Curb Appeal, Highlight Your Home’s Best Features

There are a number of ways you can use lighting to boost your home’s curb appeal. Illuminate its best features so they stand out to a buyer. Add lights to increase safety on walkways and around entrances. Look for solar lights that won’t require running electrical lines. Solar-powered options are inexpensive, simple to install, and make a big impact.

The appearance of the exterior is important when listing your home for sale. No matter how tight your budget, there are options that increase curb appeal without breaking the bank. Performing a deep clean of the front yard and adding color, lighting, and water features can all make your home look well-cared for and more inviting.

Steve Smallman Property Inspections provides home inspection services to the North Carolina Triangle. Contact us to book an appointment.

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