Sell Your Home Faster With These 4 Cheap Curb Appeal Boosters

by Dorota Swierkowska 11/03/2019

Curb appeal, the illusive secret weapon that enamors potential buyers from afar and draws them into your home. There have been several attempts to nail down the “secret formula” for curb appeal.

In reality, the best approach to improving your home’s presentation from outside is to take the time to consider what fits.

In this post, we’ll give you some budget ideas to help you find the curb appeal boosters that will match with your home.

1. Fresh paint

One well-known curb appeal strategy is to repaint some of the notable components of the outside of your home. The places that have to most impact?

  • Front door - a front door that pops, but that also fits with the style of your home and complements its main color will make your home stand out from the neighbors.

  • Shutters - repainting your shutters is another inexpensive area to add some color to your home. However, be wary of choosing bright colors for your shutters if they’re going to clash with or disrupt the overall style of your home.

  • Mailbox - a neglected, dented, and a dirty mailbox is a huge turn off for potential buyers. Buying a new one, or adding a fresh coat of paint to your old one that matches one of the highlight colors of your home, can be a great way to add a sense of continuity to the exterior of your house.

2. Sparse decorations

Just like the inside of your home, less is often more when it comes to decoration. There are a number of things to add to your yard that will improve its overall presentation. But, just be sure that it doesn’t appear out of place or tacky. A single, small, and brightly colored bird house in a tree is usually a safe bet.

3. Simple landscaping

There’s no need to hire contractors for elaborate landscaping or to purchase expensive plants and shrubbery. A well-manicured yard is enough to make your home stand out. And, remember that potential buyers will most likely be looking for a home that is low-maintenance. A simple lawn and walkway say just that.

Also be sure to trim and prune your current trees, bushes, and flowerbeds. You might find that a cleanup is all they needed to be impressive once more.

4. Pressure washing

Most of us grow accustomed to how our home looks and might not notice the accumulation of dirt on the siding. By hiring or renting a pressure washer for a day, you’ll be able to update a number of aspects of curb appeal. From siding and decks to walkways and driveways, you can cover a lot of square footage with a pressure washer.

One note on pressure washers: the better ones can be dangerous. That means hiring a professional could help get the best results for your money. Also, while you can buy a pressure washer, you might find that for the amount you use it, it’s easier just to hire or rent every few years.

About the Author
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Dorota Swierkowska

I am happy to help you find the home of your dreams! 

A little bit of my background. I speak fluent Polish. I love biking and enjoying the many wonderful things Sarasota has to offer it's residents. 

So prior to joining Better Homes & Gardens Atchley, I was a Real Estate professional in the Chicago area for over 20 years specializing in helping sellers, buyers, builders and investors to achieve their real estate needs based on their specific lifestyle desires and needs. 

I also owned my own construction company that was involved in building condos, homes, as well as condo conversions and remodeling. What that has taught me is to help my buyers see the opportunities in what can be changed.

I utilize all this expertise to benefit my clients.  

My degree in nursing helps to compliment my real estate career in that my passion is to serve people with compassion and understanding of their needs. 

Whether my clients are looking for their dream home, vacation home, or investment, inland or on the waterfront, I use the best sources and tools to achieve the highest results for them. 

I have done it all!

I'm happy to share with you what a few of my recent clients have said about me.

 Very professional and responsive. Excellent result. She was always available to answer questions and provide a recommendation from day one. She was very helpful in showing us exactly what we were looking for to make a decision. Dorota is excellent to work with. She is professional and devotes as much time as it takes to answer all of your questions. She answers phone calls almost immediately. THANK YOU DOROTA  

We moved to Sarasota last year. As we were new to the area we were looking for help of experienced real estate professional to help us find and buy our dream house. We were very lucky to have a wonderful agent Dorota Swierkowska who helped us with that and guided us/assisted through the whole purchase process. Everything worked as a charm and it has been already almost a year that we are enjoying living in our dream house. Thank you very much Dorota for all your help! We highly recommend Dorota services to anybody looking for/or selling a house. We are sure you will be impressed with service and knowledge she will provide you with!