It is more important than ever to consider cheap ways to increase a home's curb appeal. The real estate market has taken a real hit in recent years and it is definitely swayed in favor of the buyer. In any community there are foreclosed homes for sale or desperate sellers trying to unload their property before they become the next victim of foreclosure. This all means a great selection for a picky buyer and frustration for the seller that has a house sitting unnoticed in a sea of For Sale signs. What can be done on a tight budget? Plenty! There are many great cheap tips for increasing curb appeal and having a successful open house.
If a fence is old or ugly then paint it. Paint is one of the cheapest ways to increase curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint is like a blanket of clean snow and can wipe the slate clean. The porch is a great thing to paint at this time as well and a gallon of garage door paint can spruce that area up as well. While painting a porch rail or floor, consider a new set of house numbers. This simple update can make a big difference. It would be a great time to install a new outdoor light fixture as well. Again, this is all cheap! Paint will run less than $50 for two quality gallons. A light fixture and new house numbers can both be had for a total of $30 to $50.
These simple steps only add up to around a $100, but can mean more traffic and more people coming into your home. The better the traffic the more likely that someone will want to make your home become their future home. People need to seek out every advantage so don't miss out on the simple things that you can do quickly and easily to increase a home's curb appeal well before you list with a real estate agent. The money you spend will be returned in multiples during a sale.