9 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Curb Appeal



Does Curb Appeal Really Matter?


People who are looking to sell their home often wonder whether curb appeal still matters. Will it affect the selling price? Will the home sell more if the landscaping looked better? Is it really necessary to fix up the exteriors of the home?


The simple answer is this – yes, curb appeal does matter.


However, a dilemma can arise if the seller does not even have the funds to fix up the house’s interior let alone the lawn. Despite the potential cost in making your home look better, improving curb appeal can be a worthwhile effort because the it results in a a better selling price for you, and the potential to sell your home faster.


What is Curb Appeal And Why Does It Matter?


Curb appeal is how your home looks like from the exterior or how appealing it is when viewed from the curb.


This includes areas such as the lawn, patio, front door, exterior paint, trees, shrubs and more. In a simpler sense, curb appeal is what the buyers initially see the moment they step out of their car.


Curb appeal contributes greatly to the desirability of a home. Some surveys show that curb appeal can affect a buyer’s decision to purchase a home more than the square footage or the price of the home. Although not all buyers are the same, it can generally be concluded that improving the look of your home from the outside can increase the chances of a house to be sold.


If your home is not particularly attractive from the outside, there are still ways in order to improve the curb appeal of your home without having to shell out thousands of dollars in renovations.


Inexpensive Ways to Improve Curb Appeal


  • Constantly water the lawn so that the grass will appear lush and fresh. A green lawn is the first sign of health, and it is definitely visually appealing.


  • Weed your garden. These unwanted plants can look unruly and give your lawn the appearance of a confusing jungle rather than a relaxing garden.


  • Purchase or plant flowers that are friendly to the season. If you’re too busy to tend to the garden, choose plants or flowers that don’t require much attention. This way when the buyers come along, your plants are sure to look vibrant.


  • Remove outdoor furniture that looks old and worn. It’s better not to have any furniture there at all than to have a ratty old chair ruin the look of your lawn.


  • If you have a bird bath, be sure to give it a scrub to get rid of mold and mildew. Also, fill it with fresh water every now and then.


  • Remove things that are associated with your pets. These include dog toys, chew toys, bones, plastic saucers, and of course, dog or cat poop.


  • Get rid of things that are just lying around. This would probably be the first step of improving the look of your lawn. Remove items such as old rope, boots, cracked pots, worn hoses, wrecked flower boxes, and other things.


  • Gutters can often be disregarded while you’re living in your home. However, if you’re reselling, damaged gutters (especially those that are already hanging off the roof) can be a big turn off if they are not fixed beforehand. Clean your gutters and replace any damaged areas.


  • Trim your bushes and trees. Large trees can make your area look dark and foreboding so make your plants look as friendly as possible.


What You Don’t Need To Do


Some homeowners can take renovations too far by taking down parts of the house that can still be improved. It is a waste of money to radically change the look of your home. For example, if you have a Spanish colonial house design, there’s no need to renovate your patio to look more modern.


Work around the original design of your home since this will be more budget friendly, but will still cause a big improvement to the features of your home.


Curb appeal still matters greatly to most homeowners simply because everyone wants to live in a beautiful area. A home is a large purchase, so most buyers want to get the most out of their money. If you want to sell your home at a better price, then improving curb appeal just might do the trick.


Do curb appeal would affect your decision when buying a home? Do you think that it should?




  • Julie /

    I haven't thought of curb appeal yet, and I haven't thought about it when I had bought my house. But after reading your article, I think it must be really important in a decision of buying a new home. Nice text, thanks for sharing it.

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  • Curb appeal is definitely a help. If the house looks uncared for on the outside, potential buyers will think it has been uncared for on the inside. Conversely if your house looks great from the street, potential buyers will think you've taken the same care on the inside. No need to go overboard, but you should definitely spruce things up outside if you are trying to sell.

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  • Great suggestions for spiffing up your home before you sell. Fresh paint, healthy plants and a clean door mat can all make a big difference.

  • Great ideas! I fear what would happen if we had to sell our house right now. What are your thoughts on paint vs. vinyl siding? Vinyl siding is more expensive, but it needs so much less maintenance that I think it would recoup the cost over time.

  • YFS /

    Curb appeal really makes a home pop. If if you're not selling sprucing up the yard can do wonders for when you're driving into your drive way. Don't go overboard but make it look nice

  • YFS /

    I agree wholeheartedly. If you're selling, curb appeal sets you apart from the rest. I upgraded my yard a bit after I did what I wanted on the inside b/c I think a nice yard was the only thing I was missing.

  • YFS /

    Fresh paint and a power wash can make a old home look almost new. It's like getting your car detailed!

  • YFS /

    Vinyl siding.. it's low maintenance and well worth the investment over paint.

  • Were you able to sell after the yard upgrade? Or was that just for you?

  • YFS /

    I didn't sell my home after the upgrade but my home appraised for significant amount more money which allowed me to refinance under the lowest interest rates at the time.

  • We'll have to replace the lawn once the tenant move out of our rental home. It's a mossy mess.

    They got a patch kit, but I never had much luck with those.

  • YFS /

    What happened to the lawn? Why is it a mossy mess?

  • Geoff /

    It's all about first impressions. It shouldn't normally cost a lot to tidy up the outside of a house, perhaps add a lick of paint, put new hinges on a gate that's falling off. It's all about making the property more saleable, but without going to extremes to do so.

  • I agree that improving curb appeal is extremely important when selling a house. If your house looks poorly maintained from the outside, many potential buyers may never take the time to look at the rest of the house. Plus, if buyers like the outside of the house, they enter with a good first impression that may make them focus on the positives more than the negatives.

  • Great article! Creating a nice curb appeal is one of the most important things to do when selling a home. Fresh mulch, plants and grass indicate that this house has been cared for and makes the buyer want to see more. If desired we provide specific "how-to" suggestions that are part of our free home staging consultation for our Miami sellers. Tip: Think about what could enhance your front door/entry. Maybe it needs a new color or just a good wash.

  • Rahul /

    Since you mentioned Curb Appeal, you are not taiklng aboutanything else needed but outside landscaping right? Havinga picture to look at would help see your dilema. So I’ll justgo with the basic things. Like have a lawn in and manicured.Use a weed and feed product to kill the weeds in the lawn. Plant some flowering shrubs that will provide color to drawpeople in to look closer. Preferably some that are lowmainenance to appeal to those who can’t do much gardening. Have an attractive wreath or door decoration to make fora homey and welcome sign’. You might add a metal door protector on the bottom of the door that prevents shoemarks. This adds to a custom’ look, you’d want. Trim all unwanted low hanging branches from trees on the property if there are any. And add extra bedding plants along the walkway to the front door. You should strive for a colorful entrance, making people want to see inside to make an offer. As for the inside, what I did with a house we put on themarket a year after building, was I made sure I had extraspecial lighting in all the rooms. Later, when a group ofrealtors made their walk thru, I got wonderful comments onthe added quality that set our house apart from others in thearea, that had just the basics’. I went the extra mile and paidfor special overhead lighting in the bedrooms, and the kitchenand family room areas. When you plan an open house or a walk thru, set outscented candles and light them. The fragrance is heavenlyand so inviting to all who enter. It’s a common ploy that works. I hope these tips are of help to you.

  • Great post! here are some more tips for you:

    Gutters – Repair any unsightly segments and make sure they’re clean and debris-free.
    Furniture – Take a fresh look at your chairs and tables – if they’re old and worn, it’s time to toss or replace them.
    Hardware – It’s amazing what a new door handle, house number, mailbox and porch light fixture will do to perk up the overall look of the front of your house.
    Birdbath or Fountain – If it’s been awhile since these have been cleaned, give them a rigorous scrubbing, removing any algae and “gifts” from our feathered friends.

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