7 budget-friendly ways to maximize your curb appeal

7 budget-friendly ways to maximize your curb appeal

You don’t have to be wealthy to have an eye-catching home. There are dozens of minor home improvements you can make that won’t break the bank. According to the National Association of Realtors, having high curb appeal greatly increases your home’s chances of selling quickly—and for top dollar! Here are just a few easy improvements you can make: 


A little paint can go a long way. Consider brightening up your home’s exterior with a pop of color on your front door (like red or yellow). Don’t like bright colors? The perfect neutral or muted color can make a big statement, too. Just make sure you ask the store clerk what type of paint and primer to buy for your project so that your handiwork lasts for years to come! 

Upgrade your mailbox.

Have a mailbox that’s rusty or old-looking? You can buy and install a nice, shiny new one for as little as $20 and two hours of labor. Before you do anything, though, check with your Homeowner’s Association (if applicable) for any rules or regulations around mailbox style. 

Plant some trees or shrubs.

Adding flowers or greenery around your home is a great way to bring color and texture to your home’s exterior. Remember: Less is more. Stay conscientious of the future upkeep that some trees or shrubs may require. 

Replace exterior lighting.

This is an easy way to add a unique touch to an otherwise outdated or cookie-cutter home. Want to be extra budget-friendly? Check your local salvage shops for lightly used fixtures. 

Make your exterior shine. 

Oftentimes the rain and wind cause dirt and grime to build up on sidewalks, porches, and siding. A pressure washer is the perfect tool for making your home sparkle again. You can hire a professional to do it for you. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can buy or rent a pressure washer to do it yourself. Just make sure you read a how-to guide before you start! 

Create a sitting area.

A pair of rocking chairs or a swing can add a warm, inviting element to any front porch. 

Add some outdoor art. 

Give your yard some extra pizazz by adding weather-resistant art like a birdbath, water sculpture, garden flag, fancy planters, wind chimes, etc. Yard sales are a great place to search for inexpensive outdoor art pieces. 

With a little bit of time and money, you’ll be turning neighbors’ heads and getting the attention of potential buyers. We hope you give some of these curb appeal boosters a try. Good luck!