Instant Curb Appeal on the Cheap


When talking to your clients about listing their home, it’s important to have a conversation about adding to the home’s curb appeal to help the home sell. It doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. There are tons of easy and inexpensive improvements that sellers can make.

Here are some ideas for quick curb appeal projects that don’t cost a lot, but will add a ton of charm.

Give the Front Door a Facelift

A fresh coat of exterior paint on the front door provides tons of bang for your buck. If you’re feeling adventurous, pick a bold, on-trend color to really stand out. Just make sure that the color works with the rest of the colors of the home!

While you’re at it, go ahead and install some new hardware, as well. A doorknob doesn’t seem like a huge deal, but that one little change can make a huge difference. There are endless options available, from standard door knobs, to high-tech options with numerical codes and even cameras.

Add Porch Curtains

I’ve been seeing these a lot lately, and I have to admit, I love them. Not only do they help keep the sun out of your eyes if you’re hanging out on the porch during sunrise or sunset, but they create a private, almost dreamy space.

Pick Up a New Doormat

They don’t call it a welcome mat for nothing! Toss the dingy, dirty old doormat that you’ve been wiping your shoes on for 10 years. Give potential buyers a proper welcome with a fresh, clean mat. There are a million cute options out there, and it’s a really inexpensive way to dress up your entrance.

Adding Planters or Window Boxes

Nothing livens up a home quite like actual live plants. Add an inexpensive burst of color with planters near the front door. Bonus points if they’re full of flowers that smell amazing.

Window boxes are another way to brighten up a home with the beauty of flowers and add some color. Just make sure that they are full of plants that are super easy to care for, because you’ll have to keep them maintained for them to actually add curb appeal!

Upgrade the Mailbox

Mailboxes tend to be something that don’t get upgraded very often. There are a lot of options available these days, from the local hardware store to the vast choices on Amazon.

Upgrade the House Numbers

I know I said that mailboxes don’t get upgraded very often, but what about house numbers? It may seem small, but these little details can have a big impact.

Try to choose house numbers that match the style of the home. Modern sans serif numbers are going to be a better option for a contemporary home or even an MCM style home. If the home is more traditional or has that farmhouse style, look at the more classic styles.

Outdoor Living Space

This might cost your sellers a little more than the other options here, but outdoor living spaces are extremely popular right now. An outdoor seating area will add a ton of appeal for buyers.

It doesn’t need to be a complicated renovation. A weekend, some cheap patio furniture, and some solar-powered string lights can make for a neat, inviting outdoor space. Thrift stores and yard sales could provide some great inexpensive options to keep the cost to a minimum.