While many homeowners get the idea that investing in their home’s curb appeal can help it sell faster and for more money, not everyone will get it. Some homeowners might want to just do the bare minimum, or might not have enough cash on hand to invest in larger scale projects.
If you’re working rentals, small landlords and management companies might balk at the idea of spending any money at all.
That means many agents have to make do with less. In order to see that you don’t need to spend $10,000 to have a dramatic effect on your listing’s curb appeal, here are a few upgrades you can do for $100 or less.
1. Upgrade Dated Door Hardware
Since the hardware is the focal point of most doors, cheap hardware will make even the nicest door look cheap. That means paying attention to the knocker, handles, peephole, or other door hardware can help spruce up the door and improve your clients’ first impressions.
If you or your contractor have a bit of DIY knowledge, you may even be able to go with vintage hardware to complement an historic home.
2. Paint the Front Door
Color is another crucial design element for your entryway. A dirty, dull, beige front door looks uninviting and drab. A bright yellow door, like the one above, is energizing, friendly, and welcoming. To get a sense of what color will work best with your listing, check out what the neighbors are doing or spend some time looking for inspiration on Pinterest.
3. Upgrade Porch Lighting Fixtures
After you’ve spruced up the front door, the next logical area to improve is the lighting. Even during the day, the right lighting fixtures can dramatically change the look and feel of your entryway.
They’re also surprisingly easy to install. In most cases, you just need to turn off the electricity, remove the old fixture, wire up the new one, and screw it to the wall. Then, voila, you have a lovely new element for your entry and more dramatic lighting at for dusk and evening showings.
4. Create Seating Area on the Porch
Whether the porch is open, covered, or enclosed, many homeowners either ignore or use their front porches for storage. This is a huge mistake, as front porches make a perfect place for a relaxing seating or even dining area.
This can be as easy as moving some furniture from the back deck to the front, or you can go all out and look for a secondhand table, chairs, or other comfy porch furniture.
5. Add Potted Plants, Flowers, or Small Trees
Potted plants are a great way to spruce up an entryway, stoop, or porch quickly, cheaply, and easily. All you need to do is move or purchase plants that will complement your entryway. In the image above, the homeowner chose interesting looking cacti in order to bring even more drama to an already dramatic entryway.
Having a green entryway is especially important for improving your curb appeal in the summertime. If you’re looking for summer-specific tips, check out this great guide from our friends over at Fortune Builders.
6. Buy a New Doormat
Don’t forget the doormat! A fresh, new doormat will make guests feel more welcome, as well as give them an opportunity to wipe their feet on rainy or snowy days. While this might not make a massive difference, together with some of the other curb appeal ideas on this page, a nice new doormat will make a nice addition to your entryway.
7. Paint Window & Door Trim
With a paintbrush, some enamel paint, and a drop cloth, you can add some contrast and panache to your entryway by painting the trim on the doors and windows. Just remember that the taping and prep will always take longer than the painting, so be prepared to spend a bit more for labor for painting intricate trim or picture frame windows.
8. Add Some Birdhouses or Bird Feeders
In addition to looking cute, birdhouses and bird feeders have the added bonus of attracting birds. Imagine you’re with a buyer and a hummingbird stops by for a quick snack, or a bluebird stops in for a drink.
9. Paint, Restain, or Seal the Porch
Painting, restaining, or sealing the front porch can also add a lot of curb appeal to your listing. Just remember to choose colors carefully. It helps to plan out the color theme for your door, trim, siding, and porch all at once before you start painting. A fresh coat of paint will also help hide imperfections in the wood.
10. Paint Shutters
Shutters, even if they’re just decorative, are a great way to add contrast to the front of your listing. If the paint is worn or no longer works with your color scheme, sprucing them up can be a quick, easy way to make a big improvement to your curb appeal.