If you have plans to sell your home this holiday season or after the New Year, you may think you need to break the bank when it comes to updating your homes exterior. However, there are ways to get the most curb appeal for the least amount of money. Parry Custom Homes, a premier Pittsburgh on your lot builder, shares some ways to dramatically increase the look of your homes exterior on a budget.
The first and most important way to increase the aesthetic of your homes exterior is to simply spend a weekend cleaning it up. From Trimming your bushes, mowing your lawn, planting some new flowers and washing your driveway, windows and fence, a little elbow grease can go a long way in taking your home up a notch on the appealing scale.
It is a good idea to rent a power-washer to do the heavy-duty cleaning if needed or if it’s been a while since your windows, driveway and fence have had a good cleaning. It typically only costs about $50-$75 per day to rent a power washer and the result is worth the time and money. The one thing you won’t want to power-wash however is the roof. That can damage the shingles and end up costing you money, which you are trying to avoid.
Be sure to clean not only the outside of your windows, but the inside as well. A better cleaning solution that glass cleaner is a mix of detergent diluted in warm water.
Next, an addition to the exterior of your home that can accentuate the size of your windows will be to add shutters. It will make them look larger and add visual interest to the front of your home. It can also add more curb appeal, especially if your homes exterior is bland or boring in color or style.
Painting accent areas is another feature you could add to your homes exterior to enhance appeal. You don’t have to paint the entire exterior of your home to enhance it. Try painting your trim, door or shutters (or all three) to add a nice highlight of elegance to update your home. A fresh coat of paint on any of these areas can go along way for a small amount of money.
If you have a boring front door or just one you are not in love with, instead of just painting it to try and make it look better consider adding molding to it to offer a more decorative touch. You can also add metal house numbers to your doorway which can cost as little as $5 per number. Top if off with a wreath or seasonal decorations and you will have your front door standing out in no time!
Lastly, updating your light fixtures is an inexpensive and immediate way to not only add to the curb appeal of your home, but also make your home look richer. Outdoor sconces can be found for as little as $20 at your local home improvement stores. If you don’t mind the outdoor lighting you have but it looks outdated or faded, consider spray painting them a different color to bring them back to life.
These simple exterior updates will keep your wallet happy and dramatically improve the exterior appeal of your home at the same time. It is a win-win scenario that is well worth the time and effort!
Parry Custom Homes is an established homebuilder in the Pittsburgh area. Call or contact us today for more information about this floor plan option, or to view other homes in our portfolio that may suit your new home needs.