5 Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Add Curb Appeal


It’s amazing what a little paint can do!  Your house will look immediately newer and more pristine.  Don’t forget trim and fences.  Choosing a neutral color will be more appealing to a larger number of people than say a brighter color that is more a matter of personal taste.

Window Treatments

Windows are what invite a perspective buyer to come and take a look inside.  Decorative shutters and even planters will transform a plain window into a point of interest.  Make sure screens are clean and in good repair.  And don’t forget that interior treatments can also be viewed from the outside.

Lighting and Fixtures

Replacing out-dated lighting and fixtures is another way to make your house appear to be newer.  Be sure that fixtures such as the door handle and even address numbers match closely in color and style with porch and other exterior lights.  For instance brushed chrome or wrought iron, according to Bob Jones of Jones Lighting in Towson, are a good bet.  Don’t be afraid to add lighting, such as solar-powered walkway lights.  These will invite people right to your front door!


Planting brand new flowers and even a tree or two is another inexpensive way to brighten and call attention to your house.  Choose flowers and plants of varied heights that will grow well in either shaded or sunlit spots. This information is readily available through gardening books, nurseries, or even websites such as www.bhg.com (Better Homes and Garden)

Clean Up the Yard

Making sure grass is trimmed and leaves are raked shows your own pride that you take in owning this home.  Tools, equipment, and even trash cans should be put away and out of sight.  Lastly, don’t forget to sweep walkways, porch, and even the driveway.  This attention to detail will have buyers looking forward to see what awaits inside!

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.”  – Will Rogers