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Budget-Friendly Exterior Projects to Do Before You List Your Home

Planning to list your home soon? You naturally want to make as much money as you can from this huge sale. Regardless of the reason behind your home’s listing, the entire process may still prove to be a hectic one because you must do some upgrading before officially having it listed on the market.

This could mean a huge investment if you plan to do an all-around (both interior and exterior) renovation project. However, if you’re in a budget bind then going with a simple exterior makeover will be the fastest and simplest way to add value to your home while also attracting potential homebuyers by creating curb appeal.


What is Curb Appeal?

You might have heard your realtor or friends telling you to work on the curb appeal, but you weren’t entirely sure what that means.

Curb appeal refers to the things that create the first impression for any visitor at your home. Consider pruning the trees and shrubs in and around your yard, as you also ensure that there are no withered or dying plants anywhere next to the walkway.


Moving on, here are a few tips to help you choose the best budget-friendly exterior projects as you plan on getting your home ready for the market:

Painting Your Front Door

Of course, your front door is one of the first things that every visitor to enter your home will see. Obviously, you don’t want to give buyers an impression that your home is in dire need of repair. A door with faded, chipped paint sends an instant impression of neglect.

Therefore, give your door a coat of fresh paint to help enhance the charm of your home as it speaks a welcoming message to your visitors.

Facelift Your Front Porch

You can give your front porch an instant facelift by simply repainting it with fresh paint. Also, consider throwing some rocking chairs on the front porch as this will enable buyers to visualize themselves enjoying the cool breeze especially on a hot summer day.

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning the gutters can be easily forgotten especially when rushing against time to prep your home for sale. As you know, clogged gutters can lead to serious problems such as leaky roofs, poor drainage system, cracked walls, and to the extreme, may weaken the foundation of your home.

Imagine a scenario where buyers are inside your house during a rainstorm. With clogged gutters, you’ll obviously be unable to cover your shame—when the buyers get to notice your leaking roofs and the water running down your walls.

Don’t wait for that moment. Instead, start by ensuring your gutters are cleared of any debris.

Install Gutter Guards

Gutter guards will save you of all the time and cost you’ll have to incur in ensuring that your gutters are in good shape. In fact, it’s one way of saying goodbye to unsightly ground erosion due to over-pouring gutters.


Getting your home ready for listing shouldn’t be stressful, even on a budget! All you’ve got to do is to arm yourself with the above simple exterior improvements to boost your curb appeal and enhance the charm of your home. Thus, you will make your home more attractive to buyers.


Author Bio: Deborah Tayloe is a DIY blogger and content writer for GutterBrush. She loves to write about DIY ideas and is a particular fan of furniture restoration. When she’s not writing about DIY topics, she’s putting her knowledge to use renovating her 50-year-old home one room at a time.

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