Building kerb appeal on a budget
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Making home improvements can sound expensive, but for homeowners that are looking to make changes on a lower budget, there are plenty of options. Whether you want to make your house more attractive because you’ve been wondering “how can I sell my house fast?” or because you simply want to make the place better for yourself, here are our top tips!
- Outline your budget
When you look to make any changes around the house, you need to know how much you can afford and how much the changes that you’ve got in mind will cost. A lot of the time, homeowners aren’t aware of the actual costs of things which can hinder their plans if the budget won’t allow it.
Knowing how much you’ve got will give you a better idea of the changes that you can make and ensure that you don’t get partway through the job and realise that you can’t afford it. Look at your finances and determine how much you can spend, and then look at the changes you’d like to make and start outlining the costs. You can get quotes from professionals or work out how much it will cost for you to do the job yourself, while staying within your budget.
Doing something yourself almost always works out cheaper, so if you’re on a tight budget, taking things into your own hands can keep your costs down while still achieving the goals that you want. This will depend on how confident you are and your handyman skills, but there are several jobs that you can do yourself.
A lot of homeowners want to replace their front doors, for example, which is a job that should really be done by a professional. However, for those who are working on a low budget, repainting the front door will make it look like new for a minimal cost and is a fun project that you can do yourself.
- Update your plaque
A lot of houses have plaques with the name or number written on it, but they are often weather-beaten and don’t look their best if they’re a bit old. By replacing these for a smarter, modern version, you’ll catch the attention of anyone approaching your house.
You can choose any style of plaque, or just go for individual numbers depending on your personal preference, but updating these can be done on a very low budget and will give the front of your house a little something extra – it also helps to identify the house and make it stand out from your neighbours.
- Clear the driveway
Especially if you’re in a property with lots of trees surrounding it that gets covered in leaves through the autumn months, clearing your driveway will make the place look much more attractive and only takes a couple of minutes to do.
This also applies to any clutter that you might have at the front of the property too, which can be an eyesore for anyone passing by. Try to keep your driveway clear and only used for what it’s designed for – to offer space for parking. This will also help to make the space look bigger, which will automatically make the place look more desirable.
- Maintain any greenery
One of the biggest reasons that people get put off a property from the outside is due to overgrown hedges or lawns which make a home look uncared for. Spending some time pruning the area will make it look much more attractive and won’t cost too much if you’re willing to put the time in.
For those who don’t want to do this themselves or are unable to, you can look at hiring a gardener to tackle the growth and then maintaining it. This will make a huge difference to the front of your property, and especially if you’re looking to sell it will reassure any potential buyers that the house is being looked after.
Improving the exterior of your home can be done on any budget and will give you great results in no time at all!