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Want to boost your home's curb appeal before putting it up for sale?

Steven Davies, one of our recent clients from Point Cook, Melbourne, says the $200 to $300 he spent on garden mulch and plants was part of the secret sauce that helped him sell his house in just one week in 2019.

“That kind of freshened up the place,” Steve said. “Curb appeal is very important, especially when you sell. That’s the first thing people see."

"You can pick up a couple of bags of mulch and do it yourself with a shovel. Put a nice mailbox and a nice sign for your door ...These are inexpensive things people can do.” Along with those steps, he offers some basic sprucing up tips to clients putting their homes on the market.

“Power wash your driveway and walkway and your vinyl siding or brick siding,” he said. “It will give the house a nice pop.”

 

Here are other low-cost ways to give your house a nice facial:

 

Clean, trim and fix the little things: Just as cleaning, decluttering and replacing broken bulbs are musts when you stage your home for sale, so are pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn and trimming trees and bushes.

“When grass is growing out of the gutter, it’s time to clean the gutter,” according to Amar Thakkar, Black & White Real Estate's Sales Director, adding that sellers should also fix chipped paint, detached shutters, or holes created by woodpeckers.

 

Another rule: Trim or grow plants some distance from the house because they could cause termite and other damage if grown against it, he said. Don’t know what else might be off? Put a little distance between yourself and your house, by foot or even by car “and see if there’s something that jumps out at you and ask yourself, ‘Does this thing look in harmony? Does the colour match?’ That holistic view is very important,” Amar advised.

 

Front door: Giving the front door a new paint and colour is another easy way to enhance curb appeal, said Caroline Harmon, trends and style analyst for Jims. Popular colours currently include turquoise blue and a glossy black that’s “classic and makes a statement,” she said.

“It’s the main welcoming point to the house,” Amar said. “It’s one of the easiest and cheapest things to do.” The cost of painting a 3-foot-by-7-foot door is less than $50 if homeowners do it themselves. With hired labour, it costs up to $300, he said.

Don’t want to bother with that? Try updating doormats and add a wreath for every season, Jims Harmon said.

 

Magic of spray paint: Don’t have the budget to replace those tired-looking locksets, which can cost hundreds, or mailboxes and door signs? Here’s a simple trick. “Spray paint can go a long way” for inside and outside the house, said Rachel Hutchison, a professional stager. A can of spray paint costs about $6.50 to $9.50 at the low end. “Even if you have an old flower pot that looks beat up, spray-paint it so it looks new.”

 

Pop of colour: Placing potted plants at each entry point – the front stoop, walkway and next to garage doors – also helps curb appeal, Amar said.

“A little splash of colour can go a long way to create a positive feeling,” he said. “You want those points of contact where you are going to be on foot and right next to it.” It’s also a good idea to get plants that correspond to each season, he said.

Also, try placing three different planter sizes by the door. “It makes more of a statement,”.