Poor curb appeal deters potential buyers and reduces the asking price of your property. Though many of the changes are merely cosmetic, they catch a buyer's eye and adds to the perceived value of your home. Try these five simple upgrades and you'll see not only an increase in the number of people who want to see the property, but an increase in what they are willing to pay.

  1. Make The Home Stand Out: There are two things that people notice when they pull up to the curb in front of your house: the mailbox and the house numbers. If your mailbox is freestanding on the side of the road, the elements dull the paint and make it look old after only a couple of years. A new mailbox costs less than $100, and takes less than an hour to install. New house numbers allow people to more easily identify the home, and gives it a modern appearance.
  2. Add Some Life: Plants add a sense of comfort and style to the exterior of the home, and make it feel liveable. You don't have to spend a fortune to add plants and increase the home's curb appeal. Window boxes are ideal for colorful flower displays, while the front stoop is a great place to add some medium sized potted plants.
  3. Pay Attention To The Door: As the gateway to the home, the door serves as the focal point for the front of the house. Over time the door gets scratched and the paint chips, leaving it looking less than ideal. Spruce up the front door with a coat of paint or a refinish, and complete the job by making the door glass shine.
  4. Give The Exterior A Facelift: Though painting the entire exterior of your home would be expensive, it generally costs less than $100 to update the trim and shutters. A fresh coat of paint makes these exterior accents pop, so even a home that's decades old looks like new.
  5. Don't Discount A Trim: Don't let a poorly maintained lawn undermine all of your other efforts to upgrade the home's curb appeal. High grass and unkempt trees give a home a rundown appearance, often making it look abandoned. This step is especially important if you plan to live in another location while you wait for the home to sell. You'll need to trim bushes and trees so nothing touches the home's exterior, while you keep the grass around two inches high.

You only get one chance to make a first impression, and you can't afford a poor impression when you try to sell your home. A little bit of effort goes a long way when you want to increase your home's curb appeal, but the returns you get are worth thousands of dollars.