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Boost Curb Appeal Without Emptying Your Bank Account

Boost Curb Appeal Without Emptying Your Bank Account

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June 23, 2010

Are you uneasy about the housing market? Many homeowners have used the slump in sales to invest in improving their home so they're poised for success when there's a rebound. Even if you can't afford big-scale additions or home renovations, there are ways to spiff up your home now so it stands apart from the competition.

Some projects are simple enough to complete on your own, while others may require assistance from a qualified contractor. For around two or three hundred dollars you can upgrade your landscaping, presenting would-be buyers with eye candy. For between $2,000 and $7,000, you can really dress up your home with the help of a landscaping or a painting contractor.

Quick and Affordable Home Renovations

If you don't have major structural problems, or have addressed the major issues in your home and are ready to enter the market, here are several winning ideas:

  • The Entry. Add a new, custom door that looks secure and inviting, and consider new light fixtures for the entry. Contractors may be willing to negotiate reduced prices for doing the work in this economy.
  • Dress for Success. New, attractive door hardware, a new walkway, lively flowerbeds, and a well-groomed green lawn can shout a warm welcome to all passersby. If you can't afford a new walkway, consider new low-voltage walkway lighting, new pavers, or hardscape (statues, decorative touches).
  • Finish Your Windows. Call in a contractor (if you need help) and install attractive shutters or flower boxes on your windows.

Thinking small doesn't mean you're a cheapskate. A relatively modest investment now can bring great returns when you sell.

About the author: Woodrow Aames has written articles and profiles for Yahoo, Microsoft Network, Microsoft Encarta, and other websites and print magazines around the world. He holds an MFA degree and has taught English abroad.

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