How to Add Curb Appeal With Just One Weekend of Hard Work

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Selling your home is an endeavor that takes a lot of planning and work, but that doesn’t mean you have the time available to do so. If you’re narrowing down your list of what work needs to be done to your home, keep the exterior of your home towards the top. Curb appeal is a major factor in what’s going to make your house stand out against others on the market, and you don’t need to do a whole lot to get it looking nice. Before you dive deep into the real estate process, find time during one of these upcoming weekends to make some upgrades that will help you sell your home faster and for a great price. 

Clean Up any Junk and Debris

The first thing that should be on your list of prepping your home to sell is cleaning up the outside from top to bottom. Get rid of any clutter like children’s toys, lawn supplies, debris such as leaves and twigs, and anything else that doesn’t serve a purpose. Once you get the basics done, then you can move onto some more fun projects that will give your home a fresh and updated look.

Powerwash and Paint

You’d be surprised at how dirty a house can get, especially if you live somewhere with a lot of precipitation and weather changes. Power washing the house from top to bottom will help get out all of the dirt and grime that is deeply ingrained into the siding, windows, shutters, and front porch. If you don’t own a power washer and don’t know anyone who does, you can rent one for the day from the Home Depot or your local hardware store. Call ahead to see what’s available and for some insight on which would work best for your house. 

After power washing, if the house is still looking somewhat drab, then maybe consider doing some painting. Painting the entire exterior of your home can be a time-consuming and difficult project, but you can focus on the little things. Some easier places to paint include pillars, shutters, and doors. 

Fix the Lawn Up

Grass doesn’t grow overnight, but there are ways to make your lawn look more lively. Start by getting rid of any weeds, mowing, and adding new seed to areas that are looking a little dead. Then, come up with a plan to treat the areas that are more stubborn or that don’t get a lot of sun. Instead of mulling over how to make grass grow there, use the space for something else like plants that don’t require a lot of sun or some sort of decoration. 

Be creative! Consider adding a firepit or table and chairs near an area where grass isn’t cooperating. 

Add Some Flowers and Pops of Color

Make your home more inviting by adding in some flowers and plants that will brighten the exterior of your home. For many parts of the country approaching the autumn season, consider flowers like mums that thrive in the fall. If you don’t have time to plant a flower garden, add some pots and hanging plants to fill in any dull spots.


Selling your home is an exciting thing to do, but it can come with a lot of stress. If you’re buying as well, look into a home affordability calculator to see what you can afford before you make a bunch of exterior renovations to your current home. Once your set, pick a weekend and get moving on some of the ideas mentioned above.


About The Author: Julia AldrichJulia is a full-time graphic and web designer at Madwire, a marketing company in Fort Collins, Colorado. She attended the University of Pittsburgh where she received a degree in psychology and creative reading. She is proficient in Adobe Creative Suite as well as HTML5, CSS, and some Javascript!
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