Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Easy Curb Appeal Fixes That Won't Break the Bank

Easy Curb Appeal Fixes That Won't Break the Bank

You Don't Have to Spend a Fortune to Grab the Buyers' Attention

Easy curb appeal FixesWe all know that curb appeal gets buyers in the front door. Once they are inside the home may grab them and they may make an offer. So what can a seller do to get that curb appeal that won't break the bank?


Spiff Up the Front Door

Clean, fresh paint on the front door is like wearing clean, polished shoes. You will be judged. Clean your door first and then add a new coat of paint. Even try a new color. It is okay to be a little bold and catch a little attention but make sure it compliments the rest of the outside. If you have time, you may want to touch up the shutters too. Make sure the hardware looks in good condition and if not replace it. This is a small investment but will make a world of difference.

A Pretty Wreath

Adding a touch of seasonal color will perk up the front entrance and extend greetings to your prospective home buyers and make them feel welcome. You can find one at a local craft or home improvement store.


Planters and Flowers

Add flowers to your planters and containers and mulch beds. This bit of color will make your home stand out at the curb. Everyone loves flowers and the care and accent they give to the home. Keep them watered and dead blooms pinched back.

Good Lighting

Make sure you have good lighting on the front porch. If that means you need to replace the fixture, do it. Adding some solar landscape lighting will give a nice effect also. 

Clean Your Walkway, Drive and Porch

A little power washing can make a world of difference and make them look like new. The outside elements leave dirt and grime behind and over time they discolor and make these look dingy. If you don't have a power washer, rent one or use a power nozzle on your garden hose and some cleaner. It will be worth it.

Don't Forget the Landscaping

Clean out the shrub beds, trim shrubs and mow the lawn. While you are selling be diligent and do not let it get overgrown and tall. Everyone loves a neat and well-cared for lawn.

Consider Flying a Flag

It works in my area and may in yours too. Flying an American flag looks good and grabs attention. It's not just for patriotic holidays either.


These easy curb appeal fixes won't break the bank. Many you can do yourself or with a little help from your friends. The investment will pay off with getting home buyers in the front door with a smile on their faces and an open mind. Who knows, the next step may be an offer.


For Clarksville TN Real Estate and more advice on selling your home, contact Debbie Reynolds, Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent at 931-320-6730.

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Comment balloon 27 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 27 2016 06:24PM


Excellent list any home seller (or prospective home seller) should print out and follow!

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) almost 3 years ago

So true Debbie, there are many inexpensive things to do to make a home look good to a potential buyer.

Posted by Noah Seidenberg, Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917 (Coldwell Banker) almost 3 years ago

Thank you Susan Haughton. Taking a few extra steps pays off with an offer.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago

Hi Noah Seidenberg, it is mostly elbow grease and adding some color. It appeals to the emotions of the buyers. 

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago


Your post on quick and easy fix up and curb appeal . . . . is right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 3 years ago

Good tips Debbie, something that I need to remind the crew of as the snow starts to melt in then next few weeks.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 3 years ago

Great tips Debbie.  First impressions are crticial.

Posted by Matthew Klinowski, PA, Golf Community Real Estate Specialist (Downing-Frye) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Debbie. You're given lots of good advice for anyone considering selling in the future. Very well done post!

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Debbie. The inside will not matter if the outside is not inviting! Enjoy you day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) almost 3 years ago

This is very good advice for home sellers. We just had some masonry work done to make our front entrance more attractive.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) almost 3 years ago

Hi Debbie.  Great list.  As you said it doesn't take a lot of money to have great curb appeal.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) almost 3 years ago

Great advice, Debbie.  Buyers who have that great first impression will be much more likely to like the rest of the home.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 3 years ago

I love the post. I will share it with others. Thank you for the tips.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 3 years ago

Good Morning Debbie,

These are pointers that should be followed as they are cheap and are proven to be effective.

Great job putting them together,

Posted by Maria Gilda Racelis, Home Ownership is w/in Reach. We Make it Happen! (Home Buyers Realty, LLC-Manchester, Bolton. Vernon,Ellington) almost 3 years ago

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN is the magic word! When a house sparkles, buyers can see it better.  A few plants and a beautiful front door are also welcome signs!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) almost 3 years ago

Good advice!  My stager always recommends two containers with colorful flowers on either side of the steps or front door.  Most of the time, the front door needs painting, too, and sometimes new hardware.  First impressions matter.

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 3 years ago

Good morning Debbie. This is wonderful. Some time and a little effort is worth the investment.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 3 years ago

Great ideas Debbie. As Realtors, we don't want buyers to dismiss an opportunity because they won't get out of the car...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) almost 3 years ago

Debbie, this is an excellent list and you're right there are lots of things sellers can do very inexpensively to make their homes curb appeal a 10.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) almost 3 years ago

Hi Debbie - Excellent advice for sellers who want to make a great first impression - it's an investment with big returns.

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Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) almost 3 years ago

Your list is great advice for any seller, Debbie.  Have a great week! 

Posted by Dana Tapia, Gulf Coast Real Estate Professionals (Re/Max of Orange Beach) almost 3 years ago

I like the flag idea. The 2 that work great here in San Diego are: American Flag due to us being a military town and in certain neighborhoods, the Gay Pride Flag flies abundantly and helps sales in those areas; CA and especially San Diego being very GLBT friendly.

Posted by Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor, ePRO, CRS, RCS-D, & Host of Postcards From Success Podcast (Big Block Realty 858.232.8722) almost 3 years ago

Hi Debbie Reynolds ,  Very nice blog.  Everyone likes to have a nice looking home and save money too.  They may even gat a better offer on the home.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) almost 3 years ago

Buyers sense that if the outside is not kept well, the inside may not be much better.  I have had clients not want to get out of the car because the outside was rough

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 3 years ago

These are all easy and inexpensive ideas that will payoff big. Great post, Debbie. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 3 years ago


I stopped back to bookmark post.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 3 years ago

Thank you all for the support and the good comments.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) almost 3 years ago