Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: Low Cost Tips for Good Curb Appeal

Low Cost Tips for Good Curb Appeal

A Little Bit of Money in the Right Places Can Produce Great Returns

Easy curb appeal Fixes

The first showing is now done on the Internet. The second showing is produced when the buyer drives by to check out the neighborhood or schedules a showing to see inside. But what if the real thing is not what it looked like in the pictures?

The curb appeal is vital to get buyers in the front door. Once inside, the real buying takes place. Emotions kick in and discussions about how the buyers will make it their own begin. Here are some low cost curb appeal tips that won't break the bank and assure you that buyers will want to look a little deeper.


Make the Front Door Look Fresh

Clean it or apply a fresh coat of paint. It there are dents, fix them. Add new hardware if needed and make sure the key works easily in the lock. If you have a storm or screen door, Make sure it operates correctly and that the screen isn't torn.

Place a Pretty Wreath

Adding a little color with a seasonal wreath will perk up the front entrance and extend a warm greeting. These can be found at your local craft or home improvement store.


Planters and Flowers

Spring is at hand so planting a few flowers around the front steps or in planters will brighten the entry. This offers a nice framework to the front door and will show up from the street. No matter the time of year, you can find something in season to put in some natural color.

Check Your Lighting

Porches need good lighting and a pretty fixture is immediately noticed. Solar landscape lighting will give a nice effect, light the pathway and will be appreciated by buyers. 

Clean Your Concrete Walkway, Driveway and Porch

In you have concrete, clean it. Put the children's riding toys away, roll the trash can out of sight. If you have siding, clean it and make it sparkle. Make sure gutters are snug against the house and not full of leaves. Declutter the porch.

Neatly Trimmed Landscaping

Clean out the shrub beds, trim shrubs and mow the lawn. Your shrubbery is not to block the house but enhance it. A rich and thick lawn is noticed by buyers.

An American Flag

I work in a military area and these displays of patriotism are so appreciated. Placing a flag on the front porch or front of the house will make your house stand out. It catches the attention of buyers and sometimes they don't know why.


These tips will help get buyers in the front door. Remember the first showing is through the photos you place on the Internet. None of these tips will cost a bunch of money but they are guaranteed to make a difference. Getting buyers in the door is the prerequisite to getting 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 14 commentsDebbie Reynolds • March 12 2018 11:24PM


Debbie all good points, here in my market sellers that get the idea wash their driveway before an open house to look crisp and some even wash the outside of their homes if they live near a busy street where it gets dusty, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 4 months ago

These are great tips for home sellers. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 4 months ago

Good morning Debbie.  These are great tips for those selling their homes.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 4 months ago

Good afternoon Debbie - This is the least expensive and should not be overlooked.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 4 months ago

Excellent list of suggestions. These days buyers have usually made up their mind whether or not they like the house before they walk through the door and curb appeal is a huge help with that first impression.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) 4 months ago

This is excellent advice to share with prospective home sellers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 4 months ago

Good morning, Debbie Reynolds we all know "the eye buys" and we want those eyes to be attracted to what they initially see.... curb appeal is the key to opening the front door....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 2 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

Curb appeal is the key to having someone say I want to see this house. Barbara Todaro is right the "eye buys." Excellent list of suggestions for sellers to ready their home for market.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) 2 months ago

Good Morning Debbie Reynolds,

All great tips! What caught my eye was your intro paragraph. 

"The first showing is now done on the Internet. The second showing is produced when the buyer drives by to check out the neighborhood or schedules a showing to see inside. But what if the real thing is not what it looked like in the pictures?"

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) 2 months ago

Mmmm...that basket of flowers...wreath on the door...easy to do and such great eye candy !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 2 months ago

Good morning Debbie. This is so good, focused and specific. Could be a handout.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 2 months ago

Debbie, you did a great job with this post, and hope your homeowners in the area take note! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 2 months ago

Debbie  an outstanding job on providing curb appeal tips for marketing your home.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker) 2 months ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I was glad to see Roy Kelley re-blogg your post. I did read it before but its and excellent read sellers should follow because it spells out valuable tips for achieving the right curb appeal to attract buyers! 

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 1 month ago