Many homeowners feel an attractive exterior is just as important as a comfortable interior. Curb appeal can help a home get noticed in a bustling real estate market and can contribute to the aesthetics of a neighborhood.

Homeowners do not have to spend a fortune to improve their home’s curb appeal. With these strategies, anyone’s home can take on a more appealing look.

Clean Up

Cleaning up the yard and home’s exterior is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to give the place a makeover. Cut back overgrown shrubs, plants and trees.

Make sure the front door is clearly visible and that any walkways are edged and accessible. Store garbage pails behind a barrier and keep trash out of sight. Store children’s toys in the backyard rather than strewn on the front lawn.

Spruce Up The Lawn

A well-manicured lawn can go a long way to making a home more appealing. For a homeowner who doesn’t have a green thumb, consider hiring a lawn and garden service to help establish a lush, green lawn.

Dress To Impress

The entryway is the first thing visitors see. Be sure the front door and entryway are in good repair. A pop of color can’t hurt, either. If the idea of painting the door a vivid hue isn’t appealing, dress it up with a colorful wreath or another decorative accent. Welcoming accents, such as cushioned chairs or potted plants, also add curb appeal. Consider painting house numbers on a terra-cotta pot and filling it with plants. The pot will be decorative and functional.

Rely On Symmetry

Symmetry is pleasing to the eye and easy to arrange. Use it to frame the entryway and throughout the property. Symmetrical use of lighting fixtures, plants, trees and decorative items really can have an impact.

Don’t Forget Lighting

Outdoor lighting adds appeal and safety to a property. Use lighting to accent a special landscaping feature or to illuminate a walkway. Few people enjoy approaching a dark home, and outdoor lighting can ensure the property always is well lit.