First impressions last. This is true for everything from first dates to job interviews to selling your San Antonio home. While many sellers focus on the interior of their houses, you should never underestimate the value of a curb appeal. After all, you want to invite buyers inside. Even though buyers seek out Stone Oak living, poor curb appeal could make them turn tail and run to another property. Luckily, there are several cheap and easy ways to increase your curb appeal right now.

Easy Ways to Increase Your Curb Appeal

A Good Pressure Washing

Increase Your Curb Appeal - Search homes for sale in the San Antonio areaWe all know that you need to deep clean the inside of your San Antonio home. But the same goes for the outside. One simple, easy way to increase your curb appeal is to pressure wash your siding, brick, or stucco to remove any dirt buildup. Also, pressure wash the driveway and walkways so that any moss or grime disappears from sight.

Mulch Magic and Drought-Tolerant Plants

Increase your curb appeal right now by adding mulch to your flower beds. They maintain water, add nutrients to the soil, and keep weeds at bay. Don't forget that the San Antonio's Solid Waste Management Department is accepting recycled Christmas trees at several facilities around the City over the next two weekends. They plan on turning these trees into free mulch for the public while supplies last.

Drought-tolerant plants also provide a lovely touch. While succulents like artichoke agave, yucca, and cow tongue prickly pear very little water to maintain, you can also add beautiful color with some drought-tolerant flowering plants. American Beautyberry bursts with purple berries in the fall. Monarch butterflies love orange Antelope Horn Milkweed. Birds love to dine on the berries of the Barbados Cherry plant. Several varieties of roses require very low amounts of water to maintain their beauty.

Bold and Beautiful Front Door Color

We're seeing a lot of bold colors added to front doors in the Stone Oak area. It's also another way to increase your curb appeal. Navy blue, teal, deep red, and even black replace the standard tan, brown or white of the past. And at just $25 to $30 per gallon, it's an extremely inexpensive way to make a huge impact on buyers.

Brand New Welcome Mat

It doesn't take long for a welcome mat to look less welcoming. Believe it or not, simply laying down a brand new welcome mat adds tons of curb appeal to your San Antonio home instantly.

Pretty Planters Framing the Front Door

Finally, increase your curb appeal by placing two symmetrical planters at your front door. Put one on either side to naturally draw the eye of anyone who approaches your San Antonio home. Plant any of the flowering drought-tolerant plants I discussed above to either one to add extra interest.

All of these simple, easy ways to increase your curb appeal right now take less than a couple hundred dollars to accomplish. And you only need a couple hours at the most to complete any of these projects. The finished product will be eye-catching for potential buyers. When you're ready to put your San Antonio home on the market, please contact me.

LUX Move Up* by Christine Aldrete Banks, CRS, SRS, RSPS