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If you’re trying to sell your home, take a step back and try to view it from a potential buyer’s point of view. First impressions are important, so make sure your home’s curb appeal is top notch! Sprucing things up does not have to cost a fortune – these 6 tips will drastically improve your home’s appearance, for under $50.

1. Replace your Welcome Mat
One of the first things people will see when coming up to your home is your welcome mat. A tattered, or dirty welcome is not exactly a nice first impression. A tidy, clean mat in front of your door will instantly make your front porch look nicer, and usually costs less than $30.

2. Maintain the Lawn and Garden
The state of your lawn says a lot about how well you take care of your home. If the lawn is overgrown and there are weeds in all the planters, it makes people think are there things being overlooked inside the home? As a Vancouver Mortgage Broker, I can tell you that if you are trying to sell your home, a dishevelled looking yard will be a huge turn off for potential buyers. Fortunately, you probably already own a lawnmower and gardening tools, so this tip won’t cost you anything (other than a little time and elbow grease!)

3. Update the Light Fixtures
When was the last time you really looked at your porch lights? If your home isn’t new, it’s likely that these lights are rusty or have at least seen better days. Stylish, modern lights can easily be purchased online or at your local hardware store. A set of lights will usually cost less than $50, and are very easy to install.

4. Jazz Up the Front Door
Your front door gets used every single day, so it’s bound to have some wear and tear! Giving your front door a mini makeover is one of the easiest, and most effective ways to improve curb appeal. All you need to do is apply a fresh coat of paint, in the same or a new colour ($30 / gallon) and replace the door handle and lock ($20). For about $50 the front of your home will look completely refreshed.

5. Add a Café Table and Chairs
There are few things more inviting than a couple of chairs on the front porch of a home. Even if your home has a very narrow deck, a simple café table and chairs can often fit perfectly. Any first time home buyers who see your deck like this, will automatically be imaging themselves living there and relaxing on the front deck.  

6. Upgrade Your Address Plate
Because you know your own address, you probably never even glance at your own address plate. More likely than not, the address plate is the original one that has been there ever since you purchased the home. Taking a look at the plate you’ll probably notice cracks, chipping paint, cobwebs, and dirt. Yuck! Plus, if your home is a little older, the style of your address numbers can really show the home’s age. Getting new address numbers can make your home appear much more modern, and are not expensive at all. There are many fonts to choose from, and numbers can be found for less than $5 each.