It’s officially tax season, and many homeowners are looking to use their returns to spruce up their homes. In 2018, the IRS processed about 155 million individual taxpayer returns, and income taxes alone make up over $1.6 trillion. With an average tax return of $2,535, you may not be able to do a ton on your home, but there’s a decent number of projects that can really boost your curb appeal on a budget.
Here are five ways you can use your tax return this year to kick your curb appeal up a notch.
1. Trim bushes and trees (as needed)
When it comes to curb appeal, you’re looking for ways to improve the outside of your home and that includes the parts of your property that are visible from the sidewalk. If you have trees that are looking a little worse for wear with broken branches, and your bushes are overgrown, it’s a good idea to use your tax return to hire tree trimming services. Tree trimming services can remove dead or diseased tree limbs so your trees not only look good but feel good, too. Tree trimming services may also be able to shape your bushes, but if you’re looking to save some money there, you can DIY your hedges. Trees are more susceptible to disease, which is why it’s better to have an expert handle that part of the process.
2. Pressure-wash your siding
The home remodeling market is currently worth $450 billion, but you don’t need to drop serious cash to make your home glow. In fact, professional pressure washing services typically only cost $400. Pressure washing helps to remove layers of dirt that’s accumulated along the side of your home. Giving your siding a good scrub down is a great way to increase your curb appeal without doing any construction.
3. Replace your home’s hardware
Your kitchen isn’t the only place where replacing your hardware can add some serious value at a fraction of the cost of a remodel. The outside of your home has its own hardware that could use some elbow grease. Consider updating your front door locksets and doorknobs, doorbells, light fixtures, house numbers, and even your mailbox. These smaller elements might not seem like they add a lot to your curb appeal, but you’d be surprised by the visual interest they can bring when you replace them.
4. Give your landscaping some visual interest
Speaking of visual interest, if trees and shrubs are the only landscaping you have in your yard, consider adding some more elements such as flower beds or a stone path. Lining your flower beds or even your sidewalk with stone elements instantly elevates your curb appeal and adds a more natural look to your lawn. You can even show off some of your personality by incorporating a sculpture, birdbath, or wind chimes into your landscaping, too.
5. Upgrade your fence
If your home has a fence in the front yard, consider using your tax return to spruce it up a little. Patch any holes that have appeared over the years and give it a fresh coat of paint. If your fence looks a little too beaten up, it may be a better idea to consider replacing it altogether.
Your tax return may not give you a big chunk of change, but if you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, the extra money can definitely help. Try out some of the tips above to fix up your home this year without breaking the bank.