A few weeks back, I told you about which home improvement projects you could invest your tax refund in. If you plan on selling your Lake Havasu home sometime soon, you'll also want to pump up your curb appeal. After all, this is the first view most buyers will have of your home. You need it to "wow" them. Fortunately, you won't have to spend a small fortune to make a great impression. In fact, you can do most of these things for less than $100. Here are a few quick tips to increase your Lake Havasu curb appeal.

It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg to increase your Lake Havasu home's curb appeal. In fact, most of these quick tips cost less than $100 to complete.

Quick Tips to Increase Your Lake Havasu Curb Appeal

A Little Paint Goes a Long Way

Search Lake Havasu homes for saleDoes the exterior of your Havasu home look a little worse for wear? You don't have to spend thousands to paint the entire home. Increase your curb appeal by simply painting the trim in a color that complements the existing house color. Perk up your mailbox with a fresh coat of paint as well. Go around and touch up the paint where it's been worn off in smaller areas around the house, too. For a $35 to $50 investment in paint, your Lake Havasu home will look like it got a complete facelift.

Front Porch Sweet Spot

The next quick tip for increasing your curb appeal involves your front porch. Add a nice seating area right outside your front door. This creates a feeling of warmth and welcome to all who enter. If you don't have an actual porch that will allow a couple of rocking chairs and a table, set up a simple bench. Add a couple of pillows in a weather-resistant material for a pop of color. A flowering succulent also adds a nice homey touch.

Pay Attention to the Landscaping

Now, this curb appeal quick tip won't cost you a dime. Trim back your shrubbery. Make sure there's a clear path to your front door. Keep windows clear of overgrowth. Maintain a clear path to the front. You don't want buyers beating back the brush when they're trying to enter your home. And watch out for weeds. Pull them regularly to maintain a nicely manicured yard.

Store Your "Stuff" 

Finally, let's address all of your "stuff". You already know that one of the top things to do inside when getting ready to sell your Havasu home is to clear the clutter. But that extends to the outside of your house as well. Place your garbage and recycling bins on the side of your home, preferably behind the fence. But what about the air conditioning unit or the pool equipment? Plant a flowering desert bush like Langman's sage or Emu bush in front of them. Or, place plants in pretty pots all around to hide them. Yes, buyers will still know these things are there. But, this way, they don't have them staring them right in the face. It's just a little camouflage. And store all bikes, toys, and tools neatly on the shelves in your garage or in a storage shed.

You'll only have one chance to make a good first impression. Take the time to increase your curb appeal so Lake Havasu buyers will take notice. It doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg either. Then, when you're ready to list it, contact me.

Suzan James, Havasu Realty, for all your Lake Havasu real estate needs