For motivated buyers or window shoppers, a home’s curb appeal is what sets it apart. But how do you give your home the edge without breaking the bank?

Jannette Fleck, sales associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stein & Summers Real Estate, says it’s important to look at your home through a buyer’s eyes.

“The front of your home is going to be on all the media,” she says. “And the condition of the front of the house is so important because it gives (buyers) an idea of the inside.”

According to, 88 percent of home buyers begin their process online, so photos of an enticing exterior are a must to get prospective buyers interested.

Getting your exterior fresh for those picture-perfect photos doesn’t have to cost a fortune either, Fleck says.

“A good coat of paint on the front door is inexpensive, but makes a big difference,” she explains.

With most paint priced around $25 to $30 a gallon, painting shutters, trim and steps also can make a valuable impact, she adds.

Fresh plantings, new mulch, sidewalk edging, hedge trimming and filling in your lawn’s bare spots can help as well.

Look at the task as if you were getting your home “party ready,” she says. Pick up unnecessary items in front of and around the house, clean windows and knock down cobwebs. recommends keeping curtains and blinds even and open. A fresh wreath, new doormat, mailbox (starting around $20) and house numbers (anywhere from $2 a number and up) also can help to boost curb appeal.

And, Fleck adds, if there’s room left in the budget, consider power washing your driveway and having unsightly cracks filled.