Originally Posted by exmarkking
the trick is not to spend a fortune but it needs to look like you did.
To some extent, I agree, but the real trick is to get your web site found in the first place. This is where the DIY site builders consistently fail and user expectations result in frustration. I'd focus more time, self-education, and budget on this than I would on the visual aspect.
ag2112, if you're not doing anything until the Spring, spend as much time in the off-season learning what you can about on and off-page seo (especially local seo), content writing/shaping, and reading through previous posts in this forum. Cost? Zero dollars, so it's budget-friendly. You'll find the sweat equity is worth it and will allow you to confidently make the best decision to move forward with your web project.