Try these quick, inexpensive home improvements to boost your home’s curb appeal in no time.
10. Update the Front Door
There are several steps you can take to update your front door. For starters, if the paint on the door is cracked and peeling, a fresh coat of paint will brighten things up a bit.
Or, if the paint is just fine, but you want to liven things up even more, you can change the color altogether and go for a bold look. Just make sure it doesn’t clash with the color of your home.
Something else to consider is replacing old or tarnished doorknobs with newer ones. And, if it comes down to it, you might need to get an entirely new door altogether.
TIP: Making sure the entryway is clean will also help to improve the front door. You can do this by sweeping the main walk and steps, wiping down the door and window inset (if you have one), and washing the welcome mat.
9. Mow the Lawn
There’s nothing worse than seeing a beautiful home with a lawn that looks like it hasn’t been mowed since the house was built. It doesn’t take much time or money (if you already own a lawnmower, that is, which more than likely you do) to cut the grass. Not only will your yard look better, but cutting the grass helps keep pests out of your home.
- Make sure you trim the bushes.
- Artificially green your lawn with spray paint specially formulated for grass. It’s both non-toxic and environmentally safe.
8. Clean the Windows
Washing the windows won’t only make your house look better on the outside. It also lets more sunlight inside, which can benefit you, your pets, and your plants.
Don’t only wash the windows. Pay close attention to the windowsills and shutters as well. If need be, add a fresh coat of paint to the shutters if they look worn after washing them. Lastly, take care of those window screens, too.
BobVila.com recommends rinsing them with plain water, then spraying them with a vinegar and water solution, and rinsing them again with plain water. Make sure you let them dry thoroughly before putting them back on the windows.
7. Illuminate Walkways
Give your home some nighttime curb appeal with landscape lighting. You can use these lights to illuminate walkways and trees and improve safety, especially if you live in a rural area where lighting can be poor at night.
- Save yourself some money on energy costs and invest in solar landscape lighting.
- Don’t get carried away with the lighting. A neighbor of mine had so many solar lights in their front yard it looked like a landing strip. Do yourself (and your neighbors) a favor and only add subtle lighting.
6. Wash the Exterior
Just as you need to clean the interior of your home, you need to clean the outside as well. You’d be amazed at how washing the exterior can brighten up dull colors. It could even eliminate the need for a new coat of paint.
If you’re worried about scrubbing the paint off, you can always use a hose with a spray nozzle to get at the dirt and dust. If, however, your home requires heavy-duty cleaning, you can power wash it. If you don’t own a pressure washer, you can rent one from a home improvement store.
5. Update the Outdoor Light Fixtures
There are a couple of ways to update your outdoor (e.g., front door and garage) light fixtures:
1. Remove the outdated ones and replace them with new, modern fixtures
2. Paint or spray-paint old fixtures.
Now, let’s talk about option #1: According to an article published by HGTV, Stephen Boehler, owner of Mr. Handyman of NE Monmouth County in New Jersey, says that homeowners often have great success removing outdated front doors or garage light fixtures.
According to Boehler, it is important to “make sure the breaker inside the electric panel is shut off for where the light is being installed” before removing any light fixture. He also mentioned not to touch any wires; you need to test them with a live-wire testing device.
If, however, you’re on a budget, option #2 is something you may want to consider. Cindy Lin, general manager and founder of Staged4More Home Staging in South San Francisco, told HGTV that painting or spray-painting your old fixtures are something you can do for a fraction of the cost of replacing them with new ones.
“If you have outdated light fixtures like 1980s gold, the quickest fix is to paint the light fixture black,” she says.
4. Makeover Your Mailbox
Give your mailbox a makeover with a colorful splash of paint, or replace it with a new one altogether. Coordinating your mailbox with your locksets, porch lights and other hardware can also add to your home’s curb appeal.
Whatever you decide to do with your mailbox, just make sure you follow USPS regulations. For example, keep the path to your mailbox clear, avoid using unyielding and potentially dangerous supports, like heavy metal pipes, concrete posts and farm equipment. Also, make sure any custom-built boxes meet the Postmaster General’s (PMG) standards.
3. Add Seating
Adding seating (chairs, benches, swings, etc.) to your yard or front porch can create an inviting, welcoming space to relax or gather with a loved one or two. Just make sure your furniture is made specifically for outdoor use — in other words, it needs to be weather resistant.
TIP: New furniture can sometimes be expensive, so to avoid breaking the bank, shop for your outdoor seating at flea markets or consignment shops. You’re sure to find some charming pieces in good condition for a great price.
2. Declutter the Yard
Keeping your entire yard (lawn, driveways, walkways, etc.) free of clutter should really be the first step you take when adding curb appeal to your home. With all of the other improvements, you won’t make a difference if your yard is still a mess.
That being said, make sure you pick up any tools, forgotten newspapers, kids’ toys, water hoses, excessive garden ornaments, junk cars and any other unsightly messes, and put them somewhere out of sight or remove them from the premises altogether.
1. Hide Power Meters
Those unsightly but highly useful utility boxes can easily stand out and take away from your home’s curb appeal. Thankfully, there’s something you can do about that that doesn’t involve removing the boxes altogether.
Here it goes: grab some leftover exterior paint and apply it to the boxes, preferably in the same color as your house, so everything blends. Just make sure you apply a thin coat of rust-preventing primer first.