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Whether you’re selling your home or just looking to make a few changes to your exterior, evaluating your curb appeal is a great place to start. Most homeowners can easily find a few areas where they can improve to make their home look it’s best.
Though there are plenty of major projects you can complete to improve the exterior of your home, not everyone has the budget for a complete overhaul. That’s OK! Here are a few budget-friendly ideas you can use to boost your curb appeal.
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What Is Curb Appeal?
You may have heard the term thrown around before, but do you know what curb appeal is? Think of it as a first impression of your home. Neighbors, visitors and even potential buyers can get a sense of your style and the upkeep of your home. For many who are trying to sell their home, curb appeal plays a large factor in a buyer’s decision. If a buyer doesn’t like the way it looks from the street, it’s likely they will pass your home up, even if you have the latest and greatest inside.
“Curb appeal, or that initial feeling that homeowners get when looking at the exterior of a home, is important when selecting a house to buy,” Ben Hamza, director of technical operations at TruGreen, said. “In fact, 71% of homeowners surveyed in the TruGreen Home Features Report said curb appeal was important in choosing their home. Seventy-one percent of the homeowners asked reported purchasing a home with a healthy, green lawn and 72% reported buying a home with well-maintained landscaping.”
If your home needs some work, don’t get overwhelmed. There are plenty of improvements you can make on a budget. Here are some areas to focus on that will really make a difference:
- Cleaning Walkway & Siding
- Sprucing Up the Front Door
- Updating Light Fixtures
- Front Porch Décor
- Upgrading the Mailbox
Curb Appeal Landscaping Projects
Improving your landscaping is one of the most important things you can do to boost your curb appeal. While you might have the best looking front porch on the block, a yard that is undermaintained and lacks color can take away from all of your other efforts.
Here are some projects that Hamza suggests for those sticking to a budget of under $100:
- Clean up the yard. Put away unused items, like lawn furniture. Clear leaves and branches out from under shrubs, other plants and the house foundation. Make sure the lawn is free from debris and that grass clippings are not left on the driveway or sidewalk. Borrow or rent a power washer to clean off the driveway, steps, sidewalk and porch.
- Trim, prune and split where appropriate. Overgrown plants can block light from getting inside the house, and they make the house and yard look unkempt. Trim shrubs, making sure to remove dead branches. Get rid of dead or diseased plants in the landscape.
- Add new mulch. Mulch not only helps your plants, but it also gives garden beds a neat and tidy finish. Wood mulch comes in different colors, but to showcase your plants the most, consider a dark brown mulch. It resembles fresh, healthy soil, so your eyes are drawn toward the plant and not the mulch itself.
Front Door Décor
Does your front door stand out when looking at your home? As a welcoming entryway, it should! A great way to spruce up your front door is with a fresh coat of paint. Even a neutral color will make it look new again. But those who want their door to stand out should choose a bold color, such as red, yellow or blue.
To further improve the look of your door, try dressing it up with a wreath. There are many DIY options you can try if you’re decorating on a budget! For some inspiration, read Year-Round Wreath Ideas For Your Home.
Update Your Lighting
A simple lighting update can make all the difference and depending on the style you choose, can easily fit into your budget. Landscape lighting can really help highlight features in your yard as well as the exterior of your home. Of course, you can keep it simple by choosing a few upgrades for your front porch lights.
New House Numbers
It’s a small detail that you may not notice at first, but the way you display your house number is often one of the first ways people see and identify your house. So, old and cracked house numbers should be replaced. Depending on the style you choose, it could cost as little as $20, especially if you install them yourself.
Sleek steel house numbers are trendy right now. If you’re looking to add a pop of color, try painting plain colored house numbers to add a small detail that stands out.
Pressure Wash Your Walkway
A simple maintenance task that often gets forgotten about is cleaning your walkway. Stained and dirty concrete or brick can end up making your home look older than it really is. Pressure washing your walkway is a great way to make your brick or concrete look new again!
Upgrade Your Mailbox
If you have a mailbox that’s near the curb, it’s certainly a factor when looking to boost your curb appeal. Adding a fresh coat of paint to a mailbox or investing in a new one can significantly improve your curb appeal. However, before making any decorative changes to your mailbox, it’s a good idea to check the USPS guidelines on mailboxes.
Curb appeal is an important factor if you’re selling your home, or if you’re trying to make a good first impression. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make your house look fabulous. Try a few of these tricks to spruce up your home’s exterior.
Looking for more ideas to boost curb appeal? Read 4 Exterior Paint Colors That Will Enhance Curb Appeal.