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10 Ways to Get More Curb Appeal without Going Over Budget

These eye-catching tips are here to help you get that perfect first impression when someone walks up to your home for the first time. Our list will help you get ideas for how to charm up the front of your house.

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Whether or not you’re trying to sell your home this summer, curb appeal can help you make the right impression on everyone who walks up to your front door for the first time. These ideas can help you jazz up your covered porch or entryway, improve your front yard and make your home even more attractive at first glance.

1. Paint the Front Door

Painting your front door is a simple, easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your whole house. If your front door is in rough shape, painting it can make a huge difference in its appearance. And painting a front door is one of those DIY home projects that anyone can do. Use an app like Front Door Paint to try out different colors before you commit.

2. Switch Out Door Hardware

Now that you’ve painted your front door, it’s time to switch out the hardware. With fresh paint and new doorknobs, your front door will look brand new. For a budget-friendly option, simply remove your current door hardware and spray paint it with a paint designed for metal. No more contractor’s brass for you!

3. Hang New House Numbers

Large house numbers that are visible from the street do more than make your home look good. They’re also a safety feature. Imagine you need to call 911 – do you want the ambulance driver to have to drive up and down the street, peering at every doorway, trying to decide which house is yours? Good house numbers help emergency services, delivery men and repair technicians – as well as family and friends – find your house more easily. For added visibility, place them on a pole at the end of your driveway or walkway.

4. Upgrade Your Porch Lights

A new porch light can be a cheap way to dress up your front porch, and it’s an easy DIY project. Looking for cool front porch ideas that cost even less? Refresh the look of your existing porch light with a little elbow grease (to scrub the gunk off your existing light) and a can of spray paint to give it a whole new look. Use the same paint you used on your door hardware for a more cohesive look.

5. Add Pizzazz to Your Porch with Faux Tiles

Do you covet the look of a tiled front porch but not the cost? Create a budget-friendly version with concrete stain. You’ll need to clean the concrete surface and prime it for staining with some Quikrete BondLok or muriatic acid – make sure you use protective gear and keep the kids away during this step. Then, use tape to create the tile pattern and apply concrete stain in the color of your choice.

6. Increase the Charm with Planters

Planters can dial up the charm for every front porch, patio, walkway or front yard. A simple Google search will yield hundreds of cool DIY projects for container gardens and unique planters to fit every budget.

7. Plant Some New Beds

Flower beds are another way to add some color around your front door. Put in some new beds or spruce up existing beds with a fresh layer of mulch and a flat or two of bright, cheerful annuals or perennials. You’ll be surprised at how much a few pops of color can improve the look of your home’s exterior.

8. Give it a Good Cleaning

Pressure washing your front walkway, steps, porch, patio and siding can be a low-cost, but extremely effective, way to boost your home’s curb appeal. You can rent a pressure washer at your local hardware store or, if you have a friend or relative who can loan you one, you could get this job done for even less.

9. Put in a New Mailbox

A new mailbox can make those monthly bill deliveries a little easier to handle. A mailbox kit makes it easy to install a new, attractive mailbox post right over the top of your existing four-by-four post. Got one of those wall-mount mailboxes by the front door? Replace it with a locking model to keep your mail safe.

10. Hide the Eyesores

Every home has eyesores like electrical and cable boxes or air conditioning units stuck to one or more of its walls. Paint electrical and cable boxes the same color as your siding to help them blend in. You can easily camouflage an air conditioner with some wooden latticework panels or by planting a few shrubs in front of it. Just make sure you leave enough clearance so the shrubs don’t grow into the unit or clog it with leaves.

Your home only gets one chance to make a good first impression, so make the most of it. Whether you’re trying to sell or just want to show your pride in your house, prettying up your front porch and yard can really amp up your home’s curb appeal and boost your property value. 

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