curb appeal

Paint your front door a vibrant color to make a statement. ATTRIBUTION: Flickr – Spencer Means

When it comes to your home’s exterior, first impressions matter. Fortunately, there are many easy and inexpensive ways to boost your home’s curb appeal in just one weekend. As the facade of your home is the first thing visitors and passerby will see, I recommend above all else cleaning the siding, washing the windows, and sprucing up the landscape. Also try some budget-friendly projects to bring color and charm to your home’s exterior.

1. Paint the Front Door

Your front door is a main focal point of your home. Apply a fresh coat of paint to make a modern statement. To make your door pop, choose a vibrant paint color that creates contrast between the door and siding color. Also consider upgrading your door handle to a more elegant design or a unique metal, such as brass or copper.

2. Install Outdoor Lighting

Without adequate outdoor lighting, your home can appear dark and gloomy come evening. Replace tiny sconces with large hanging lanterns. Install recessed lighting in eaves to illuminate the perimeter of your property. If you don’t have electricity wired to the outside of your home, install solar lights instead. Solar lights are powered by the sun’s energy and require no electrical wiring to work.

3. Give Your Mailbox a Makeover

If your mailbox is showing its age, it may be time for a facelift. Use spray paint to give your mailbox a fresh coat of color. You can also use stencils to create patterns or designs. Vinyl decals are great for adding house numbers or names. Another way to give your mailbox a makeover is by planting flowers around the base of the post. Opt for perennials to keep maintenance to a minimum.

4. Incorporate Artwork

You likely have artwork inside your home but did you know artwork can be used outdoors as well? Choose weather-resistant, waterproof pieces to decorate the outdoor of your home, such as metal cutouts and water sculptures. There are also many common décor items you can incorporate into your yard, such as wind chimes, bird baths, and etched wood signs.

5. Update Your House Numbers

Something as simple as updating your house numbers can make a big impact on your home’s exterior. Purchase plastic, wood, or metal numbers to place on the front of your home or use vinyl decals applied to a sign or directly to your home’s siding. You may also want to consider placing the numbers in uncommon areas, such as on your front door, on the fronts of flower pots, or on a planter box.

6. Install Decorative Shutters

Install decorative shutters on your windows to give your curb appeal a major boost. When you choose to install false shutters, installation is easy. Simply measure the length of the window, choose a shutter design, and mount the shutters to the edges of the windows using screws.

7. Create an Inviting Pathway

Welcome guests to your home with an attractive pathway. Use decorative bricks and pavers to create an eye-catching pattern that draws that eye to the front door. If you’re on a budget, consider a more inexpensive alternative to stones such as cedar or other types of wood chips.