Up Your Curb Appeal on a Budget

by Lauren Caggiano

Your home’s exterior can set the tone for the inside. What message are you sending to the world? Maybe you want to stay in your home for years or perhaps you’re considering putting it on the market soon. If you’re in the latter camp, know that curb appeal is key to resale value. An inviting entrance is the first step to staging a house for resale.

 Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a small fortune to give your outdoor space a breath of fresh air this spring. Here are a few budget-friendly ways to take your home to the next level.

 Front door makeover

Why stick with a boring neutral shade when you can walk on the wild side with a playful shade? A bright and bold door color can provide a nice contrast when paired with a more conservative color on the siding. See how other homeowners are having some fun with this concept.

Wreath

A wreath can be just the ticket to creating a welcoming environment. Whether you choose an evergreen one or change the design with the seasons, such a piece is sure to make a statement. As we look toward spring, here are some fun DIY designs.

Mailbox

Your mailbox can be more than just a functional structure in front of your house. Check out this post on personalizing yours and we guarantee yours will be anything but boring.

Lighting

If you already have a sconce or hanging pendant by your front door, consider swapping out the hardware for something different. Be sure to clean off all cobwebs and debris around outdoor light fixtures – a sure way to make your house look more inviting and maintained. If you want to double down on lighting, hang some porch string lights or use solar-powered lanterns to create more warmth.

Plants

Any #plantmoms out there? We’re entering spring, which means it’s a good time to find all sorts of flora at your neighborhood greenhouse or home improvement store. Potted plants flanking your entrance can provide an element of symmetry. Hanging plants and ferns are hardy varieties that can add some color and eye candy.

House numbers

A DIY house number can be a fun (and fairly easy) weekend project. Here’s some inspiration from this blogger.

Hardscapes

Any landscape designer will tell you there’s more to creating an inviting exterior than green grass or blooming flowers. Stamped concrete, as well as wood, rocks and stone pathways offer both form and function. Benches and fountains can create an inviting atmosphere, too.

A word of caution: Just be sure to maintain these elements. Sweep leaves, dirt, and debris off your walkways on the reg. For stains on concrete, consider renting a power washer to remove annoying grime that accumulates.

Try these tips and don’t forget to snap a photo or two to capture the fruits of your labor!

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