Are your house and yard crying out for some attention, but you don’t want your wallet to cry too? No problem, here are 10 easy and inexpensive ways to add curb appeal without breaking the bank.
Front Door Fix
Add a coat of color to that front door. This is a fast and easy project that can make a huge impact. Pick a bright paint that is a contrast to your home’s exterior to make your door pop! If your door hardware is dingy or tarnished, try one of the hand hammered bronze spray paints you can buy for less than $4 at Walmart. Your door will look amazing in no time!
Banish Boring Windows
Give those windows a color boost with some inexpensive flower boxes and brackets you can pick up at the Home Depot. Install the boxes, add potting soil and plant some colorful annuals that will bloom all season.
If your mailbox has seen better days, head off to Lowe’s and get a new one. The PostMaster Classic, Black Metal Post Mount Mailbox is less than $25 and will add a fresh, clean look to your yard.
Love Your Lawn
Get your lawn looking lush and green with some simple care. Rake it, seed bare spots, remove weeds, water it and mow it regularly. You will have a green summer ready lawn in no time!
Tend Your Flower Beds
Weed your flower beds, add some pretty bright annuals for all season color. Use some colored mulch to fill in and prevent weeds.
Clean Your Gutters
Do you have plants growing out of your gutters? It is definitely time to clean them. Grab some gloves and tackle those gutters, they are not flower boxes after all.
Light The Way
Some inexpensive solar path lights along your walkway will light the way to your front door. It will make your home look more inviting to your guests and a lighted walk is a safer walk. The Portfolio 6-Path Light Black 0.5-Watt LED Path Light Kit is on sale at Lowe’s for only $12!
Shine Up Those Shutters
You would be amazed at what a coat of paint can do for faded vinyl shutters. I did this on my own home and it made a huge difference. I found a paint that was similar to the original and got down to painting. Choose a paint made for vinyl and it will hold up well. Mine have been through 3 brutal winters and are still vibrant and fresh.
Replace or Repaint Exterior Lighting Fixtures
Are your exterior lights looking worn and dated? Don’t have the budget for new fixtures? No worries, you can easily update them with a hand hammered metal look spray paint. This is another project I did myself to update my polished brass fixtures to a hand hammered bronze. For less than $4 a can, I had what looked like brand new fixtures when I was done.
Get Your Numbers
Add a new set of house numbers to your mailbox post or the side of your door. You can find lots of decorative numbers at Lowe’s and Home Depot. It will not only look better; it could save your life by letting emergency responders find your house easier.