DIY Curb Appeal: 10 Inexpensive Ways to Boost a Home’s Presentation

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Are you looking for affordable ways to improve your home’s curb appeal?

If so, now’s the perfect opportunity. With more people stuck at home due to social distancing guidelines, you’ve got more time on your hands to make those changes. Use your time to improve your home now, and you’ll be sure to enjoy it for years to come!

Also, if you’re planning to sell your home down the line, adding some DIY curb appeal can improve your home’s value by up to 7%, at least. While most homes sell based on the state of their interiors, it’s common knowledge among realtors that a beautiful exterior goes a long way to getting a home sold—at a better price to the sellers.

So, as you can see, there’s no reason not to boost your home’s presentation! Whether you’re planning to appreciate it yourself or use it as a marketing tactic, you can’t go wrong.

Keep reading for some great curb appeal ideas that won’t break the bank.

  1. Add Some Greenery

Depending on your budget, you can add a variety of lush greenery to your front yard.

Perhaps you plant rose bushes near the home’s exterior. For something that takes up more space, consider planting some hydrangea bushes. If you’re not the type that’s into flowers, add some shrubs or small trees to the landscape.

Choose something that speaks to you, plant it, and maintain it for a simple but effective curb appeal boost.

  1. Upgrade Your Doormat

This is perhaps one of the most affordable upgrades you can make to your home.

The front door is what you and all your guests see first when they enter your home. If you don’t have a doormat at all, it’s time to get one. Doormats are a great place to track additional dirt and grime before shoes enter your living space, and are easy to clean.

You can buy many doormats and change them with the season or on a whim for a fresh look.

  1. Paint Your Front Door

Painting your front door costs as little as a gallon of paint. However, it can boost your home’s value by up to $6,000!

You might be surprised to hear that the most popular color to paint your front door is black or charcoal. If this hue looks good with the rest of your home, go for it.

If not, consider a more neutral color, like white or tan. If you’re into pops of color, you can go for deep blues or even canary yellow.

  1. Install a Flag Pole

Poles for flags are inexpensive to buy and offer a simple but fun upgrade to any home.

You can change your flag to the season, donning Thanksgiving-, Christmas-, or even Valentine’s Day-themed flags. You can keep it classic and go for a timeless, year-round design that always looks nice (think: the American flag). Or, you can make it even more personal by throwing up your favorite sports team.

The options for flags are plenty. Get creative!

  1. Boost Your Lawn

Merely maintaining your lawn is a fantastic way to up your home’s curb appeal. Don’t install shrubbery and call it a day!

Additionally, keep the lawn looking tidy by investing in a high-quality mower and an edger. Edge the lines of your property—near the sidewalk, front door, and driveway—for an even more pulled-together look.

  1. Give It a Power-Washing

When was the last time you cleaned your home’s driveway or exterior?

Rent a power-washer or borrow one from a friend or family member. Use it to wash the driveway (you’ll never believe the color underneath the grime!) and the home’s siding, even paying particular attention to the windows. Be sure to change the pressure settings depending on what part of the home you’re washing.

Your home will sparkle like it’s brand-new after a simple deep clean.

  1. Install Some Bird Feeders

One simple upgrade that brings some life to your yard is bird feeders.

Prepare to feel like you’re in a scene from Snow White with this affordable, DIY curb appeal idea. Choose from a variety of squirrel-proof feeders, and tailor the seeds you use to the birds you want to see.

Consider hummingbird feeders, antibacterial feeders, and much more.

  1. Light up Your Walkway

Is your front yard feeling, well, dim?

If so, it’s time to add some light to your space. If you have a stone walkway or sidewalk that leads to your front door, consider adding something along its edges to light your path. You can even choose solar lights that gather energy during the day and stay bright through the night—no batteries or work on your part required.

This idea also includes the light by your front door. Update the light fixture to something contemporary, energy-efficient, and eye-catching. If you’re painting the front door, upgrade your light fixtures to match.

  1. Add On-Trend House Numbers

Does your house have numbers? If so, how old are they? It might be time to give them an update.

This is an extremely affordable home upgrade! You can simply choose your numbers from a home improvement store and install them yourself. Have the color and shape of the numbers match the rest of your home’s exterior for a seamless look.

Bonus: this helps guests, emergency workers, mail workers, and more, find your home that much easier.

  1. Get a New Knob for the Front Door

Why paint your front door and keep the same-old doorknob?

Focus on function and style when choosing a new one. You’ll want something trendy and efficient. For example, they’re now making keys-free doorknobs that are aesthetically pleasing, allowing you to ditch the key and still feel protected.

Of course, if you want to keep it classic and traditional, simply buy a knob with a look that matches the rest of your home’s front space.

These Inexpensive DIY Curb Appeal Ideas Go a Long Way!

Even just one of these curb appeal ideas on a budget will drastically improve your home’s presentation.

However, most of the ideas on this list are so affordable, you can do them all! You’ll be glad you did, too. If you can take pride in your dwelling, you’ll love spending time there, coming home to it, and having guests over.

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