9 Ways to Upgrade Your Curb Appeal for under $500

9 Ways to Upgrade Your Curb Appeal for under $500

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Improving your curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. It often takes a little bit of time and attention to make a drastic improvement.  Did you know that a first impression is made within the first seven seconds? SEVEN seconds!!!

Now that I’ve caught your attention let’s figure out how to spend $500 and make it appear as you spent a whole lot more.

1. Paint Your Front Door

The other day as I was walking my dog in my community Jojo and I became witnesses to a crime. I hurried home and told my husband that one of our neighbors was using a can of spray paint to paint their front door.

Yes, it’s true…but it gets worse….

Their house is a faded “I should have had a paint job years ago off white,” and they were spraying the door WHITE to match!!! Why?? Our neighbors failed their home once again.

When choosing your front door color aim for contrast. If you don’t trust your own judgment take a drive and study homes that have caught your attention within seconds.  

Red Front Door

2. Upgrade Your House Numbers

House numbers are often overlooked when improving the appeal of a home. Some homeowners will paint their house and reuse the same numbers – Don’t even get me started on this!

It’s not only how people find your house, and it’s an easy and inexpensive way to add some personality. Depending on how many digits you have, you could even choose to spell out the number.

3.  Window Shutters

Wood shutters can be built even with beginner level carpenter skills. We had a few friends that jumped on the house flipping game and would make their own shutters.  They kept their shutter simple with a board and batten shutter style.

If they needed to scale back their project due to the allowed funds for the property, they would only shutter up the front of the property. For properties with vinyl siding, use vinyl shutters to add curb appeal

Home Depot online has the best selection of exterior shutters starting from $28 a pair. To view their selection, Click Here

4. Outdoor Planters

Outdoor planters and urns are perfect for sprucing up your entryway.  Turn your front steps into an inviting focal point by layering several well-chosen plants. Arrange them on multiple levels and vary the container sizes. 

Remember that odd grouping usually look best in decor. While living in the North East, I would rotate my flowers per season and use small pine bushes or ornamental cabbage during the winter season.

5. Window Boxes

Even a few simple window boxes can make passers-by stop dead in their tracks.  After strolling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, I have a new appreciation for window boxes. Charleston is well known for its historical charm and having its streets filled with the sweet smell of flowers in the air.  

We can learn much from the gardeners that ride their bicycles to tend to their client’s flowers on cobbled streets. 

  • Flowers should pop from afar, so you’ll want to fill those planters with lushness.
  • Spillage is encouraged so don’t be afraid of having an overflow.
  • Be prepared to change out the flowers a few times a year.
  • Plant a variety of colors. There is no need to play the matching game.
  • Choose your plants according to the sunlight they will receive.
  • Water, water, and water to keep your boxes healthy.

6.  A Well-Manicured Lawn

No matter how stunning your house is if you have a weed-infested and unkempt lawn, your house will still be an eyesore. Having a healthy lawn is not rock science and will drastically increase your home value. Your neighbors will be thankful too.

Don’t forget to tidy up those edges. Using a string trimmer will allow you to create neat edges to give off that polish look.

Your landscape will stand out by adding a vibrant color mulch around trees and garden beds. Trimming up your scrubs and removing any dead branches will show off your good scenery.

6.  Porch Columns

Adding some wood elements will add some warmth to your front entrance and if color isn’t your thing. If your porch contains columns, you can add some character by wrapping your existing your columns in wood.

Keep in mind wood will require some maintenance in time. You can prevent moisture damage and extend its lifespan by using a quality wood sealer.  For a maintenance-free option, PVC can be used to wrap columns since it is rot-free and waterproof. 

7. Add Decorative Garage Door Hardware

Florida is one of those blessed states that have embraced “snout” houses.

These homes have garages that are more prominent than the front door. Since the garage door is one of the main features adding decorative hardware is a simple and cost-effective way to dress it up. Less hardware used appropriately usually looks better than an abundance. The size and position of where the hardware is placed is key to making it look like it belongs on the door. Often just a latch or pair of pulls adds that little something extra.

8. Give Your House a Bath

Nothing screams – I require some TLC as a dirty home exterior. To ensure your home looks it’s best, you could hire a professional to power wash your home, drive, and sidewalk. Blasting away the algae and grime will allow your home to be clean and beautiful. 

9. Porch Columns

Adding some wood elements will add some warmth to your front entrance and if color isn’t your thing. If your porch contains columns, you can add some character by wrapping your existing your columns in wood.

Keep in mind wood will require some maintenance in time. You can prevent moisture damage and extend its lifespan by using a quality wood sealer.  For a maintenance-free option, PVC can be used to wrap columns since it is rot-free and waterproof. 

In Conclusion

We are all guilty of spending most of our time and money to improve our interior living spaces. Curb appeal should be viewed as a representation of what’s inside. The next time you take a stroll around your neighborhood try to see your house as a future buyer.  

Doing so will allow you to view your home with a critical eye notice things like sidewalk cracks, overgrown hedges, or the need of a fresh coat of paint on your front door.  Once you narrow down, your issues, use one or more of the above suggestions to improve your curb appeal. If you found this post helpful, you may want to add it to your favorite Pinterest board or share it with a friend.

Hey –  we would love to get to know you so drop us a comment. What do you plan to tackle to improve your curb appeal?  

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