5 Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
For the past several weeks, have you found yourself pulling into your driveway and not being very impressed with how the outside of your house looks? If so, you’re not alone. Oftentimes, there is so much focus that we put into the interior our homes that the exterior tends to go overlooked.
The good news is that there are all kinds of easy and inexpensive ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. We’ve enclosed five of them for you below:
Get a new mailbox (or paint the one you’ve got). All of us have driven in neighborhoods where the houses look nice but the mailboxes have definitely seen better days. It only takes a couple of hours to go by your local home improvement store to pick up a new mailbox to install or you can give your current one a bit of an upgrade by applying a few new coats of paint on it. Do It Yourself, Wiki How and even YouTube all have step-by-step instructions on how to do it. Just go to their sites and put “paint a mailbox” in their search fields.
Clean off your driveway. Over time, even your driveway can start to look a bit on the dirty side. If you have a gravel one, make sure to pick up any trash and pull up any weeds that may be growing inside of it. If you have a paved driveway, make sure to sweep off any debris, to put down some kitty litter for about 48 hours to absorb any car oil stains and then to thoroughly rinse it off with an outdoor water hose.
Plant some flowers. Nothing says “warm and inviting” quite like a bed of flowers. Whether you decide to plant some in your front yard, in some flower boxes along your windowsills or to hang them in plant holders on the porch, you can never go wrong with daisies, lavenders, lilies, irises and hydrangeas.
Paint your doors. Whether you’re doing some home remodeling St. Louis, Dallas or someplace closer to where you live, a great way to modernize your house’s exterior appearance is to paint your front door and garage door. You can find instructions on how to do this by going to your favorite search engine and putting “how to paint your front door” or “how to paint your garage door” in the search field. Everything I Create even has a feature on how to paint your garage door so that it looks like wood. Always keep in mind that if you can afford it, you can always have new doors installed as well.
Add some lights. New outdoor lighting is always a nice touch. You can position some luminarias outline your driveway, you can place a lamp at the end of your driveway or you can purchase a new light fixture to place beside your front door. The options here are endless. Just make sure to pick one that reflects your personal style; one that sheds light on all of the things that makes your home special—from the outside in.