Having great curb appeal will not only improve the likelihood of interested buyers coming inside to take a closer look, but having pride in ownership can do a lot to improve your mood as well.
We’d all like to have a house that instantly makes guests feel welcome and that we are happy to come back to after a long work day. I’ve taken lots of simple, inexpensive curb appeal projects and divided them into 5 main categories.
Start with what’s easy for you to do now and build upon that momentum for more labor intensive projects. You can do this, and it will be SO worth the effort.
1. Clean & Camouflage
Power wash your driveway and bricks, stone, or siding
Scrub your front door & windows
Make electricity boxes blend in by painting them to match your house
Disguise hoses, AC units, and dumpsters with baskets/planters and privacy fences
New Front Door Handle & Knocker
(Or, see this guide for how to spray paint your existing hardware)
Decorative Garage Door Handles & Brackets
– Here’s a Step by step guide
Proudly display house numbers in a modern font
Whether you’re looking for adhesive vinyl for your mailbox, stencils to paint your curb or oil-rubbed aluminum to mount by the garage, this site has lots of options
You can find many more options on Etsy & Amazon.
Front door – don’t be afraid of a bold color like blue, red or black. It might not be for every home, but check out these tips on picking the right color:
And there’s even an App to sample what it will look like:
Mailbox - Rather than buying a whole new one -- see if black spray paint can't give yours new life
House Trim painted in a complimentary color can give you house a polished look. Keep in mind that not everyone is an expert painter -- know your limits and hire a pro when it comes to getting things done correctly.
Window Boxes & Hanging Planters full of colorful, seasonal flowers give your home vibrancy and show that it has been cared for.
Planting flower beds around trees makes them stand out from your grass.
Shutters – though often non-functional add dimension and character to your façade.
Window trim can make windows look more modern and larger.
Molding that frames your front door gives the entry depth and makes it a focal point.
A curving stone walkway from the curb makes entry easy for anyone not parking in the garage.
A bench, rocking chairs or a porch swing give an inviting, homey vibe.
For around $10 you can get a new Welcome mat.
Solar powered lights along the walkway are less expensive since they don’t have to be wired into the electrical lines, plus they’re green!
Carriage lanterns and golden yellow light bulbs make your home picturesque at night.
I hope you find these tips helpful -- and I hope your house looks even better this time next year!