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7 fast and cheap ways to add curb appeal to your home

curb appeal of a house

First impressions matter, and whether you’re trying to sell your home or impress your mother-in-law, a gorgeous yard and eye-catching front entryway make a great first impression. You don’t need to refinance your mortgage to give your house a facelift. Here are seven fast and cheap ways to add curb appeal to your home.

1. Paint the front door

Paint the front door red fast easy ways to add curb appeal

One of the easiest ways to boost curb appeal is to paint the front door. A $30 gallon of paint will not only make people stop and stare but will also make your front entry more welcoming.  Choosing the right colour is the hardest part. Opt for something bold and bright, like a cool turquoise or a stately red or sunny yellow. Just make sure it looks good against your siding, trim and roof.

2. Upgrade your house numbers

House number fast cheap ways to add curb appeal

Decorative house numbers have come a long way in recent years. There is even an entire font family dedicated to residential houses and commercial buildings called Neutraface. Starting at $30 a number, Neutra House Numbers come in aluminum, black and brass and add a modern aesthetic to any front porch. Regardless of which brand you buy, try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures.

3. Address the mailbox

Mailbox fast cheap ways to add curb appeal

Your mailbox might be functional, but why not make it a statement piece? Whether you have a regular mailbox by the road or a box mounted to your house, upgrading your mailbox can add character and curb appeal to your home. New mailboxes start around $20 and take a few hours to install.

4. Light it up

Exterior lights fast cheap ways to add curb appeal

Don’t just think about what your house looks like during the day. Nighttime curb appeal is just as important. Upgrading your exterior lighting can radically enhance your curb appeal. New lights can be purchased for $20, but if you’re going for a more vintage look, check salvage shops. You might even be able to find fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones.  This will save you some time in the installation.

Walkway and path lighting can also add beauty and security to your home exterior. If you don’t want to deal with complicated and expensive wiring, opt for solar landscaping lights.

5. Pull up a chair

Porch seat cheap easy ways to add curb appeal

Create a welcoming nook on your front porch by adding a pair of rocking chairs and a small table, a cozy spot with a bench and a garden stool, or an outdoor swing. Really want to show guests that you’re ready to play host? Grab an antique tea or bar cart that can be used for entertaining both indoors and out.

6. Freshen the Flowers

Flowers cheap easy ways to add curb appeal

Add some potted plants, hanging planters and flower boxes on the front porch railings to achieve a warm and inviting feeling without serious landscaping or gardening. (Keep in mind, you have to maintain the flowers to actually add curb appeal.)

7. Class up your garage door

Garage door red upgrade cheap easy ways to add curb appeal

Want a new garage door but don’t have thousands of dollars? Grab a drill and some decorative garage door hardware. For about $10, you can transform a plain garage door into one with a visual impact.  This will enhance your curb appeal, especially in a neighbourhood full of similar models.

There are many fast, inexpensive ways that you can up your home’s curb appeal. Adding curb appeal to your house not only makes it easier to sell, but it also gives your house that beautiful, finished look that you can take pride in.

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Kelsey Allen

Kelsey Allen is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. To see more of her work, visit kelseydallen.com.