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

First impressions when it comes time to list your home for sale, but creating that stunning curb appeal doesn't have to break the budget. Here are some simple, easy and cost-effective ways to add pop to your property

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, though. Here are seven fast and cheap ways to add curb appeal to your home.

1. Paint the front door

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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. Best of all, 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

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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 aluminium and 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


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

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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, too. You might even be able to find fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time.

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


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 as well as outdoors.

6. Freshen the Flowers


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


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, which 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 nice and finished look that you can take pride in.

Kelsey Allen
Kelsey Allen

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