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Have you been thinking that your home’s curb appeal could use a bit of sprucing up? Lots of homeowners would like to make improvements to their home’s exterior, but they don’t quite know where to start.
Whether you’re considering selling your home or would just like to update it a bit, improving your home’s exterior doesn’t necessarily take a lot of time or money. Some fairly quick, simple changes can make a big difference in your home’s appearance. Here are five easy projects that can boost your home’s curb appeal.
1. Paint the front door
One of the first things that people see when they look at the front of your house is your front door. A new coat of paint on your front door can give your home a fresh new look and style.
There are lots of options when it comes to painting your front door. You can go bold and eye-catching to enhance your front door as a visual centerpiece, or more subtle yet classy for an understated but stylish look that complements the rest of your home’s colors.
Many homeowners are opting for bright colors, like blues, greens, reds, and even oranges to give their front door some fresh new “pop.”
2. Display or Replace House Numbers
You may not think much about it, but your house number is one of your home’s most important features for visitors as well as delivery workers. Those numbers are one of the first things people look for in the front of your home to identify it.
Giving your house numbers a makeover is a quick, easy update that can make a big difference. Replace your old, worn-out, or tarnished numbers with an updated metal or wood style and you’ll notice the difference—and so will your visitors.
3. Add Greenery and/or Flowers
Greenery and flowers are common decorative features, but many homes could use some updating in the area of plants and flowers. Trimmed, well-kept greenery, like shrubs or ground ivy, can give a natural, welcoming feel to your home. Flowers can provide a cheery first impression.
While planting is certainly an option, you don’t even need to get you’re your shovel to add some greenery or flowers to your outdoor space. A few well-placed potted shrubs or flowers are quick, easy options. Bright, low-maintenance plants are best for sprucing up your home’s curb appeal.
4. Add Functional and Decorative Lighting
Lighting is a versatile way to improve your home’s curb appeal. You can go subtle or bold, or anything in between.
You might consider replacing old, worn-out lighting fixtures with a newer, more contemporary style. Changing out your bulbs for more energy-efficient LEDs can also give you more options for brightness or color tones.
Some string lights can give a soft, festive feel, especially on a front porch. Adding some solar light along your front sidewalk or flower bed can give a welcoming look.
5. Replace Mailbox
Like your house numbers, your mailbox is one of the first things that people see when they look at your home. A mailbox update could be a fun, quick repaint with fresh, bright colors. Or you could replace your mailbox altogether for one with a new shape and size.
If you buy a new one, be sure to buy an approved mailbox and follow height regulations. Curbside mailboxes are required to be mounted and the bottom must be 42-48 inches above the ground