8 Ways to Update the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Let’s face it, the first thing that people notice about your home is the exterior, so why is it that the exterior of our home is sometimes one of the last things we update? You may be busy finishing the basement, updating your appliances, painting the bathroom or whatever else that may be on your list, but there is something to be said for driving up to a home that is very well kept. The home’s exterior should be extremely inviting and give you a hint as to what the interior of your home is going to look like.

Updating the curb appeal of your home can be very easy. Some projects can be little and others much larger, so pick the ones that best fit your home, budget and style! Here are some fun ideas for ways to boast your curb appeal.

  1. Give your front door and garage door a new paint job. Your front door and garage door get a lot of use and can look “tired” or faded quickly. Consider repainting or even using a new, fresh color on the front door.

    Blue Painted Front Door

    Blue Painted Front Door

  2. Add garage door hardware. This is something that is simple, but really adds character to your home! Consider adding carriage door hardware to give it some flair!

    Updated Garage Doors

    Updated Garage Doors

  3. Add a striking door number to your home. You want this to be visible from the road! This update is not only functional, especially for guests trying to find your home, but it adds to the curb appeal of your home as well!

    Customized Address Numbers

    Customized Address Numbers

  4. Make customized planters. Want your initials, name or even your address? There are so many options for having some fun customized planters on your home that will add color to the exterior of your home.

    Customized Planters

    Customized Planters

  5. Cover your air conditioning unit. Let’s be honest – A/C Units are not the prettiest things to look at. Consider building lattice around it, or hiding it with some type of shrubbery (make sure to check with your manufacturer for maintenance tips and also make sure that you can still get to it for maintenance!)

    Lattice Covered Air Conditioner

    Lattice Covered Air Conditioner

  6. Decorate your front door with a wreath for the season. Feel free to buy one, but making a wreath for your home can be a lot of fun!  For the summer time flip flops are fun, and for football season?  Show off your favorite team!  The options are endless!

    Flip Flop Wreath

    Flip Flop Wreath

  7. Change your doormat! This is so quick and easy to do! After the winter months you probably need a new doormat, anyways.

    Sweet Home Floor Mat

    Sweet Home Floor Mat

  8. Replace or repair your window screens. It updates your home but also helps to keep bugs or other critters out of your home when you have the windows open. You definitely don’t want to welcome a mosquito into you home just because of a ripped screen, do you?

Hopefully some of these updates (if not all) sound appealing to you! It’s amazing what a little bit of TLC to the exterior of your home can really do to your curb appeal. You most likely will start a trend in the neighborhood, so be prepared for copy cats!

Spruce Up Your Front Porch for Spring

First impressions are important and that is especially true for the outside of your house. A porch is one of the first things that welcomes guests to a home, so it is prudent to make it look clean and inviting. Aside from impressing visitors, a porch can be one of the most relaxing places to hang out during warmer months.

Porch

Here are 3 ideas that will give your porch a facelift without breaking your bank.

Make or Buy an Assortment of Wreaths
A wreath is the perfect piece of decor that can be swapped seasonally. By having a few different options your front door will always have a fresh look. For those brave enough, there are thousands of DIY ideas which include creations with flowers, leaves, fruits, twigs and various materials on Pinterest. Another excellent option is to buy one from Etsy. For those who have never visited Etsy before, it is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and it is super addictive! They have hundreds of different wreaths at varying price points.

Flowers
Sunshine and flowers mark the return of Spring. By adding flowers to your porch, you will instantly improve curb appeal. The size of your porch will determine your options for arranging flowers. You can choose a color scheme that matches your house exterior or add a variety of colors to make your porch pop.
Here are some ideas to get you going:

  • Place a tall plant on each side of your front door
  • Add a flower box near a window
  • Hang a flower basket on one or both sides of the porch
  • Arrange small pots of flowers on the edges of the steps leading up to the porch

Fresh Paint
A new coat of paint on a front door can change the entire look of a house. This weekend project is one of the easiest makeover changes you can make. House Beautiful picked 16 of their favorite front door paint colors. Grab some paint supplies and instantly transform your house’s curb appeal.

So there you have it. A wreath, some flowers and a fresh coat of paint are all you need to spruce up your porch for spring!
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source: Coldwell Banker

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