Adding Budget-Friendly Curb Appeal to Your Home

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Are you looking for ways to add curb appeal without spending a lot of your hard-earned money?  When deciding on which upgrades to make, consider how much you want to spend, what your house currently looks like and what will look best with it.  Follow these budget-friendly ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank:

Paint the Front Door  Most exterior paint will cost you approximately $30 a gallon. Painting your front door can add some brightness and revive the look of the front of your house.  Pick a bold color that stands out, but make sure to match it to the rest of the colors on your house.  

Install a New Door Handle  An eye-catching doorknob or handle can punch up the design of the front of your house.  With a wide range of prices and styles, you have endless options. 

Install Flower Boxes or Potted Plants  If exterior painting is not in your budget, try adding flower boxes or potted plants.  Install boxes on the front porch railings as well as below the windows.  Window boxes are relatively cheap or simple to make.  Added greenery brings eye-catching color and appeal to any front porch.  Bringing a few potted plants to your home's exterior can dramatically enhance the look of your home.

Cheerful Doormat  A cheerful front doormat is a fun way to greet guests, while also keeping the dirt where it belongs — outside.

Add Charm With a Front Door Wreath  A new front door wreath can be inexpensively changed from season to season and adds charm to your home's curb appeal.

Replace Exterior Lighting  When buying new exterior light fixtures, consider both the style of your home and the function of the lights.  You want them to be able to adequately illuminate your entryway and make it safer.  Look for fixtures that have the same mounting system as the current ones that you have to save yourself some time.  Exterior light fixtures can be found anywhere from $20 and up.  Check salvage shops, you might be able to find vintage lighting to match the age and look of your home.

Install New House Numbers  If your house has old or faded house numbers on it, purchase some new numbers to spruce up the curb appeal.  Try to match your new house numbers with the finish that is on your exterior light fixtures. Simple house numbers can start at $2.00 per number.

Plant a Tree  Planting a tree is one of the most common ways to add curb appeal to your house. Before you plant a tree, consider how big the tree will get and how it will affect your house.  If you have enough space, try planting two trees to frame your house or your entryway.

There are dozens of small, inexpensive home improvements that you can do to kick-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 in which you can take pride in.