Now, it’s been my experience that exterior upgrades generally cost a lot more. The cost of materials is higher, and the labor involved is oftentimes more than an average DIY-er could tackle, especially if we’re talking about siding or paint changes, new windows or doors, hardscaping, landscaping, or changing the elevation by adding a porch or something. We were fortunate to receive new siding last year after some pretty extensive hail damage. Here is the before and after:
Obviously new siding and/or whole-house paint jobs aren’t always financially possible. However, we’ve recently added something that didn’t cost a lot at all, and it got me thinking about other ways to add a lot of curb appeal for NOT a lot of money. So I’ve rounded up 10 ideas for you. Hope you find something you can use!
Here’s the update we recently made for about 30 bucks:
I came across a garage door hardware kit at Lowe’s, and just love what it has added to our garage door. Our home came with this random hayloft type-thing on the garage, so we decided to go with it and make the garage door look more barn-ish. Next, we’re adding a cupola to the roofline. Here are some other ideas…
2. Hang Old Glory
Front porches and American flags are just meant to be together. It’s so simple, but if you don’t have one already, find a spot to hang Old Glory and try to tell me it doesn’t automatically boost your curb appeal.
3. Paint the Front Door
It bears repeating. Not nuts about your front door? Paint it! Exterior doors are hundreds of dollars but a quart of paint is do-able. You may not be able to change the color of your house, but sometimes just changing the color of the front door is enough.
4. Add Architectural Detail
Amarr Garage Doors via Vignette Design
Pergolas are easier and less expensive to build than porches, and you can train vines to grow over them for tons of impact.
5. Spruce Up Your Mailbox
If your mailbox is on the curb, it’s literally the first thing someone sees when they’re looking for your house. Make sure it’s not an eyesore!
6. Replace Outdoor Sconces
These don’t even have to be spectacular or expensive to be a huge improvement.
7. Remove or Replace Storm Door
This update is more expensive that my other suggestions, but it’s one of my biggest pet peeves…a storm door that covers half of the front door! If you need a storm door, get one that’s full-view. So much more inviting. They’re about $200, but it will make all the difference.
8. Edge and Mulch Your Beds
If you’ve got flower beds, get out a shovel and edge those babies! Fill in with fresh mulch and you won’t believe the difference.
9. Go with Green
Let’s face it, not all of us are gardeners, nor do we aspire to be. And perennials are expensive! So if you’re not sure which color flowers to choose, go green. It goes with everything. Some people might disparage hosta, but I love them. They come in a variety of shades of green, they’re inexpensive, they grow fast, they’re hard to kill, and you can divide them each spring and replant in other places. If you’re intimidated by all of the choices at garden centers and don’t have the budget for professional landscaping (who does?), buy several hosta, plant them in a somewhat shady spot, wait a year and two, and you’ll love how lush your home looks. Ferns are another good one. Hang a few, and your home instantly looks more home-y.
10. Plant One Vine
Going along with the gardening theme, I think it’s incredibly intimidating to plan landscaping without prior expertise. Rather than make mistakes and waste money and time, go with green (as I said above) and choose one flowering vine as a showstopper. The above pictures say it all. You don’t have to have much else going on…one gorgeous vine can do a lot. Most of them require a sunny spot.
I hope there’s something on this list you haven’t seen or thought of before. A lot of the lists I’ve seen for adding curb appeal include things like building a porch, getting new windows, or installing a brick walkway, and I always think, “Well, yeah! I could change the look of my house pretty easily with stuff like that!” But I think several little changes can make a huge impact, too. Good luck!